The "NJ" stamp on the tube chart shows that the amp was assembled in October, 1964
The blackface Vibroverb is very rare, since it was only made for two years from 1963 to 1964. A 1963 brownface model this clean can bring about twice the price as this amp, but it doesn't have the 15-inch speaker of the blackface model. Artists like Stevie Ray Vaughan preferred the blackface model, possibly because of the special tone of the large speaker.
Since this amp is so rare and in near-perfect condition, we are not putting it on display in the store. We are showing it to seriously interested customers only by appointment. Call us or send us an email using the Ask Us! page.
This may be the nicest example of a Fender Vibroverb to reach the market in many years, truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We do not expect to see such a rare and desirable vintage amplifier in this like-new condition again.
The Owner's Manual - very 1960's
A vintage 1964 Fender Vibroverb amplifier that's the real deal, not a reissue or copy. A true classic amp in near-mint condition. There are no scratches or wear on this amp inside or out. We acquired it directly from the one and only owner, and all paperwork is here including the 1965 sales receipt and the original 1960's owners manual.
Front view showing the speaker grille in perfect condition
The amp was purchased new on March 27, 1965 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We have the sales receipt, the original owner's manual, and the original heavy duty amp cover manufactured by Victoria Luggage Co. of Inglewood, California. (See photo at right)
This Fender Vibroverb blackface is rated at 40 watts and is equipped with a single 15-inch speaker by Chicago Telephone Supply Company (CTS), a supplier to Fender at that time.
It is in excellent working condition and it sounds as good as it looks, with the legendary Fender blackface tone. We haven't found any issues with any pots, knobs, switches, or jacks. Everything is clean and quiet.
The 15 inch speaker is by CTS dated 1963, week 42
This amp spent almost its entire life in the dry climate of New Mexico. We've never seen such an exceptionally clean example of a vintage amp. As far as we can tell, there have been absolutely no modifications done to the circuitry. The chassis has been removed only once last year for inspection, but no work was done at that time - not even cleaning. Even most of the tubes are original and valuable in their own right.
Serial number and cabling to the reverb tank - clean, clean, clean!
Even the dust cover looks new!
The dust cover was made by the Victoria Luggage Company, a supplier to Fender at that time
The original two-prong power cord and footswitch