Fender introduced the Vibro-King in 1993 to great acclaim, marking a return to a great hand-wired amp tradition while including a previously unavailable selection of sought-after features. In the 25 years since, guitarists and amp aficionados everywhere have prized the enduringly classic Vibro-King™ as one of the most touch-sensitive amps ever, with sparkling-clean shimmer at lower volumes and powerfully thick overdrive when cranked up.
This is the fourth blonde Fender Custom Shop Vibro King amp we have listed here at PREMIER GUITARS. The first one we listed now resides with a happy new owner in QLD and is working 4 nights a week, and the second is the go-to amp for a part time player with 4 amps! The third was used by a respected pro player from Sydney, and now resides in a QLD studio.
This one is from the first batch of Vibro Kings to arrive in Australia in1993 and is fitted with its original 240v transformer. It has had no changes or modifications.
From Fender USA – “The Vibro-King amp has appeared on countless stages worldwide. This all-tube, completely hand-wired combo amp with birch ply cabinet is covered in blonde tolex with the appealing Brownface/White knob look. Running a pair of powerful 6L6 Groove Tubes for rich, full tone. The 60-watt Vibro-King Custom has unparalleled sensitivity to pick dynamics and guitar knob settings, and its crystal-clean tones, sparkling reverb and commanding overdriven tones are downright inspiring.”
The Vibro King from the Fender Custom Shop is essentially every great Fender amp wrapped in one. With creative use of the volume and tone pots you can go from Twin clean to Tweed crunch and then easily on to Marshall JTM tones. The vibrato circuit is the best you’ll ever hear and the reverb is to die for. The amp responds amazing well to rolling off your guitar’s volume and adjusting your pick attack.
Here’s a great tone trick with the VK – You can get a great preamp distortion at low volumes by rolling off all of the tone pots and cranking the volume up to 6 or 7 and then rolling on the tone pots – especially the mid – to taste. Power amp distortion is a little louder and doesn’t occur until you’re above 4 but when you get it, it’s like church.
- Model Name: Vibro-King Custom
- Series: Custom Series
- Type: All Tube
- Output: 60 watts into 2 ohms
- Ohms: 2 ohms
- Speakers: 3 x 10″ Jensen P-10R Speakers with AlNiCo Magnets,
- Channels: Single Channel
- Vibrato: Speed, Intensity
- Tube Complement: 5 X 12AX7, 2 X 6L6, 1 X 6V6 (Earlier amps used EL84)
- SS Rectifier
- Accessories: 2-Button footswitch for vibrato and “fat” on/off
- All Hand Wired Chassis,
- Fat Switch,
- Built in Vintage “Tube Reverb” with Dwell, Mix, and Tone Controls,
- New Vibrato Circuit with Speed and Intensity Controls,
- Effects Loop,
- Baltic Birch Plywood Open Back Cabinet,
- Tilt-Back Legs,
- Ivory Radio Knobs,
- Red Jeweled Pilot Light,
- 2-Button Footswitch for Vibrato and “Fat” on/off,
- 13-Ply Baltic Birch Plywood Cabinet
- Reverb: Dwell, Mix, Tone
- Fat Switch
- Vibrato Speed & Intensity
This amp has been used but well looked after. There are no rips or tears in the front grille or blonde tolex. There are a few light marks here and there but generally in good shape for a 25 year old amp.
This sale also includes an excellent Komet Airbrake attenuator. Originally built by Ken Fisher of Trainwreck USA amps, this Komet is from early 2001 and works a treat. The Airbrake is inserted between the amp’s output and the speakers. It allows the user to turn up the amp to utilize its harmonically rich output stage while reducing the signal sent to the speakers. This equals great fat tone at controllable volume.
The only work done on this Vibro King is some new valves added a short time ago. There are no structural or electronic issues, and everything is working perfectly. This point-to–point hand-wired amp sounds just like a modern classic should.
Used by Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, Robert Cray, Pete Townsend and many more.
And as they say – you can buy an amp that sounds different than the Vibro King but none sound better.
Includes a single channel footswitch and a new padded D2F2 cover in excellent condition.