NAD: '68 Vibrolux custom + Roland JC-40

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Re: NAD: '68 Vibrolux custom + Roland JC-40

Post by rhythmjones » Wed Feb 17, 2016 10:44 am

I gotta tell you. I was specifically considering this exact setup as a stereo rig. I bet it sounds phenomenal!
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Re: NAD: '68 Vibrolux custom + Roland JC-40

Post by eggwheat » Wed Feb 17, 2016 2:17 pm

rhythmjones wrote:I gotta tell you. I was specifically considering this exact setup as a stereo rig. I bet it sounds phenomenal!
Cool! Yeh I hope so. I've always run a two amp rig...it just sounds better and there's no way of getting around it. This is kind of a modern version of the classic period Marr/McGeoch amp set up. Having a stereo chorused amp and the other one dry just makes for a great wide full sound without the chorus being too overpowering.

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Re: NAD: '68 Vibrolux custom + Roland JC-40

Post by Gavanti » Wed Feb 17, 2016 4:04 pm

Definitely looking forward to the review of the Roland. I'm hovering between a JC77 and a JC40 right now. If the 40 works as a Bass VI/JM pedal platform for gigging, the stereo path and (hopefully) quieter circuitry are really appealing.

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Re: NAD: '68 Vibrolux custom + Roland JC-40

Post by Racing » Wed Feb 17, 2016 4:39 pm

Really.
If cleans is your thing,as in Rolands chorus,try looking a later revision (-70´s) Roland Bolt up.

Like the MusicMan amps these are hybrids with a silicon powered front end and tube powerstage (incl phaseinverter). They came as 30/60 and 100 watters. Mainly combos,although heads are to be found.

The cleans and reverb are to die for,if cleans is your thing. They DO sport a lead channel too but...it just friggin sux.

Have converted a few of them to full tube and they are by any measure rather high quality japanese made amps. Speakers might leave something to be desired though.

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Re: NAD: '68 Vibrolux custom + Roland JC-40

Post by kosmonautmayhem » Wed Feb 17, 2016 5:40 pm

This thread needs sound clips.

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Re: NAD: '68 Vibrolux custom + Roland JC-40

Post by shadowplay » Thu Feb 18, 2016 3:15 am

I'm really curious how the wee JC goes and I never knew those reissue Vibrolux were that good, I've only ever had a go of a reissue black deluxe and twin and they were forgettable if usable.

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Re: NAD: '68 Vibrolux custom + Roland JC-40

Post by rhythmjones » Thu Feb 18, 2016 7:04 am

shadowplay wrote:I'm really curious how the wee JC goes and I never knew those reissue Vibrolux were that good, I've only ever had a go of a reissue black deluxe and twin and they were forgettable if usable.

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Yeah the '68 Customs are something else. I agree that the '65 RI line is pretty sterile. But these are everything but. The '68 Custom Vibrolux is my go to amp for guitar test drives at work. There's never been a reverb that sounds like this. Fendery but also buttery. Hard to describe. You gotta play it.
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Re: NAD: '68 Vibrolux custom + Roland JC-40

Post by Arthon » Tue Jul 19, 2016 12:58 pm

I bought 2 weeks ago a Vibrolux '68 Custom because my PRRI was not clean enough for the sound I want in my new project. Although I love the amp, I still need a touch more headroom. I know the Celestion Ten 30 are not really robust speakers and I hava a Ragin Cajun laying around. What would you put in a Custom '68 Vibrolux Reverb to increase headroom while keeping the Fender sound? Would you pair the Ragin Cajun with another speaker (like the Copperhead maybe)?

PS : I dont dislike the sound of the Ten 30, I just want a little more volume before the amp breakup.
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Re: NAD: '68 Vibrolux custom + Roland JC-40

Post by eggwheat » Mon Mar 19, 2018 2:34 pm

Well the 2x10 JC-40 has gone. Didn't like it at all. The problem is it doesn't really sound like a Jazz Chorus. The original classic BBD Chorus circuit is gone, replaced with a digital emulation on a DSP chip...which isn't even an emulation to my ears, just a different chorus altogether. The spring reverb is gone...replaced by a digital hall reverb..I'm all for new sounds but the tone of the amp left a lot to be desired to me...I just didn't like it. Also the wattage is halved to 2x20w compared to the JC-77 at 2x40w. On a transistor amp that headroom is needed.

It's now been replaced with a 2x10 JC-77...which is on another level in comparison..its got all the analogue goodness of the original JC's for less money..and a better distortion circuit too!

Still got the vibrolux '68 custom and still love it.

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Re: NAD: '68 Vibrolux custom + Roland JC-40

Post by cestlamort » Mon Mar 19, 2018 5:54 pm

I love my JC77. Analog and loud (enough). Congrats

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Re: NAD: '68 Vibrolux custom + Roland JC-40

Post by eggwheat » Tue Mar 20, 2018 5:56 am

Yeh the JC-90 looks like a good one too.

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Re: NAD: '68 Vibrolux custom + Roland JC-40

Post by eggwheat » Tue Mar 20, 2018 8:12 am

Also something I never realised....JC's are built in Japan and the USA. This JC-77 says 'made in the USA' on it...never seen that before.

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Re: NAD: '68 Vibrolux custom + Roland JC-40

Post by mazzjaster » Sat Oct 20, 2018 7:56 pm

Congrats! I love my '68 Custom Vibrolux. If you're worried about early breakup, just plug into input 2. I use that input the most. Sure, it's a little "quieter" but you'll have more headroom and it will get PLENTY loud for gigging.

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