New RI FENDER Vibro Champ

Discussion in 'Ampage Area' started by G5422T, Jan 12, 2021 at 9:57 PM.

  1. Chmason85

    Chmason85 Synchromatic

    500
    May 1, 2018
    Philadelphia
    I think this is cool but seems a little pricey. I have the 68 Princeton and I absolutely love it! I can’t see getting this when the Princeton hardly costs more, but it is a cool little amp for sure.
     
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  2. Groutsch

    Groutsch Gretschie

    413
    Jun 9, 2018
    Maryland, US
    My silverface Vibro Champ has an 8" speaker and no reverb. This "reissue" looks like just a lower-wattage Princeton Reverb (without a real spring). It could sound nice, but I wouldn't call it a reissue.
     
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  3. Highroller

    Highroller Synchromatic

    901
    Jun 11, 2015
    Portland, OR
    My first amp was a mid-60's blackface Vibro Champ. Definitely no reverb. I sold it for something like $30 on my way to getting a bigger amp. Wish I'd kept it, but who knew then what they'd be worth today. I don't understand the current "Champ-mania". Gimme a break, I owned one - they're not that bloody fantastic! But with people paying $800 for 50+year old practice amps, apparently Fender sees a market for this type of thing.

    Me, I'd probably get something else if I needed a little workbench/practice amp today. But that's just me. YMMV.
     
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  4. Uncle Daddy

    Uncle Daddy Friend of Fred

    Jan 19, 2012
    Maldon UK
    Too loud for a bedroom amp, too quiet for gigging, too many dollars......but I still want one!
     
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  5. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    62
    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
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    I agree with all the above post' . Nice little guy but for the price I think you could get a nice Roland JC-22 or any " Cube " amp and save yourself a few bucks . I also agree with @Highroller , I just don't get the " Champ-mania " either
     
  6. hcsterg

    hcsterg Friend of Fred

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    "And in addition to vibrato, this combo is packed with a high-quality digital hall reverb for bathing your tone in just the right amount of ambience."

    That's all I wanted to know... ;)
    Now let's see if the reverb sounds good. I would have chosen a spring digital reverb algorithm instead... o_O
    If yes, then it's a promising home amp... :cool:

    A+!
     
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  7. Tony65x55

    Tony65x55 Gretschified

    Age:
    64
    Sep 23, 2011
    The 'Shwa, Ontario, Canada
    If the quality of the digital reverb is as good as the Tonemasters, it will be very satisfactory. We'll see soon enough.
     
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  8. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson
    Admin Post
    I love a grab and go amp. They really can make life a bit more fun. Actually, IMO, I think that Fender is into something here. A small amp with reverb, which is to say that you could head off to a jam or a gig with one trip to schlep all your gear into the car. I’ve played at least half of my gigs for the last 3-5 years using a 5 watt Winfield Typhoon, a Catalinbread Topanga reverb pedal and a Tenny, so I could see how an amp this size might really have s9me appeal.
     
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  9. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    usa
    Yep, good thing IMO. Hearing/playing one will tell it all, but I would be surprised if Fender blew the reverb circuit.

    They've got the new tech that's getting pretty good reviews around here. Marry that to a little tube cult classic, and it would be a fun amp to play.

    Vox seems to have a good following with the AC10C1 in its various offerings. Not a steller reverb, but just a splash that ain't bad. Fun to play.

    Another nice offering IMO.
     
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  10. hcsterg

    hcsterg Friend of Fred

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    Sure @Tony65x55 : It's promising :cool:... It's filling the missing link in the Fender Vintage-y style amp : a 5-Watters with reverb and trem.

    A good digital reverb is indeed much better than a poor, small spring reverb put in the amp "for saying it has a reverb" ! At least, it's what I noticed while integrating an EHX Holy Grail Nano in many of my amp builds. ;)

    A+!
     
  11. hcsterg

    hcsterg Friend of Fred

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    Yes. I would also mention the little SUPRO 1605R, even if this one is in the costy range...

    [​IMG]

    A+!
     
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  12. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    Looks cool. I paid around 200.00 less for my SF Twin reverb.....crazy times.
     
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  13. TSims1

    TSims1 Gretschified

    Jun 18, 2013
    Atlanta
    A master volume would make this a perfect small amp. 5 watts can still be ferociously loud for small environments. Cool move though Fender!
     
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  14. Tele295

    Tele295 Country Gent

    This amp is a harmonica player’s dream
     
  15. Gretschtim1

    Gretschtim1 Country Gent

    Dec 4, 2012
    Dundalk, Md
    Too much money for a 5 watt amp.
    Many other options out there for 1/3 the cost. When you are in practice amp territory there are many low cost amps that offer more options - built in effects for example.
    If you are going to spend that kind of money and you want the Fender sound you'd be better off with a Princeton for a few dollars more.
     
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  16. Mark W

    Mark W Country Gent

    Age:
    68
    Jun 6, 2008
    Central Florida

    I love 5 - 10 watters. Small and easy to carry are good things. Speaker out connection provides a lot of versatility. Some 5 watters have decent clean output where others dirty up too soon. I had a 5 watt Ampeg GVT5H head and it was LOUD (plenty of clean top end) when I plugged it into a 2x12" pair of Celestions. The bummer was it had no reverb. I like the feature set on this amp but price point would be better in the $500 - 600 range.
     
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  17. Chmason85

    Chmason85 Synchromatic

    500
    May 1, 2018
    Philadelphia
    I agree. I’m playing my Princeton right now on 2 with a JHS milkman and it’s a great volume to fill my room but not bother neighbors. I can take it to 5 and get some real gnarly tone and can keep up with a band before it’s dimed out, so it’s very versatile.
     
  18. amp360

    amp360 Gretschie

    359
    Oct 21, 2012
    Maryland
    Insane. I paid $180 for by BF VibroChamp in 1994. That kind of seemed like a lot.
     
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