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Vibro King opinion

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by b-nads, Mar 21, 2020.

  1. b-nads

    b-nads Gold Member

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    G'day all. Anyone have any experience with the Vibro King? I've been offered one in trade for my 65Amps Tupelo. I'm interested in trying it, but I'm not doing any gigging (even outside the quarantine situation) so I'm a little worried about its home / recording volume. That said, the monstrous weight isn't as concerning since it won't be moving much anyway.

    Opinions?
     
  2. Guitar101

    Guitar101 Gold Member

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    A buddy has one. The only thing I do know is they were selling new for over $4000. He got his like new for $2500. This was about 8 years ago. They have 3 speakers.
     
  3. player99

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  4. High/Deaf

    High/Deaf Gold Member

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    For a while, I think that was the highest-end amp Fender made. Not very common, I've never had the chance to play through one. But I've seen them on concert stages, so certainly 'loud enough' for someone like Pete.

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    Now how that would compare, value-wise, to a boutique amp is anyone's guess, I guess.
     
  5. Roryfan

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    I had one ~15 yrs. ago, they sound amazing but are loud AF.

    Mine was loaded with Weber California speakers as the original owner was a pedal steel player who wanted more clean headroom, so inefficient speakers should make the volume somewhat more manageable. The other trick is to crank the volume with the tone controls off, then gradually turn up the tone controls until you hit the sweet spot.

    The Reverb & Trem are amazing, it’s basically a ‘63 outboard Reverb unit built into the amp.

    The lack of a negative feedback loop made the VK warmer than any vintage/RI BF amp I’ve ever owned/played.
     
  6. Milkman

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    I guess one important question is, how do you like 10" speakers? The Tupelo is a 1 X 12", 20 watts.

    That's a pretty big difference. You'll surely notice the added clean head room.
     
  7. jayoldschool

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    I watched one of Gary Clark jr's die twice when he was playing at Bluesfest! Actually, it was the guitarist from The Fabulous Thunderbirds guesting, and the amp just slowly cut out while he was playing. Gary went over, mid song, and changed the lead from one amp to another one. It died again later in the show.

    So... I bring nothing to this topic, lol
     
  8. player99

    player99 Gold Member

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    I think Kenny Wayne Sheepherder used them at one time.
     
  9. keto

    keto Gold Member

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    I think I remember reading even Pete quit using them because of how loud they were. As Roryfan says, that is indeed their reputation.
     
  10. mrmatt1972

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    Didn't Zinky design these ones?
     
  11. cboutilier

    cboutilier

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    He did.

    I want one very much. I don't mind loud. It would be a nice tone change from my Twin Reverb.
     
  12. player99

    player99 Gold Member

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    Until it's too late and your ears won't stop ringing ever (tinnitus) and everyday sounds hurt your ears (hyperacusis).
     
  13. guitarman2

    guitarman2 Gold Member

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    Thats why I'd never own one. I hate 10" speakers.
     
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  14. cboutilier

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    Long too late for that. My days as a hydro-vac operator did a number on my ears' health.
     
  15. dgreen

    dgreen Gold Member

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    I owned a VK and really liked it. I do small gigs, restaurants / cooperate events, back ground shmooz type. The amp was just fine at lower volumes. Real nice pedal platform. For me it was just the weight issue of moving back and forth. I would highly recommend that trade in a heart beat if you don't mind the weight
     

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