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NRC - Natural Relicing Club
Feb 19th, 2002 09:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

True except for the Dual Professional and the Tone Master. They are PTP custom shop amps like the VK.



without love day to day insanity's king
Feb 26th, 2002 03:08 AM   Edit   Profile  

Nice review KAL.



Addicted to Tones (& amps and guitars)
Feb 26th, 2002 02:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yet another thought.

This amp seems to combine deeper tone with Fender highs. An interesting feat for an open-back combo. You get some of the deeper, low-end tone of a larger closed-back cabinet when you play at higher volumes, while retaining all the sparkle and definition that keeps us playing Fender amps.



without love day to day insanity's king
Feb 26th, 2002 08:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have an older EL 84 model, which by the way, still has the original , 6 year old EL84! I swapped one of the Eminence Blue Frames for a Weber P10N. It's worked out very well for me. I find the Blue Frames nice, but a little trebly. The Weber adds very full, tight low end and mids, so the combo of speakers sounds really beautiful, and balanced.



Addicted to Tones (& amps and guitars)
Feb 26th, 2002 08:46 PM   Edit   Profile  

ZZZezums: that sound nice. It's a great toned amp, ain't it!



without love day to day insanity's king
Feb 27th, 2002 08:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

Absolutely. It's the best I've played. KAL, haven't we dialogued about Dead stuff before on this site? I was just listening to a remastered Workingman's Dead today at work, an album I haven't heard in a while. Wow, what great tunes and playing!



Addicted to Tones (& amps and guitars)
Feb 27th, 2002 10:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

You are probably right. I'm a big Dead fan. I recently got to meet Bob Weir (though just for a minute). That was cool.

My playing has evolved to different places but I still love playing soulful Jerry-like solos with taste and melody.

Haven't hear Workingman's dead in awhile. I love the underrated song "Easy Wind" on that - good old Pigpen! take care.

Mark Jacobs

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A 1999 "Moe's Poster of the Week"
Mar 2nd, 2002 06:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

Nice reveiw. Wish the amp was in my price range.



Addicted to Tones (& amps and guitars)
Mar 8th, 2002 04:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

Mark - it ain't cheap. I got mine new for a very good price - used ones are between $1000-$1300. Not cheap but about the price of a new TRRI and at the low end only about $200-$300 more than a new DRRI. And its a MUCH more substantial amp than either.


Heartache & Pain

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Jul 1st, 2003 04:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

10/4 on the Vibro King.I got one off ebay for $1175.00.I found out it was made in July of '98.It has the 6V6 tube ,& the "blue" alnicos.It sound great!!! It really brings out the tone of my '56 TM Closet Classic & 56' Relic Strats . Just a little tweekin' of the knobs will give you so many different sounds. I can't get over it. It is so responsive,it KILLS every other amp I've ever played through.I dig every thing about this amp.Now if I could just find a Blonde ext. cabinet ....
I got a ext. cab. from someone on the Forum. I thought the amp sounded great before ,now I'm in tone heaven.

(This message was last edited by Zane at 05:54 AM, Jul 21st, 2003)

Florida Mike
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I can only Sing my Heart
Dec 24th, 2006 11:43 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have a very cool Custom Shop VK in RED Tolex, Black speaker grill, and alternating Red and Black knobs. It is called CHECKERS.

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GAS almost satisfied?
Feb 18th, 2007 10:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

57 Twin is point to point also

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how do I fix this tagline thingy?
Feb 27th, 2007 06:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

Townsend is using these on the current Who tour. I'm sure they've been tweaked but they looked pretty new.

Florida Mike
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I can only Sing my Heart
Dec 13th, 2007 04:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a RED TOLEX Custom Shop Vibro King, it is awesome


Mokena, IL

Dec 31st, 2007 05:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've worked on a friends VK a few times. He tours constantly with it so it is subjected to a lot of road abuse. Holds up pretty nicely overall, and still sounds great. Breaks up a bit early with the blue frame Emis so we replaced one with a ceramic 10". BTW, this is a hand wired circuit board amp, but not point to point. Not a difference in how the amps sounds, just terminology.


United States

Dec 3rd, 2009 09:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

Just bought a used VK with the extension cab. Both blondes!

Very nice with my 63 Strat. Very nice tones!



guitar rules!
Sep 23rd, 2010 08:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

Man! I would love to have one, but 60 watts is wayyyy too much for my street, let along my little crib lol! If only fender would put a 1/2 power switch. Even better, switch it down to 10-15 watts.



i'm so bad baby i don't care
Oct 1st, 2010 02:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

i read Townsend plays with one V.K. and extension cab 2x12"....and it is set at 3 - 3.5....the other he only uses occasinally to kick in for that extra umph! near sets end...and that is set on 2.5...so they MUST break up pretty early...although granted he is using a Clapton midboost equipped lace sensor strat with boosted fishman bridge and additional blend knob...so he can probably control his distortion with the guitar....plus it makes sense since his hearing is so damaged...miced in the audience it can be as loud as they desire....it's the tone, saturation etc. that's most important onstage of course.

I have always used 2 channel (overdive/dirty and clean) amps...i would love to overdrive a vinatge style 1 channel tube fender someday!...my dada (another post) just got a 65 reverb reissue 22 watt single speaker...and is terrified to rutn it up...i keep telling him that is part of the charm (tube breakup/saturation)...he keeps worrying he'll ruin it...lol...and at 22 watts it probably breakups pretty easily, lol.



May 14th, 2017 06:41 AM   Edit   Profile  

The King differs from other Fender amps by it's active tone control. These knobs work completely different! You can compare them with the "presence" control on the Bassman.
If you play clean they pretty much work as you'd expect.
BUT: when you play with hairy tones these controls boost your distortion and give it all kinds of texture!!!!!!
Since they effect the 2nd amp stage, you can use them as volume controls, while the volume knob an be used as gain control!
Only thing you might need is a booster at lower volumes for soloing.



May 14th, 2017 08:49 AM   Edit   Profile  

FYI: This topic originated in 2002 (15 years ago).
Until recently, the most recent post was from 2010 (7 years ago).

Tome controls on the Vibro King: I was able to look at three revisions of the schematic (D, E, F). These tone controls are not the active type. They are a passive tone stack. They do not boost/amplify the frequency ranges.

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