Fender Custom Vibrolux Reverb

Model/Circuit Number:
Years of Production:
1995 – Present
Era:
Configuration: Combo
Controls: Black, forward facing w/ white labels, controls numbered 1-10
Knobs: Black or white round, unnumbered
Faceplate

  • Front: Normal: In, In, Vol, Treb, Bass – Bight: In, In, Vol, Treb, Bass, Reverb – Speed, Intensity – Pilot Lamp
  • Rear: Fuse, Power Sw, Standby Sw, Speaker Jack, Ex Speaker Jack, Footswitch Jack

Cabinet

  • Dimensions: 19 3/8 x 25 x 8 5/8
  • Hardware: Medium Chassis Straps 4 5/8”
  • Handle: Black Strap Handle
  • Feet: Glides
  • Corners: Corner Protectors

 

Covering Material

  • Tolex/Tweed: Blonde (95) of Black Tolex
  • Grill Cloth: Wheat (95) or silver sparkle grill cloth

Logo: Grill mounted, flat, chrome & black script
Weight: 46 lbs.
Speaker

Effects: Reverb, Tremolo
~Watts: 40 watts
Tubes

  • Pre amp: 12AX7
  • Power: 2 x 6L6GC

Bias: Fixed with bias adjustment pot
Rectifier: Solid State

Comments: Later models have black Tolex, silver sparkle grille cloth, and round white knobs.

8 thoughts on “Fender Custom Vibrolux Reverb

  • January 26, 2012 at 9:22 am
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    I bought The “CVR” and put it through some modification that really helped. After a quality re tubing, I had all caps replaced with F&T and other highest quality caps. This quieted the amp down a great deal. It was a John Fromel “Supreme Cap Kit”. Then I had the second Fromel kit installed. This kit contained  “The Moyer Mods” plus other changes to the tone stacks to the degree that it’s now a “Vibroverb” circuit.This brought out the reverb, ended the very early breakup quite a bit. This is the only Fender product that I have owned that actually required modification for me to like it. Channel one is brownfaced while channel 2 is blackfaced. It has the most beautiful tremolo I’ve heard. The 10″ P10R’s are fine for now. If I needed to turn it up substantially, I would perhaps disconnect those and use a 2×12″ cab.

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  • March 28, 2013 at 4:27 pm
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    Indeed, it is a noisy amp, but…it sounds amazing, very touch sensitive and more dynamic than say a ’65 Deluxe Reverb RI, ’65 Twin RI, Super Sonic 22, etc. The speakers really fit the sound of this amp. The reverb is a little thin and weak, but the tremolo is fantastic. Gets a little crunchy around 3. Very loud amp.

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  • October 2, 2014 at 8:35 pm
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    Brought mine home from GC they knocked off $300.00 as it was used to Demo
    in the VIP room. And yea I did notice the hissing and the abrupt bumps on the start up
    but it is the nature of the beast,.. until it’s moddded with the proper pieces and it has a
    totally different sound too, this model doesn’t have the vintage tube rectifier and once
    it’s been modded it will be minus the high end hissing and the lowend bumps! It is a greater tone machine
    than the vintage models! Keep the two channel Tremolo/Vibrato & Reverb intact(easily removed)replace tonestacks
    4 major pieces and you can have a Super Reverb ala the design’s 40 watts or as a Bassman’s mode with a nice biting tone but with Trem & Reverb!
    It’s capable of a real nice headroom and with a lower gain twin triode,..you can use it for the Tele&Strat on one channel and the Les Paul&SG on the other,.. and at the 40 watts when tube rectified there’s 45 watts as the usual with the Solid State Rectifier and it’s loud! The extra 5 watts may not seem like much but when it counts in the saturation from 9 to 10 the break up sweetens up!

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    • November 18, 2017 at 2:57 pm
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      Jesse, that is an interesting concept and one I haven’t considered. I recently purchased a 95 fender custom vibrolux reverb and it was not the cleanest of amps from abuse. As you know Fender builds a tough product whether its a guitar or an amp and I have a fondness for every product I’ve owned with the exception of SS amps. I have a short buzz that accompanies the played note, I don’t know why but I have to take it in to get addressed. Because of your post I am wanting to know more. I am familiar with the Moyer mod, I bought the amp because it was clean and pure at a low volume but the amp turns into a beast after 3 and thats quite loud for my ears (sensitive). I am interested in what you said in regards to “keep the reverb and tremolo intact”. I thought the Moyer mod’s main purpose was to get rid of the hiss which was mainly provided because of putting reverb on channel number 1?
      Could you elaborate more on your modded amplifier.

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  • August 9, 2016 at 5:24 pm
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    I’ve got one, I like it very much. I think people think it’s supposed to be a blackface sound, but it’s more brownface. The knobs.give it away.

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  • August 17, 2017 at 2:31 am
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    Replace the reverb tank with a three spring 9AB3C1B. Reverb will be lush and controllable.

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  • November 26, 2017 at 9:27 am
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    I bought mine used in 2008 or so at Parkway Music in Clifton Park, NY to use for recording. My only worry when I bought it was that it was a bit noisy. The owner switched out the 12AX7 in the #1 spot for a 12AT7 and that fixed it for me. Nice and quiet. As far as Blackface/Brownface; I’ve owned at least 7 Blackface Vibrolux Reverbs since 1968 and I am super happy with my CVR. I DO use a Fender Princeton Recording amp for recording now. It is the BEST!!

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  • March 3, 2018 at 4:55 am
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    I owned a Custom Vibrolux reverb. Bought it on e-bay and was highly surprised @ how noisy it was. Had the Fromel Supreme installed and it is one of the finest amps I’ve ever owned. I have always wondered why Fender let this amp out until they figured out how to make it right.

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