This is a vintage 1964 Fender Vibroverb -Amp electric guitar amplifier. This particular example, serial number A04438, is in very nice original condition, has a factory gray frame 15″ JBL and includes a non-original vintage cover and the original footswtich. The Fender Vibroverb has long been highly coveted by tone fanatics, and for good reason: it is completely unique, and unlike any other Blackface amp with Reverb. Even the original catalog description suggests it “surpasses other amps in tone and power within and above its price range.” The amp once synonymous with, if not responsible for, Stevie Ray Vaughan’s incredible tone, which was also reissued in 2003 (and discontinued in 2008) is considered the holy grail of Fender Blackface amps. This is a fantastic example for both players and collectors in search of a very original, no issues, high-quality player’s grade Vibroverb.
Serial Number: A04438
Tube Chart Stamp: NJ (October 1964)
Speaker Serial: 47323 (JBL)
Transformer Codes: 606323, 606415, -606-4-34, -606-4-30,
The Fender Vibroverb features: (1) vintage GE GZ34 rectifier tube, (2) 6L6 power tubes, (3) 7025, (2) 12AT7, and (1) 12AX7 preamp/phase/reverb tubes through a single 15″ JBL D130F speaker.
As mentioned above, this example is in very nice mostly original condition. Most of the tubes are original, and only the electrolytic capacitors have been (inevitably) replaced. Fairly recently, the power tubes were upgraded, and the original power cable was swapped for a 3-prong grounded chord. The original parts, however, are not included.
The amp is in very intact original cosmetic condition, with no modifications whatsoever. The original wheat grille cloth displays rich patina, and there are a couple of very small snags. The cabinet is in perfect structural shape, and there are no additional holes on the bottom from caster (which is all too common on these larger and heavier Fender combo amps.) The hardware exhibits patina and oxidation, but the overall appearance of this amp is quite attractive. It has enough wear to look great, but was certainly well-maintained and never abused.
Most importantly, the amp works perfectly and sounds ridiculously great. Far superior to a Super Reverb or a Deluxe Reverb, this amp produces an incredibly dynamic, yet lush and harmonic, tone that absolutely sings. Whether the Volume is set at 3 or 10, the amp sounds great. Superb clean tones, and jaw-dropping subtle overdrive make this particular example quite complementary with pretty much any guitar. The speaker is in perfect all original condition with the original cone. It is highly responsive, and does not exhibit voicecoil distortion or cone fatigue.