Up for sale, a 1965 Fender Vibro Champ in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with a vintage tube set and Fender-branded cover. This Black Panel-era Fender delivers five watts of pure Class A tube tone. A surprisingly loud amp via a vintage alnico magnet 8" speaker, the Vibro Champ offers warm, dynamic cleans before pushing into smooth, lightly compressed tube overdrive as you turn up the Volume dial. Responsive to your picking dynamics, and absolutely huge sounding when you put a microphone in front of it, it's hard to beat the Vibro Champ for pure simplicity and great tone. And of course, Fender's lush-sounding tremolo circuit has a strong pulse and wide range of speeds, perfect for subtle shifts in volume or machine gun chop.
The circuit features the original Schumacher-made transformers which date to the 40th week of '65 (power) and 30th week of 1965 (output). Visible codes on the Stackpole pots date to the 20th week of '65. The amp features new high quality capacitors in the preamp from the likes of Sprague and Panasonic, and the power supply has been rebuilt inside the chassis, leaving the original large can cap intact. The tube complement includes all vintage valves from the likes of RCA.
The tube chart is fully intact with an "OL" stamp which translates to December of 1965. The speaker is a vintage Rola 8" driver that actually dates earlier than the amp (1959). This speaker is closer in design to the alnico magnet speakers used in Tweed era Champs, and it has been freshly reconed, performing its task very well.
The original smooth black tolex and aged silver sparkle grillcloth is intact and remarkably clean. The faceplate is very well-kept, complete with all of the original witch hat knobs, and hardware includes the stock handle caps, sphinx glides (feet), raised Fender logo, and chassis straps. This Vibro Champ is an ideal example of Black Panel tone that's sure to delight both discerning collectors and serious players.
A vintage (1970s) Fender-branded slip cover is included.