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BY DAVE HUNTER

mplifier collectors swarm to models with descriptors like "first year" and
"golden age," but other types can be far more interesting; a transitional model
or amp from a short-lived evolutionary crossroads - especially in "mint" condition - is enough to send goosebumps up the flesh. Such is the case with this one.
Other than a smudge at the bottom of the
front edge of its cabinet, this amp is nearly as
clean as it was the day a Fender rep walked it
through a dealer's door to replace the outgoing "blackface" line. So clean, in fact, that
when Hal Hawkins saw it in his local music
store, Martin Music Guitar, Memphis, he

assumed it was the late-model reissue Fender
calls the '68 Custom Vibrolux Reverb.
"But when I saw the speakers, I knew
it was not a reissue," Hawkins said. "The
store owner told me it had just been
brought in by a guy from Arizona who
got it from his next-door neighbor. It had

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been in a closet, with no cover, since he
bought it new in '68."
The amp's immaculate state carries through
to the inside of the chassis, where it's distinguished by a remarkable absence of dust
bunnies, cobwebs, spider carcasses, or even
mild pitting/corrosion (thanks, dry climate!).
Of course, any rabid excitement over this
amp is justified by far more than its unsullied
condition. The Vibrolux Reverb, whether
blackface or silverface, has long been regarded

Photos by Eric Martin.

SILVER
SERENADE
1968 Fender Vibrolux Reverb

1968 FENDER VIBROLUX REVERB
* Preamp tubes: three 7025 (12AX7
equivalent), one 12AX7, two 12AT7
* Output tubes: two 6L6GC
* Rectifier: GZ34
* Controls: Normal channel: Volume,
Treble, Bass; Vibrato channel: Volume,
Treble, Bass, Reverb, Speed, Intensity;
Bright switches on both channels
* Speakers: Two 10" Oxford 10L5
* Output: approximately 35 watts RMS


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