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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: Vintage (before 1985) / The SF Champ and VibroChamp thread

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North Gnarlyington

Apr 16th, 2012 01:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

(Apologies if this already exists)

I have a bunch of amps, but for a light, clean tone machine that takes all pedals well I think my '76 Champ is perfect. I've had it for at least 8 years, and it's in pretty good shape for its age. I took out the Oxford and put in a Weber. When we practice I run two amps with two different pedal chains facing the group, one left, one right. The Champ is the mainstay, and I've been rotating several different amps in and out of the other position - a DRRI, a Tweed Deluxe clone, a Pro Junior. The problem is that they have to be too loud in order to sound good, while the Champ cuts nicely through at around 6-7, and can easily be heard in spite of our loud drummer.
So after prowling Ebay looking for another I got one and it will be here tomorrow. First thing will be to replace the speaker, then it can be put into service alongside its brother.


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Apr 16th, 2012 04:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hey Prof.! There was a vibrochamp thread around here. I don't think it's been active for a while now.

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Apr 16th, 2012 07:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have both Champ and Vibro Champ. They are great amps. I played a gig with my Vibro Champ and used a Micro Cube for my effects.

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Apr 17th, 2012 02:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I used to do band practice with a '72 Vibro Champ. Love that amp. Tone tone tone!

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North Gnarlyington

Apr 18th, 2012 11:38 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Woah! I just received the ebay Champ, plugged it in next to the one I already have and I must say, I don't think it needs a speaker replacement. It holds up quite nicely - A/B comparison I couldn't tell the difference, at least up to 7 (I didn't go higher, yet.) Could it be a replacement? It just has a Fender stamp on the back, and appears to be original.

The "new" Champ is also as clean as my old one. Maybe cleaner. Really nice looking pair.

(This message was last edited by professor at 12:24 PM, Apr 18th, 2012)

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