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Showing posts with label Fender Vibrolux. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fender Vibrolux. Show all posts

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Tech Talk - Fender "Vibrolux-Amp" 5F11 (1959)


Everyone knows about the Vibrolux but how many of us have had the chance to play one. Another beautiful review.
1956-1961

Model:
Vibrolux

Model No:
5F11

Config:
Combo

Control Panel:
Chrome top facing w/ white screened labels, controls numbered 1-12

Conrol Layout:
Fuse (¾A), Power Sw, Pilot Lamp, Depth, Speed, Tone, Vol, In, In, In

Knobs:
Black pointer

Cabinet:
Narrow panel, 16¾" x 20" x 9½" (42.5 x 50.8 x 24.1 cm)

Cab Covering:
Diagonal tweed

Cab Hardware:
Leather Handle, glides

Grille:
Brown grille cloth

Logo:
Cabinet mounted, Script "Fender Vibrolux" on rectangular tag

Weight:
21 lbs. (9.5 Kg)

Speakers/Load:
1 x 10"/? ohms

Speaker Model:
Jensen P10R

Effects:
Tremolo

Output:
10 Watts

Preamp:
12AX7

Power:
2 x 6V6GT

Bias:
Fixed bias, nonadjustable

Rectifier:
5Y3GT

Phase Inverter:
½ 12AX7 (split load)

Other:
Tremolo ½ 12AX7 (bias vary)

Comments:


The preamp used half of the phase inverter 12AX7 and half of the tremolo 12AX7.
A selenium rectifier is used in the bias circuit.
A speaker and tremolo footswitch jack are located on the bottom of the chassis.
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Saturday, April 23, 2011

How'd He Get That Sound


Stevie Ray Vaughn has always been known as one of the best tone masters of all time. Oh yeah, we all know he was terrific guitar player and soulful singer. His chops were terrific... but how did he get that tone. Well, he started out with being a great player and having great fingers, but here are a few of his secrets. He was known to superglue skin from other parts of his body to replenish his fingertips from the tremendous abuse that he took using super heavy strings (like 15's). I wouldn't advise this unless you have developed great style and hand strength. Better to play with 10's and clean than with 12's and sloppy. He had a great guitar, a standard Fender strat pretty much totally unmolested (except that he had a left handed trem bar put on with the theory that it gave him a Jimi vibe to his sound)although not used in this video. He could pick up any strat at guitar center and make it sound right. It just wouldn't feel right to him. All players are like that... and they hear subtle differences that we would never pick up. He played primarily through Fender Vibroverbs, Vibrolux's and Super Reverbs, both black and silver faced. It was with these amps that he got the beautiful full clean tube overdriven tone and dynamic tremolo that made his sound. Play one of the amps if you're a player. And don't be fooled into thinking that the new ones are just as good. They aren't. Get one of the old hand wired silver face or black face (or tweed if you got the dough) and give them a shot. Stevie used a silver face Super Reverb extensively as well as a brownface Vibroverb. The Vibroverbs are now over the top but you can still get the silverface AB763 amps pretty cheap... and they sound great. That 40 Watts into 4-10" stock speakers (Jensen, Oxford or CTS) can make magic even an amateur can really appreciate... immediately!
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