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1966 Fender Vibro Champ Vintage Black Panel Tube Amp 1x8, Class A


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Up for sale, a 1966 Fender Vibro Champ in excellent condition and in perfect working order. This Black Panel-era Fender wonder delivers five watts of pure Class A tube tone. A surprisingly loud amp via a vintage Oxford 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 picking dynamics, and absolutely huge sounding with 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 and recently given a check-up by our techs here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar to ensure optimal functionality. The Schumacher-made transformers date to the 48th week of '65 (output) and 42nd week of 1965 (power), and visible codes on the CTS pots date to the 49th week of '65. The amp features new smaller electrolytic caps in the preamp, a modern multi-section can cap in the power supply, and a modern three-prong power cable.

The tube chart is intact with an "PC" stamp, which translates to March of 1966. The tube complement includes a vintage USA-made RCA 5Y3 rectifier and 6V6 power tube, with one vintage and one modern valve in the preamp. An era-correct alnico magnet Oxford-made 8" speaker has been installed, and the speaker has a viable cone, clean frame, and Fender-foil sticker.

The original smooth black tolex and silver sparkle grillcloth is intact, and both are notably tidy. 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.