As demand for vintage Fender tube amplifiers had increased, several re-issue models were introduced in 1990, beginning with the tweed '59 Bassman amplifier, the brownface '63 Reverb unit and the brownface '63 Vibroverb.
Fender made great efforts to reproduce the tone and look of the original unit. A "direct-coupled" oscillator circuit was used for generating the vibrato (albeit with different components). The noticeably "warmer" reverb sound of a vintage brownface Vibroverb (due to the original reverb send and recovery circuit unique to the Vibroverb) was also present. The cosmetics incorporated the brown "Tolex" and wheat-colored "Ecru" grill cloth used in 1963, as well as the "flat" Fender logo plate found only on the brownface amps.
Although cosmetically and—more importantly—tonally accurate, there were several notable differences to be found (solid-state rectifier, printed circuit boards, ¼" reverb/vibrato footswitch jack, 3-prong power cord). Fender used the original templates, molds and blueprints from the Oxford company archives to manufacture Oxford-style loudspeakers.
This VINTAGE amplifier was built in the U.S.A. and has 2 Eminence 10-ALK speakers. The tubes and grill cloth have been replaced. Amp cover and new footswitch included. This amplifier is in "Very Good" condition. Fewer than 2500 made in the U.S.A.
The '63 Fender Reissue is a really Awesome sounding amp. Fender’s ‘63 VIBROVERB re-issue amplifier is based on the original cosmetics, sound and circuit.
The VIBROVERB is unique in Fender amplifier history by the implementation of its tone circuit. The VIBROVERB was the first and ONLY Fender amplifier to use this type of tone circuit. The treble control is “tapped,” meaning it responds more like an active tone control allowing boost AND cut of high frequencies.