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 seventh blonde Fender Custom Shop Vibro King amp we have listed here at Premier Guitars. They have all gone to appreciative new homes, mainly to pro players and studio owners seeking that pristine classic Fender hand wired goodness.
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: 3-10" 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 Jewelled 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 is one of the early ones, dating to the early to mid 1990s. It has been looked after well and presents in good condition. There are a few light scuffs & marks here and there but nothing offensive. It shows some natural dulling of the original blonde tolex, and a small separation of the seam on the top – see pics. But the grill cloth is free of tears or rips.
As far as we can determine it has had no changes or modifications to the circuit or structurally. The three original Jensen Special Design 10” speakers are in place and perform perfectly. This point-to–point hand-wired amp sounds just like a modern classic should.
This one came from USA many years ago and still carries its original 110v transformer. Which means a step down transformer is required for use in Oz, which is not supplied in the sale, but can be easily acquired for around $50.
The sale does include its original footswitch for control of Vibrato and the “Fat” circuit.
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.