New RI FENDER Vibro Champ

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

  1. Chmason85

    Chmason85 Synchromatic

    May 1, 2018
    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

    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

    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.
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2021 at 5:44 AM
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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

    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
    "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:

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  7. Tony65x55

    Tony65x55 Gretschified

    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
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    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
    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
    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. ;)

  11. hcsterg

    hcsterg Friend of Fred

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


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  12. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    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
    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

    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

    May 1, 2018
    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

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