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1965 Fender Vibro Champ Vintage Black Panel Tube Amp 1x8, Class A


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Up for sale, a 1965 Fender Vibro Champ in excellent condition and in perfect working order. This amp combines the chassis from a 1965 Vibro Champ housed in a genuine vintage mid-70s Vibro Champ cabinet.

This Black Panel-era Fender wonder delivers five watts of pure Class A tube tone. A surprisingly loud amp loaded with a Weber 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 is very original, serviced as needed to ensure optimal functionality and recently given a check-up by our techs here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar. The Schumacher-made transformers date to the 28th week of '65 (power) and 13th week of 1965 (output), and visible codes on the CTS pots date to the 15th week of '65. A few of the original pots are included, and there a couple substitutions from CTS and Alpha. The amp features new smaller electrolytic caps in the preamp, a couple Sprague Orange Drop signal caps, and a modern three-prong power cable. Tubes include a Groove Tubes 6V6 power tube, vintage 5Y3 rectifier, and vintage preamp tubes from the likes of Sylvania and RCA.

The '70s-era tube chart is intact inside the cabinet, and the replacement Weber speaker has a clean black frame, more robust in its construction and wattage handling than the original speaker.

The original smooth black tolex and aged silver sparkle grillcloth is intact on the mid-70s Vibro Champ cabinet. The original 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 (tail-less) logo, and chassis straps.