Fender's Vaporizer amp evokes the 1950s-'60s age of the Space Race, when the atom-age world became enthralled with spaceflight and spacecraft. When the wild flights of fancy it launched permeated culture everywhere from film and television to cars, guitars, appliances and more--everything was bright, colorful and flashy. Garage bands blasted off with guitar music, and legions of musicians who couldn't swing pro gear bashed away on department-store guitars and amps.
The Vaporizer amp blasts you like a ray gun back to that exciting era. Affordable and out of this world, it would've been right at home aboard a Mercury capsule and down in the backyard fallout shelter. It would've been stumbled on decades later in some pawn shop corner by an unconventional guitarist with an ear for the distinctive and an eye for the stylish. It's the Fender Vaporizer. Stand back!
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I saw this at my local music store and plugged in a few Tele and Strat guitars both single coil and buckers. My favorite sound was with a Squier Affinity Telecaster. That Vaporizer pass through was awesome. I want to buy two and stereo them together. I love it when you can find a tone you like without pedals. The value is great. My Blues Jr. Is great and this sounds better in my opinion. I like them both. Well done Fender.
I sat down with this amp at a local music store and was blown away by the simplicity and the tone of this little 12w tube amp. If you long for that late 50's / early 60's tone, then this amp delivers. I found the 2x10" speaker configuration perfect for this amp. The spongy, chimney, punchy rounded tone of the speakers compliment the EL84 tubes perfectly. Although you could probably upgrade the speaker and achieve louder volumes and even better tone, I like the sound of the stock amp. Now remember its only $399, which I think is a great deal once you hear the sound of the amp. I saw the promo video and thought the amp was going to land around $699-$999 range.
I have a Blues Deluxe Reissue and now think that this 12w will replace my 40w at most gigs in smaller venues. The vaporizer breaks up nicely and holds great cleans. It takes pedals easily. I am using a Lovepedal HH Twin Tweed pedal with it and it sounds amazing. I was actually going to build a Twin Tweed low power for about $950-$1100 - but after hearing this amp and the price tag of $399 I can get all the tones I want out of it and its very similar to those old amp sounds.
Thinking of buying another and using one in front of me as a monitor and one behind.
Do yourself a favor if you like that old sound get one of these amps. Remember made in China, keeps the price down but upgrading your speakers and tubes will change this amp big-time!
Biggest plus is it looks killer!
- I play Blues Rock style music to classic rock riff rock using Stratocasters
td1969 owns this item
These are another winner from Fender, looks superb and has a real vintage old amp sound and feel, ideal for a few choice pedals ! Check out a few tones on our demo video.
Nevada Music UK owns this item
|Model Name:||Vaporizer™, Surf Green, 120V|
|Series:||Pawn Shop Special|
|Controls:||Volume, Tone and Reverb|
|Inputs:||Two - (1/4", Normal and Bright)|
|Speaker Jack:||Internal speaker disconnects to allow the amp's 1/4" output to be used with external 8-ohm speaker enclosures|
|Pilot Light Jewel:||Blue Jewel (Power), Red Jewel (Vaporizer Mode)|
|Handle:||Large Pivoting Luggage Handle|
|Grill Cover:||Rocket Red, Slate Blue or Surf Green Dimpled Vinyl Covering with Silver Grille Cloth|
|Amplifier Depth:||10.5" (26.7 cm)|
|Amplifier Width:||24.75" (62.9 cm)|
|Amplifier Height:||17" (43.2 cm)|
|Amplifier Weight:||37 lbs. (16.78 kg)|
|Effects:||Spring Reverb Circuit Independent of Amp Volume Control and "Vaporizer Mode" (Bypasses Volume and Tone Controls for Full-Strength Overload)|
|Speaker:||Two - 10" 16-Ohm Special Design Vaporizer Speakers|
|Pre Amp Tubes:||Groove Tubes® - (2 x 12AX7)|
|Power Tubes:||Groove Tubes® - (2 x 6BQ5/EL84)|
|Unique Features:||12 watts (output power), Spring reverb circuit independent of amp volume control; creates full, wet reverb for moody "late-night" vibe and approximates the sound of playing in a tunnel, single-button "wedge" footswitch for selecting "vaporizer mode" (bypasses volume and tone controls for full-strength overload; indicated by red jewel light)|
|FootSwitch:||1-Button "Wedge" Footswitch Included|
|Knobs:||Large Black Knobs with Metal Insert|
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