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Erv Niehaus


From:
Litchfield, MN, USA
Post Posted 8 Nov 2017 11:55 am     Reply with quote

I found a 1995 Fender Vibrasonic Custom amp in New York that included free shipping and I just couldn't contain myself, I just had to have it.
This amp was only built by Fender for a couple of years.
It has two channels with one channel just for steel.
The reverb is supposed to work on both channels.
The amp was designed by Bruce Zinky.
I am anxious to try it.
I have a '70s model Vibrosonic amp that I really like but a guy just can't have too many amps. Rolling Eyes
Erv

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Craig Bailey


From:
Alabama, USA
Post Posted 8 Nov 2017 12:37 pm     Reply with quote

Erv, I have the same amp. It is a great amp for sure.

Craig
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Erv Niehaus


From:
Litchfield, MN, USA
Post Posted 8 Nov 2017 12:51 pm     Reply with quote

Craig,
Do you have the stock speaker in yours?
Erv
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Dave Zirbel


From:
Sebastopol, CA USA
Post Posted 9 Nov 2017 3:00 pm     Reply with quote

I wish I still had mine. It was good for steel and even better for a Telecaster.
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Craig Bailey


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Alabama, USA
Post Posted 9 Nov 2017 6:58 pm     Reply with quote

Erv, I honestly don't know if the speaker is stock or not. What speaker does yours have?
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Erv Niehaus


From:
Litchfield, MN, USA
Post Posted 10 Nov 2017 7:42 am     Reply with quote

It's an Eminence speaker made for Fender.
In my other like amps I have JBL speakers and really prefer them.
Erv
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Craig Bailey


From:
Alabama, USA
Post Posted 10 Nov 2017 12:21 pm     Reply with quote

Mine is the JBL speaker
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Erv Niehaus


From:
Litchfield, MN, USA
Post Posted 10 Nov 2017 1:42 pm     Reply with quote

Craig,
I think I'm to put a JBL in mine. I have a couple of
D130F's that need reconing and when I get that done, one of those will go in there.
I reconed a JBL a while ago and it's not a really big deal and it turned out great! Very Happy
Erv
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Craig Bailey


From:
Alabama, USA
Post Posted 10 Nov 2017 1:52 pm     Reply with quote

I really love my vibrasonic. I have tried several other amps, but I keep coming back to it. I need to change out my tubes though. Any recommendations on tubes?

Thanks,

Craig
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Erv Niehaus


From:
Litchfield, MN, USA
Post Posted 10 Nov 2017 1:56 pm     Reply with quote

Craig,
I'm no help at all in that department. Sad
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Steve Spitz


From:
New Orleans, LA, USA
Post Posted 11 Nov 2017 8:51 am     Reply with quote

Erv,
Congrats on the new amp,Let us know how it works for you. Mine came with the same Fender/Emi speaker used in the Steelking.

Craig,
I retubed mine with JJs, I was pleased with the results.
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Erv Niehaus


From:
Litchfield, MN, USA
Post Posted 11 Nov 2017 9:04 am     Reply with quote

Thanks, Steve Very Happy
Erv
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Mike Castleberry


From:
El Paso Texas
Post Posted 11 Nov 2017 9:42 am     Fender Vibrasonic Amp Reply with quote

Congratulation Erv on your Vibrasonic amp purchase. These amps are scarce and can be pricey. I think they are really a modified Fender Twinn-Reverb amp.

I have a Vibrasonic Custom Amp and agree, they are very good for pedal steel and guitar. I would consider selling mine, but would prefer not to ship the amp.



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Steve Spitz


From:
New Orleans, LA, USA
Post Posted 11 Nov 2017 12:42 pm     Reply with quote

I could be mistaken, but I think these amps may have been assembled in the USA. Mine never gave me a bit of trouble. If your in the market for one, and the price is right, its a cool amp.
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Mike Castleberry


From:
El Paso Texas
Post Posted 11 Nov 2017 5:16 pm     Reply with quote

Steve, You are correct, made in the USA.


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Erv Niehaus


From:
Litchfield, MN, USA
Post Posted 13 Nov 2017 9:55 am     Reply with quote

From what I can read, the steel channel is pretty much stock Twin Reverb.
The guitar channel is like a Vibro-King.
It has what was called, at the time, the "Nashville" mod.
The reason I bought this amp is because they had free delivery. Most places don't want to ship an amp like this, let alone free. Very Happy
Erv
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Tom Wolverton


From:
San Diego, CA
Post Posted 14 Nov 2017 3:28 am     Reply with quote

Is this a circuit card amp, or PTP wired?

Also the comments on Ampwares are interesting.

http://ampwares.com/amplifiers/fender-custom-vibrasonic/
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Erv Niehaus


From:
Litchfield, MN, USA
Post Posted 14 Nov 2017 8:28 am     Reply with quote

I liked the responses. Very Happy
Erv
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Tom Wolverton


From:
San Diego, CA
Post Posted 14 Nov 2017 2:36 pm     Reply with quote

Wow 71 lbs. I’d be temped to put a neo 15 in it.
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Steven Paris


From:
Los Angeles
Post Posted 14 Nov 2017 2:46 pm     Reply with quote

Comment by Anonymous — September 13, 2011 at 11:32 am Reply
I own a Fender Custom Vibrasonic Amp and find it to be one of the most articulate amps I have ever played thru. It has been totally reliable and perfect in every way. After reading the above comment and several others on the web, I decided to contact Bruce Zinky, himself, the designer of this great amp and get his take on it, so there won’t be anymore mis-guided information and opinions on this fine amp. Here is the major body of the email I received from Bruce Zinky on September 12, 2011, concerning the 1995-1996 Fender Custom Vibrasonic Amp in his own words:

“It’s
a modified twin with a 15″. STEEL channel is stock Twin, GUITAR channel is
like a Vibro-King or Tone Master channel.

Fender needed a good sounding, loud amp with a 15″ that could be aimed at
guitarists or vintage style pedal steel players.
It has what I called at the time, the “Nashville” mods, which make
the power amp louder and clearer, compared to a Twin.

It’s heavy, but cool. Fender made a lot of those in a very short time. The
factory figured out that the amp didn’t cost much more than a Twin to make, but
sold for a whole lot more money,
and then built thousands of them to make their “Profit Center” look
good. Head of
Fender freaked out and discontinued the amp….Which, of course, made them
highly sought after as soon as they were no longer available.”

ENJOY.

BZ
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Erv Niehaus


From:
Litchfield, MN, USA
Post Posted 14 Nov 2017 2:47 pm     Reply with quote

Weight's no problem when you've got a big blonde Norwegian groupie like I have! Very Happy Very Happy
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Mark Fowler


From:
Minnesota, USA
Post Posted 15 Nov 2017 5:17 am     Reply with quote

https://schematicheaven.net/fenderamps/vibrasonic.pdf

Looks to be PCB circuit.
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