For sale is this vintage 1960 Fender Vibrolux 5F11 electric guitar amplifier. This tweed Vibrolux, serial number F03510, is in very clean 100% all original condition and includes the original footswitch, the original Victoria canvas cover, and the original hang tag! This completely original example even retains all of the original tubes, the original gray power cable, the original Astron capacitors, and the original Jensen P10R. This is the amp for the collectors, the extreme tone mongers, the connoisseurs of condition, and the player-investor personalities. Not only is this beautifully preserved Vibrolux an incredibly attractive example, it happens to be one of the absolute best sounding tweed amplifiers ever made. This example is intact and efficient on every level, and sounds even better than it looks.
Serial Number: F03510
Transformer Codes: 6 6079-B, 606020
Tube Chart Stamp: JF (June 1960)â¨
Speaker Code: 220943 (Jensen P10R)
This â60 Fender Vibrolux 5F11 features; â¨(1) RCA 5Y3, (2) Sylvania 6V6s, and (2) Sylvania 12AX7 original tubes through the original 1 x 10â³ Jensen P10R Special Design speaker. All of the Astron caps are original, as are both the Triad and Woodward-Schumacher transformers.
This amp is in very excellent cosmetic condition, with the only visible flaws being; very slight fading of the lacquered tweed, as well as, several knots showing through the tweed covering. The tweed exterior does not display usual distress and the original grill cloth is in perfect structural shape without rips, tears or fraying. The chrome control panel is crisp, clean, and mirror-like, without usual oxidation and rust.
This amp works perfectly and sounds unbelievably great. The tweed Vibrolux is often overlooked as the Deluxe, Bassman, Bandmaster, Champ and Twin are much more popular, and while it doesnât share the favored acclaim of the tweed Deluxe, this particular example is simply better. Since this amp works perfectly, it is very efficient, strong, and fertile. It is loud, pronounced, and aggressive with sweet headroom that does not collapse with compression. Unlike the typical Tweed Deluxe, when pushed to 12, the saturation does not exhaust the sustain. It produces signature tweed gain without imploding and over-compressing like many tweeds: this is partially due to the Jensen P10R 10â³ speaker. The original speaker retains the original cone which is just as tight and responsive as it was 40 years ago. Yes, all Fender tweed amps can be great, but over the course of the last 50 years electronics expire, transformers fatigue, speakers blow, and other parts can break. When repaired with newer and replacement parts, these amps assume a completely new nature for the better or worse. Obviously, some repairs are necessary, but finding a 100% all original amp that works perfectly and sounds this great is becoming very difficult.
Sale Price: $4,699