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 two decades 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.
Fender now celebrates those two decades of great tone with the 20th Anniversary Vibro-King®. Fender and Jensen® collaborated on the amp's trio of warmer-sounding 10" speakers, and a finger-joined solid-pine cabinet increases resonance. Other premium features include all-tube hand-wired circuitry, custom Schumacher® transformers, and much more.
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I've worked my way through several Matchless and Bad Cat cathode biased amps of late, and a few Rivera fixed bias, but I've not bought a Fender in 15 years, until this month .
Looking for something different and interesting to add to the collection, research lead me to the 20th Anniversary Vibro-King. It's years and years since I've played one or for that matter, heard one! I thought it was rather bright and shrill at the time, and never thought about it again until someone on TGP forum raved about the brown/pine 20th vs his '96 blonde edition. Now that got me curious. He said the speakers (his were blues) were vastly improved, the volume control sweep was more controllable, the tone from the pine cabinet (compared to ply) was warm and resonant and the amp was quieter. He was absolutely right! It's marvellous. I took a chance buying new without hearing , but I'd emailed him and was happy he knew what he was talking about .
The no-negative-feedback power section is very, very fast & the 310 drivers are tightly controlled by the output section. Three knob tone control gives a very useable Eq; far more so than any other amp I own. The reverb is as we've read about and expect from this circuit, but the trem has a slight tick. I am surprised the neon hasn't been replaced by a red LED as in the classic "fix";for this. It's really no problem/expense at the factory level to resolve this issue. Come on Fender, read some reviews and act on it!
So, do I recommend this brown/pine 20th Vibro-King? Yes, especially since you can get a good price (I paid equivalent of US current street price) in Oz , if you have a keen dealership :-)
If you get the chance to play one, I think you'll be tempted by its character. I'm keeping mine with the collection of Matchless , Bad Cat and Rivera .
benedettoboy owns this item
The Vibro King has been my favorite amp since it came out in the '90s. It has has a huge full 3D like sound to it. There is something special about the three speakers and the way they work with this amp. The cleans are awesome and the overdriven tones are thick and bluesy. I have two. One is an original first year model and then I just recently purchased the 20th anniversary Model in pine and love the warm tone of the pine combo. What I like about the Vibro King is its touch response and percussiveness. You can really feel the notes on your guitar popping off the fret board — it's like a good old Fender amp and kind of sort of like an old Marshall. One thing is for sure you will be heard wherever you play.
You won't have any problems cutting through the mix. I have been blessed to play through many high-end amps over the years and I still have mad love for the Vibro King. It's in a class of its own. The reverb is lush and warm sounding - one of the best reverbs I have ever heard and I'm not really a guy who uses a lot of reverb, yet with the VK I have no choice but to use some because it really massages the tone in such a way that you just have got to love it. I keep one amp at church and the other one is my gigging amp.
The 20th anniversary model has pre-broken in Jensons and they sound great.
I am not sure if they tapered the volume on it but it seems as though it breaks up a little later than my older model which is not a issue at all with me. I think they improved this amp.
It's built like a tank and it sounds wonderful. It has a warm rich buttery tone.
I can see why so many big name bands and players use this amp as it gets the job done.
Faze owns this item
I own this amp and LOVE it. I got mine back in 06 when prices weren't so crazy. This is my go to amp. I have used this amp while playing out with many other musicians who were using many different and expencive amps and the Vibro King always out shines the competition. The Clean tone is to die for, and the over driven tones are awesome, stick a pedal in front of it and it totally rocks. I highly recommend this Amp. It is Expencive but this time you do get what you pay for. This Amp needs to be heard to be believed.
Don Manning owns this item
I have owned this amp for several years and I have never found another clean amp that I like as well. The tone is just amazing. Sounds great with a Strat, but I think it is even more special with a Tele. Clear highs, solid mids, and just the right amount of bass. No harsh overtones on this one. Mine is not the 20th anniv. edition, but I doubt anything was changed that would risk altering the tone. I rated the value a 3 on this, because it wasn't intended to be a good value. It is in my opinion Fenders best amp.
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|Model Name:||Vibro-King® 20th Anniversary Edition, Brown, 120V|
|Controls:||Pre-Gain '63-Style Fender® Reverb: Dwell, Mix, Tone. Fat Switch. Volume, Treble, Bass, Mid. Vibrato: Speed, Intensity|
|Effects Loop:||1/4" - (Send/Return)|
|Inputs:||Two - (1/4", Input 2 is at -6dB)|
|Speaker Jack:||External Speaker-Buchse|
|Cabinet Material:||massives Pinien-Gehäuse mit Keilzinkenverleimung|
|Pilot Light Jewel:||rote Amp-Betriebsanzeige|
|Handle:||"Dog Bone" Tragegriff|
|Tilt Back Legs:||Includes Tilt-Back Legs|
|Front Panel:||Brownface™ Style (Brown and Blonde Version), Blackface™ Style (Black Version)|
|Amplifier Depth:||10.5" (26.7 cm)|
|Amplifier Width:||24.88" (63.2 cm)|
|Amplifier Height:||22.66" (57.56 cm)|
|Amplifier Weight:||72 lbs. (32.65 kg)|
|Speaker Description:||Three Fender® Special Design Alnico P10R-F speakers by Jensen®|
|Speaker:||Three - 10" Special-Design Jensen® P10R-F with Alnico Magnets|
|Pre Amp Tubes:||Groove Tubes® - (5 x 12AX7)|
|Power Tubes:||Groove Tubes® - (2 x 6L6)|
|Reverb Driver:||1 X 6V6|
|Unique Features:||SSolid finger-joined pine cabinet for deeper resonance (brown version) or premium birch-ply cabinet for crisp tone (black & blonde versions), all-tube hand-wired circuitry on eyelet board, matched pair of Groove Tubes® 6L6 output tubes, three Fender® Special Design alnico P10R-F speakers by Jensen®, pre-gain '63-style Fender reverb with dwell, mix and tone controls (go from mellow to intense "crashing" reverb effect), tube vibrato (tremolo), custom transformers by Schumacher®, Fender chrome tilt-back legs, included two-button footswitch for selecting vibrato and FAT boost, included fitted cover.|
|FootSwitch:||2-Button Footswitch Included|
|Accessories:||Included 2-Button Footswitch for Selection Vibrato and FAT Boost|
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