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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: 1985 - Current / The Vibro-King Club

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West of Nowhere

never kept a dollar past sunset...
Aug 21st, 2002 08:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

ok...it looks like the first incarnation of the Vibro King Club was wiped when the FDP system went down...so Zenland, KAL, ScottyD, and the rest of the VK boys...
here we go again...
if you own, borrowed, or have even played through a Fender Vibro King please feel free to put your name down and tell us a little about it...any favorite settings you would like to share, mods youve done, or just tell us what you think of the amp...

ok....i own #2166 with a 6V6 tube and jensons....sounds incredible!

anyone else?

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Seattle, Wa

Aug 21st, 2002 11:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

I think it's Fender's best. A great amp. Just a little too powerful. Now if they made the Vibro King a 35 watter...


West of Nowhere

never kept a dollar past sunset...
Aug 22nd, 2002 02:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

i agree that its fenders best....great reverb and trem and incredible tone...
but i disagree that it is too powerful....
i used to be big on marshalls but they werent clean enough for me....this thing is not overly loud(at least to me)
i think that it does have a little more "umph" for most but i really believe it is spectacular.
this amp has an incredible clean(that could be mic'ed if you wanted crystal clean sound at higher volumes) or cranked up its breakup is so smooth and warm....
really depends on what youre looking for....but as far as "less is more" this thing has alot more than most pedal pushers and knob turners can appreciate..

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without love day to day insanity's king
Aug 22nd, 2002 04:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

OK. Here we go again. VK # 1351, March 1995. Eminence Blue Frames and EL 84 reverb tube. (Knock on...), no probs with reverb tube. Tubes: RCA 5751 in V1, RCA 7025 in V2, GT EL84S in V3 (reverb), RCA 12AX7 in V4, Amperex 12AT7 in V5 (PI), Sovtek 12AX7A in V6 and RCA 6L6 Blackplates in V7 & V8. I replaced one of the Blue Frames with a Weber P10N. Result is beautiful highs, mids and lows. Sweet spot is volume at about 3 - 3.5. Reverb is best at 5, 5, 2. Tone at 6, 6, 4. It's not too loud; I just back off the guitar volume a bit. I use all my pedals in front of the amp and it sounds great. Chain is as follows: Reverend Commando GT or '62RI Tele > LR Baggs Paracoustic DI > Loooper 2 loop true bypass box (A: Boss OC-2 > Mutron 3; B: DOD Milkbox; aux: Boss TU2 tuner) > Orange Fulltone Fulldrive 2 > DOD 690 chorus > Boss DM3 > Vibroking. Cords are all George Ls. I love it.

(This message was last edited by ZZZezums at 09:11 PM, Sep 21st, 2002)



Aug 22nd, 2002 08:21 AM   Edit   Profile  

My VK sounds absolutely great with it's stock Sovteks and Jensens, but can't wait to start experimenting with some NOS tubage.

I really like it's point of breakup at about 4.0 (NF) with my Fender's single coils and about 3.0 with my LP and SG. (The Gibby's really put this thing into overdrive).

An FD-2 and a TS-9 are the OD's I'll use onstage with my VK, and sometimes I'll run a Digitech GNX-3 for practice at home.

I'd intended to use a delay pedal through the loop, but frankly, it's been sounding so good by itself, I haven't gotten around to trying that out yet either.

(This message was last edited by RustyB at 09:36 AM, Aug 22nd, 2002)

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Seattle, Wa

Aug 22nd, 2002 11:05 AM   Edit   Profile  

Well, my only experience playing a Vibro King was at a large venue that had room for 1000 people. There was a pretty good sized stage plus the amp was mic'd into the house PA. I was playing with the amp volome half way up and playing a tele straight through using the volume and tone knobs to manipulate my sound. I remember thinkng to myself "this is the best I ever have sounded!" But the thing is it's so rare that I play a venue that size anymore. If I did, I'd own a Vibro King. I think I posted a thread about this last spring. Heck, I was ready to buy one the next day!



Hot Rod Guitar
Aug 22nd, 2002 06:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

Mine is a newer VK with Jensens.

I like to set the V-K with all reverb knobs straight up at "5", with some variation depending on the tune and guitar I'm using; volume 3-3.5 for clean playing - 4+ for dirty, though I tend to use the fat switch as a lead boost rather that crank the volume.

What can I say - it's a great amp. I think it sounds better with single coil pickups than humbuckers, but if I back off the bass and mid a bit my Gibsons sound good through it too. It's a fascinating amp as it generates many different usable tones just be turning up the volume.

Maybe we start a new forum called "the VK boys"?


