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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: Vintage (before 1985) / I’m Back in the Fold

Leftee
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Sep 27th, 2018 02:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

I just scored a nice SF Bronco on Reverb for a decent price. It should get here next week.

It’s good to be back. (-:

socal
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Sep 27th, 2018 03:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

Welcome back Leftee (actually didn't realize that you were gone!). Your posts are always read & I always get good information from them. Congrats on the Bronco score! Cool-looking little amps!

(This message was last edited by socal at 06:03 PM, Sep 27th, 2018)

Leftee
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Sep 27th, 2018 04:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

Well, I back in this particular forum. I haven’t owned a vintage Fender amp in years.

Thanks!

Hammond101
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Oct 1st, 2018 02:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've always wanted a red script Bronco. Congrats on your score!

Leftee
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Oct 1st, 2018 03:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

I guess I’d never really paid attention to them until recently. I’ve never owned a Vibro Champ. This is close enough. (-:

Leftee
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Oct 3rd, 2018 04:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

The amp arrived today in fine shape. It is totally unmolested. Looks like it even has it's original cap can (though not for long). It has an old looking three prong plug. When did Fender start installing those?

The power switch is touchy. The amp is a bit noisy until it's been up for a couple minutes.

It has its full array of RCA tubes.

It's got a broken treble knob. Part of the skirt is gone. I have knobs here. No worries.

The amp sounds really really nice!

Hammond101
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Oct 3rd, 2018 05:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

Grounded power cords became standard in '71-'72 or there abouts.

The good news is somebody didn't drill out the faceplate and install a toggle switch for power. I've seen a lot of those.

Leftee
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Oct 3rd, 2018 05:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

The posting on Reverb guessed it a ‘72. So that fits.

The power switch can only move half way up to turn on the amp.

This amp sat around a lot. The Tolex is not beat up at all. It’s just dirty as all get out. There are some vintage cobwebs around the transformers, too.

Hammond101
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Oct 3rd, 2018 05:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

"It’s just dirty as all get out. There are some vintage cobwebs around the transformers, too."

It's fun cleaning these things up. I don't remember if that switch is the same as a BF/SF bright switch of not.

Tranny codes should get you close to a production year.

I'd like to find a "White" badged Fender for a decent price. They typically went with Champ lap steels also badges as the White brand. Forest White the ultimate salesman.



Leftee
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Oct 3rd, 2018 06:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

That's the only switch I found at amplified parts. It's rated at 125v .3A. Does that sound right? Seems a bit light for its intended use here.

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Oct 3rd, 2018 09:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

My Fender Amp Book indicates the Bronco came out in the Nov. '67 catalog. If I remember correctly, they only made them for a very short time. First sold as a set with a little guitar.
It lost the drip edge in '70 and discontinued in '75.

Leftee
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Oct 4th, 2018 02:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have a cap can ordered for this. So I’ll be in it to figure out the dates.

It is a sweet little amp. The trem is nice and swampy.

It was $400 dee-livered. Considering what Vibro Champs seem to fetch, these days, I’m pretty happy with the deal.

Cleaned up and new knobs.

(This message was last edited by Leftee at 05:52 AM, Oct 4th, 2018)

BbendFender
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Oct 4th, 2018 09:08 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have a Champ and a Vibro Champ. Both great little amps. Probably never sell them.

lau70

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Oct 4th, 2018 05:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

Leftee, Nice looking amp. Congrats.
Is it the original speaker?

I have a '68 - '69 VC and Bronco- been toying with the idea of switching the speaker out.

Leftee
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Oct 4th, 2018 05:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yes, I believe it’s the original. Still sounds great.

I’ve got one of these hanging around. I might try it some time.

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Leftee
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Oct 12th, 2018 09:39 AM   Edit   Profile  

I recapped the amp earlier this week. New can and the 4 electrolytics.

The V1b cathode bypass cap was 2uF/25v instead of 10/25. It looked factory. Weirdness!

Anyways, the amp is good until I’m and old old man.

Leftee
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Oct 17th, 2018 07:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

I tried a cool thing, yesterday, that worked out well.

I have 2 1x8" cabs I've got left over from some reverb deals. One is the new Vox 1x8 8 Ohm cab for their micro heads and the other is an older PV Piranha cab with I re-speakered with a Panama 8" Brit-flavored speaker - also 8 ohms. So I soldered up a speaker cable to run from the Bronco to this little stack. It's pretty cool! Having said that the Panama speaker is a little too dark, so I found a nice used Jensen P8R (8 ohms) on the Verb which is now inbound.

Leftee
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Nov 8th, 2018 12:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

Well, I doubled down. I scored a very nice ‘76 Vibro Champ. It didn’t have its original speaker and came with a new Celestion 8. I had a Jensen P8R so I installed that. The chassis is completely stock.

I never cared much for the SF Champ because they always seemed so “stiff” to me. This circuit is more to my liking.

(This message was last edited by Leftee at 02:23 PM, Nov 8th, 2018)

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