Gear

Return of the Mystery Amp

After many years of schlepping around a blisteringly loud Fender M-80 half-stack, I’ve decided to downsize my amplification to something a bit more portable and less overpowering.

The Mystery Amp

My new amplifier is actually my first amp. It was given to me by my high school music teacher while he was de-cluttering his office – it hadn’t worked in years and he was eager to get rid of the thing.

To my delight, all it needed was a new fuse. I fixed it up, plugged it in, and was utterly shocked to find that it still worked. I was also literally shocked on several occasions, since the ungrounded plug often conducted electricity through my guitar strings, but that was just part of the fun.

It’s now back to being my main amp – with a surge protector this time. The only small problem now is that I have no idea what it is. The name on the control panel is “Atlas Vibra-Verb,” and it appears to have been manufactured in the late 1960s. I’ve searched for more information on it many times, but have yet to find anything about an “Atlas Vibra-Verb.”

Know anything about this mystery amp? Leave it in the comments below!

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