Fender Vibratone 1970-72

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Fender Vibratone Serial # F-074568  ( I can not find the year made)

The Vibratone had a 10” speaker that “fired” into a 15” rotating Styrofoam drum with a slot cut in it, powered by a two-speed electric motor. The signal issued forth from the slot in the drum and was dispersed through ports on the top and sides of the enclosure. A foot switch turned it on and off and controlled the two motor speeds, slow (40 rpm) and fast (about 340 rpm). The slow speed created a rich, shimmering chorus-type sound; the fast sound was brighter and more warbling, with more of a tremolo effect. With the Vibratone off, the regular guitar amp’s speaker was on, when on, a filter sent the highest highs and lowest lows to the amp while sending most of the sound through the Vibratone.

Guitar-wise, the Vibratone was a marked improvement on the Leslie. Where the latter had its own power amp, the Vibratone did not and could hence be used with any guitar amp, reducing weight, complexity and cost. Where the Leslie was housed in a heavy and easily damaged furniture-quality wooden cabinet, the Vibratone was rugged and road-worthy, with tough Tolex covering and metal corners. Where Leslies were full-frequency systems with woofers, horns and crossover networks that could sound harsh and required two mics for PA use, the Vibratone had a single guitar speaker with a frequency range voiced specifically for guitar and required only one mic for PA use. The Vibratone was available from 1967 to 1972 and is considered very valuable today.

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Listed2 years ago
ConditionGood (Used)
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