New Old Vibro champ Day

afireinside

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been scouring GC used to find a cheap old Champ or Princeton to compare my handbuilt SF champ and PRRI 65 and 68s. Missed some mispriced ones..... And was getting pretty irritated. Up popped a kinda high priced one but i was getting impatient. $499.


Called the store they said it had a Patriot 820 speaker..... no stock, and what he thought was GT tubes ugh!! I almost cancelled but figured what the heck. Got it in and looks mint, like brand new. A few scuffs on the faceplate by the switch but mint. I checked the transformer and its a 1969! Crazy for being so clean. Tubes are USA fenders so notnmodern GTs but what are they? Could they be original? 3 prong installed already so that's good. Plays and sounds great for the 5 seconds ive had w it.


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Instant authentic vintage tone. For better or for worse.

Congrats on a nice find. :applause:
 

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Congrats! I have a '66 Vibrochamp that had a Warehouse speaker in it. I put a Jupiter speaker in and it sounds great.
 

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Preamp Tubes look to be stock General Electric Fender labelled and the 6v6gta definitely GE. From the tube selection and the front badge it appears to be a 79’. You can get the serial number at the rear stamped A#####. Great score
 

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Ok great thanks! I ran that SN it said '79 but the transformer numbers says '69 so maybe a NOS '69 got put in years ago? Great that most if not all tubes are stock.

Sounds stellar only issue is as you increase the vibe intensity the volume drops just as much. Called Dean Zink (local to me) and he said likely bleeding caps he will go through it $70 bench fee so likely less then $100. If it weren't in such great shape i would just do the work myself since i solder my own pickups and have modded pedals before.
 

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I have two Vibro Champs with Weber Alnico speakers they sound great.
Yours seem to be in really nice condition so I think you did good on the price. The straight upper back panel was a late 70's cost saving feature, if that helps in you in determining the year.
 

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Someone on another fourm comfimed its a late 79 or ealry 80 before they went back to the blackface champ. So that makes sense! Thanks
 


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