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1965 Fender Vibro Champ Vintage Black Panel Tube Amp Class A, Collector-Grade, FEIC


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Up for sale, a 1965 Fender Vibro Champ in collector-grade condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original tube set with valves from Mullard and RCA. This Vibro Champ has the model's introductory features including the Pre-CBS-era "Fender Electric Instrument" faceplate and no-logo grill.

This little Black Panel-era Fender wonder delivers five watts of pure Class A tube tone. A surprisingly loud amp with the original Oxford-made alnico 8" speaker, this 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 100% original, with Schumacher-made transformers that date to the 13th week of 1965 (output) and 39th week of 1964 (power). Visible codes on the Stackpole pots date to the 2nd week of '65. A three-prong power cable has been installed, the only deviation to the amp's electronics. The complete original tube set is intact, with a 6V6 power tube and 5Y3 rectifier from RCA, and matching preamp tubes from Mullard.

The tube chart is fully intact with crisp corners and an "OE" stamp which translates to May of 1965. The speaker is the original Oxford-made 8" alnico speaker with a clean frame and Fender foil label on the magnet.

The original smooth black tolex and silver sparkle grillcloth are extremely clean, with sparingly little aging of the grillcloth and remarkably well-preserved tolex. The faceplate is notably well-kept too, complete with its full complement of witch hat knobs. The stock handle caps, sphinx glides (feet), and chassis straps are all intact, and the nickel-plated hardware shows very little surface patina. This Vibro Champ is an ideal example of Black Panel tone that's sure to delight discerning collectors and serious players alike.