West of Nowhere

never kept a dollar past sunset...
Aug 22nd, 2002 06:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

i played a VK in Guitar Center with an ES-335 and man did it sound amazing....i think buckers and single coils soung equally great with this amp.....but a strat does it for me though....if could afford a ES 335 i would get one...

we are "The VK Boys".....but an optional thread sounds cool....go for it..



Aug 22nd, 2002 06:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

It doesn't matter as long as were talking about the same amp. VKClub or VK Boys.

urby, I got the idea from you to start the
VKClub Stand Up!
"Heck, I was ready to buy one the next day!"
"I think I posted a thread about this last spring."

Yes, I know you did! I posted and got some nice settings.



Aug 22nd, 2002 08:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

I used to have a "KING". This is Fender's best new amp. I love the way the tone controls interact with the volume. I Only sold it because I found a tweed Bandmaster.



Aug 22nd, 2002 08:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

If I could get a tweed Bandmaster my King would probably be gone also! (maybe ;) not!)
Best amp (TB) I've ever heard! so far.
I can't wait to hear my '65 DR brought up to specs. The VK is just one of the best amps also imho, and I'm glad to own one!

(This message was last edited by zenland at 08:34 PM, Aug 22nd, 2002)



Still rockin' after all these years
Aug 23rd, 2002 10:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've got a '95 VK with the 2 x 12 extension and love it! The extension adds noticeable bottom end. The reverb is great and the FAT switch just sweetens the sound.

Haven't played any of the other CS amps, but I prefer the VK over any of the current production amps.



Hot Rod Guitar
Aug 23rd, 2002 12:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

TriggerFingers: 335s are great. Just last week I got to see Larry Carlton live playing his 335 through a Dumble - amazing tone.

I got a 335 back in the mid-80s when they weren't so costly, but it has taken me a long time to get it sounding right. I tend to play it more through my Twin Reverb reissue than the VK because of my style (more clean than distortion), but I've got some good tones on it through the VK as well.


West of Nowhere

never kept a dollar past sunset...
Aug 23rd, 2002 12:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

wow...that is awesome....i really want a ES-335.... and a McCarty Soapbar, another Strat, and probably something else... ;v)
yeah im thinking i need to get another part time job while i have the current school workload...
GAS is a major pain without much money



Hot Rod Guitar
Aug 23rd, 2002 03:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

Well I see from your profile that you're a bit younger than I am. When I was 19 I got my first strat - my first "real" guitar and had a Fender princeton reverb (wish I still had that amp!).

335's are great, but I had to swap the pickups on mine and make some mechanical adjustments to improve its tone.

The trouble with GAS is that it never ends - once you think you are satisfied you try/see some new guitar or amp that has a tone you like and then - watch out.

I see you have custom 54 pickups on your strat. So do I - do you like yours? I've been pretty happy with them.


West of Nowhere

never kept a dollar past sunset...
Aug 23rd, 2002 08:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

yeah im younger than most FDPers but i can still play.... =)
i love the 54's....they are it for me when it comes to vintage strat tone...
i have been hooked on my 58 coppercaster as of late with the fat 50's....but the 54's are perfect for anything....very even and bell like...very even from string to string....and thats the way they should be


West of Nowhere

never kept a dollar past sunset...
Aug 25th, 2002 01:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

man.....i am waiting for my tubes to get here for my VK.....ugh....seems like forever sometimes...



Aug 25th, 2002 02:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

Try those semi-hollow PRS, I've played a few since I got my 335. I love the 335 but a PRS will definitley be on my list as a must have in the future.
Are you switching power tubes? and preamp tubes.


West of Nowhere

never kept a dollar past sunset...
Aug 26th, 2002 01:38 AM   Edit   Profile  

yeah....i found out it was a power tube that was faulty not a preamp tube.....but i ordered both for a good price....so it should be good i think..



Why is the audience running away?
Aug 28th, 2002 11:27 AM   Edit   Profile  

I recently bought a Reverend Hellhound, out of which I have been able to coax a variety of nice sounds. I bought it to replace my Vibro King, which is a huge pain to move around. In fact, there was a guy interested in buying my Vibro King. Yesterday evening I plugged into the Vibro King to make sure I wouldn't be making a mistake by selling.

My conclusion? The VK is not for sale. As much as I like the Hellhound, it is not even in the same league. In particular, the "openness" of the VK tone is just jaw-dropping. I am just going to have to put up with a sore back, or invest in some high quality casters. Does anybody know of some really really good casters? I put some standard ones on the VK and two of them seized up from the unbalanced VK weight load.

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