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  • I think I scored a '65 Vibrolux from a dumpster

    Did I make a score here? I think this is an original '65 Vibrolux. How do I confirm this? I would like to restore it.

    My roommate went with his girlfriend this morning to clean out her great grandmother's house where her great uncle also lived. Apparently he moved to Arizona sometime ago and left quite a few things and unfortunately her great grandmother recently passed. They came back and told me about the "old crappy amp" they threw in the dumpster. When they described it to me I was intrigued. They told me it looked just like mine (Fender '65 Twin Reverb Reissue) and it said Fender on it, it had a black face where the knobs are, and it was really old and dusty.

    Unfortunately, it was missing the speakers and it did not have power tubes. Well, I decided to drive an hour to where the house was at and jump in the dumpster to see what it was exactly. I was pretty happy with what I found.

    The cab is in pretty decent shape. It was dirty as hell but I cleaned it up. There are very few bad spots, no major tears. The front on top was dinged up because my roommate threw it in the dumpster. It did not have the original speakers. I have no idea what could have happened to them. The reverb plate is in great condition and was also attached. I removed it to inspect.


    I think this stamp means it's from 1965, I still have to look up and figure out for sure if it's an original. Given the rust and black face, I would believe it is.


    The inside seems to be in good condition. I found one wire that had broken off. I have not checked to see what it comes from. I think it's typical that you should replace the caps and clean the pots on something like this. I will get into that sometime in the next few weeks.


    Blackface.
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    Originally Posted by Mr.Strat


    screams are gayer than a gay 69. if you are gonna sing, please do it right!

  • #2
    It says "Fender Electric" instead of "Fender Musical". It's pre CBS or VERY early 1965 before they ran out of those faceplates.

    That's an AMAZING score. You suck. I hate you!!! (just kidding - but I am VERY jealous).

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    • #3
      ****************. Nice free amp. Some people are stupid.

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      • #4
        FFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
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        Originally Posted by RaceU4her


        i have 12,000+ posts at HCAF, of course im a ****************ing tone guru

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        • #5
          The inside of the cab on the tube chart says "AA864." The stamp on the tube chart says "0C" in BLACK ink, and the Production spot says "#2." Reading some various old posts of forums leads me to believe this is likely early 1965, January - July. I cannot find a serial number anywhere. There is a designation that seems to be "XF0765" on the bottom of the cabinet. The plate of the amp seems to say "rF0765" I am not sure if that's right. Is that July, 1965? F seems to be the model, Vibrolux. But what is the R or the X for?

          The next thing is, what do I do to restore this thing? It has the original pre-amp tubes but I have not looked at them yet. They are still in the metal covers. The power tubes are gone. Should I replace all of the tubes?

          The speakers are also missing. I will need to buy new ones. Should I get Jensens? Should I get some Webers? What's the best speaker I can put in this bad boy?

          Should I replace the caps and clean all the pots? It looks like the thing sat in an attic for years. There is no way to know how much use it has, though. I believe caps leak and go bad even if they sit awhile. Should I try to do it myself or take it to an amp tech? I am pretty good with a soldering iron...
          Sexuality has a direction and a magnitude. My direction is "straight" and my magnitude is zero.
          Terry D.









          Originally Posted by Mr.Strat


          screams are gayer than a gay 69. if you are gonna sing, please do it right!

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          • #6
            Those Vibrolux's sound incredible through 4 x10's. You should try to find a 4x10 ext. cab. They really do sound incredible with those amps.
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            Kinda how I quit drinking for a long time. That was lame so I started again

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            • #7
              Holy **************** dude!!!!! That is ****************in' awesome!!!!
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              • #8
                Thats an incredible find.
                It starts and ends at your fingers.

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                • #9
                  The universe thanks you for rescuing the amp.

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                  • #10
                    FFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUU


                    FFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU.....

                    That is CLEAN!

                    My lord, I've found some cool stuff in the dumpster, including a Sunn 2000s that just needed filter caps and tubes, but that is incredible!
                    Chances are it had some problem, unless the owner was a total idiot or someone else threw it away.


                    Check the filter caps in the "doghouse" to see if any are leaking.
                    check fuse, pull output tubes and fire up.
                    if fuse doesn't blow, put output tubes in one at a time.

                    jenson makes great replacement speakers for it, and Weber also has plenty of awesome replacements.

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                    • #11
                      1 jensen 1 weber

                      Ill give you $250 for it as is!
                      It starts and ends at your fingers.

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                      • #12
                        FFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUU


                        im a really nice dude IRL. i really dont understand what the hell i did to the universe or my ancestors did that keeps me from having cool **************** like this happen to me.
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                        • #13
                          FFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUU


                          im a really nice dude IRL. i really dont understand what the hell i did to the universe or my ancestors did that keeps me from having cool **************** like this happen to me.


                          You're already a white male, what more could you ask for?






                          You know, other than a free amp. ****************ers. THE LOT OF THEM.
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                          • #14
                            holy****************
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                            • #15
                              I'm jealous. Let me know if you want to sell it.

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