Up for sale, a 1967 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 its original 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 extremely 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 39th week of '65 (power) and 27th week of 1965 (output), and visible codes on the CTS pots date to the 28th week of '66. The amp features new smaller electrolytic caps in the preamp and a modern three-prong power cable.
The tube chart is fully intact with an "QD" stamp which translates to April of 1967. The tube complement includes a vintage USA-made Tung Sol-branded 5Y3 rectifier and RCA 6V6 power tube, with one vintage and one modern valve in the preamp. The original alnico magnet Fender-branded and Oxford-made 8" speaker has been professionally reconed and sounds great.
The original smooth black tolex and aged silver sparkle grillcloth is intact. 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.