I am updating the location since I am the new owner. Thanks for all you do for these gems of American culture.” -B. Ramos“Here’s my Blackface Vibro Champ from december 1966. It was rescued from the side of the road where someone had put it with the garbage. Note in the previous photo the cap can has very little clearance to the speaker. Kira the cat loves it too ;)” -greetings from Switzerland. It’s stamped A820798 which I believe makes it a 1980.Mezzell“My VC is A743102, bought new late in 1977 at Kitchens Music, Leeds, UK. Williamson I registered this one with your website a couple weeks ago. I use it pretty much every day now, it’s a great little amp.” -Len“Here is a picture of my 1965 Vibro Champ from ‘Fender Electric Instrument Co.’ – Tube Chart Code ‘OE’ May, 1965,“my 78 Vibro champ” -photo courtesy of M. Editor’s Note: The speaker is from a Gibson-made Kalamazoo amp. This amp is an exception, most 10″ mods don’t have the speaker center-mounted, but have it offset a little to the right (rear-facing). As you can see, it really was used as a scratching post, and there’s a fair amount of rust on the mounting screws and speaker, though the cone is intact.Fender added a silver grill cloth to give this line a new, high contrast look.But what really distinguished the blackfaces was their new sparkley sound.A Champ from this era can easily be dated by the code stamped on the tube chart, The 5F1 lasted until 1964, when the Champ finally made the transition to the "Blackface" style of circuit and cabinet. The Champ switched from Blackface to Silverface four years later.A small number of the last 5F1 style cabinets were covered with the "Blackface" amp cosmetics around this transition, as the factory most likely ran out of the tweed cloth covering. Fender brought back the blackface cosmetics for a short time in 1981 before discontinuing the Champ the following year. Cosmetically similar to the original Champion 600, internally it features a modified blackface Champ circuit (with the settings of the tone stack being hard-wired rather than adjustable via Treble and Bass controls, and a couple of additional resistors reducing input-stage gain) and a switch to solid-state rectification from the original 5Y3 tube.It’s been my most used amp ever since and is still completely original, including the valves. Since then, I tore it down and had local amp tech give it a good “once over”. The speaker was cracked, he replaced it with a nice VOR, (voice of rock) 8″ replacement speaker from the guy at Midwest Speaker. “Just wanted to share a few photos of my recent acquisition 100% Original (tubes too. Bowie“She’s a little beat, but she sounds like a million! That white debris in input #2 is where a bug lived in it. “Hello, here some nice Pictures of my ’78 Vibro Champ with a autograph of Robert Cray. I also included a pic of the one visible tube showing the original Fender logo.
The new “blackface” joined the rest of Fender’s new “blackface” line, so called because the amps had black faceplates, black knobs, black handles and black tolex covering.The start of a new decade The dawn of the 1960’s brought changes to the entire line of Fender’s guitar amplifiers.Leo Fender made it a habit of listening to musicians, and they told him they wanted amplifiers that sparkled more and that were less midrangey.The Champ had only one power tube, which meant that the circuit is single-ended and class A.Five watts and the simple toneful circuit allowed the Champ to be used easily and often in recording studios. Front" style cabinet; the 800 was covered in greenish fabric while the 600 featured two-tone blonde and brown vinyl covering.