“I was sitting in with this guitar player in Austin I knew—Alan Haynes—and he let me check out this Vibro-King he had just bought... Before I got off the stage I knew I needed one. Zapata had one, and he really didn’t like it, so I snagged it up from him quick. I love how it breaks up. It’s really chunky and nasty, and it has very pretty-sounding reverb, too."more
"This is the main [amp] here. What I'm doing is I'm running the speakers upstage facing away. I have another Vibro-King back there that I'm essentially just using as a speaker cabinet. So I have it unplugged and then I have a speaker cable running back there, and then through a female-to-female barrel jack it's just going straight into the speakers there," says Jeff Beck's guitar tech. The main settings used on this amp are dwell (1), mix (1), tone (1), volume (5), treble (7), bass (3), mid (9), speed (3.5), and intensity (1).more
In this Fender video interview, Ed O’Brien discusses his Fender Vibro-King combo amp: “I start with the guitar. So I start with a true guitar, one that speaks to me. So it’ll be a Strat probably. And then make sure I’ve got a good amp. So on the last tour, I used Vibro-Kings, and in my humble opinion, it’s the finest big amp out there. I’d had a setup that I hadn’t changed for years and years, since the very beginning, since 1992. I A-B’d it, the Vibro-Kings, with - I had a day in our studio - and to me, I was just like, ‘this is the one.’ And the reason I sort of went for it was because I remember watching [Live 8, that was 2005](http://youtu.be/zLhQTyWVVpo?t=3m16s)… and [Pete Townshend’s guitar sound](https://equipboard.com/pros/pete-townshend) was just off the scale. To me it was the finest sound there. And I just thought, ‘OK what’s he playing?’ And, 'OK, he’s got a Clapton Strat. And what’s that thing? It’s called a Vibro-King,' I’d never heard of a Vibro-King. I was intrigued, and it works great with my setup, because it’s great if you go straight into it. But also coloring it with effects and stuff like that works great.” (5:43)more
"Taking a look at the other amps in his repertoire – such as a ’59 Fender Bassman Reissue, a Fender Vibro-King 60 watt combo, a ’69 Marshall JMP50 Plexi head and a Marshall 1987X Vintage Series 50 watt tube head, among others..." states [this article](http://www.proaudioland.com/news/tom-petty-and-the-heartbreakers-feature/), about Tom Petty, by Pro Audio Land.more
“I still have the Fender Super Reverb and use it for recording sometimes, with a Fender Vibro-King as a second stage amp, but the Matchless Clubman 35 is my main amp - Class A 35 watts with a 4x10 cabinet, and I use two of them. Jimmie Vaughan used the same setup for a while." -Robert Craymore
Rob (not pictured, the guy playing the tele is John Lombardo) used a pair of white Vibro-Kings throughout the 90's until his death in 2000. After that, their current guitarist Jeff Erickson used them for a number of years before finally switching to amp modelling with a Line6 Helix. One of the two Vibro-Kings can be clearly seen in this picture.more
I've owned this amp for almost ten years. The negative is it's heavy. And it only does certain sounds well. And it's really loud. The positive is it gives you the feedback only a hand wired custom tube amp can. I like a warm, toasty clean and no other amp I've tried does it better than the vibro king. Some bassman's are just as good. This is a warm, responsive amp that highlights your playing and your attack. If you are mere mortal like me, be forewarned this amp highlights every mistake. Nothing is hidden. I never have found a distorted sound I really liked. With pedals it's pretty good, but not quite good enough. For clean and warm sound it's amazing. Additionally, the active EQ is something most guitarists are unfamiliar with. I suspect anyone who has ever had a less than favorable sound from these amps didn't understand the EQ. One last thing, the reverb is simply amazing. It's a Fender Custom Shop gem.
Of all the combo amps on the planet, even though expensive and heavy, this is the one to have. Plenty of power and the built in 3 knob reverb plus tremelo. I first bought one in 1994, never looked at another combo amp since then. Trick: Turn ALL the tone controls down, turn the volume wide open(dime it) and then use the bass tone control for pre-amp gain and mix treble and mid to taste.