This is a vintage 100% all original 1964/1965 Fender Vibro Champ (AA764) guitar amplifier. This impressively well-preserved pre-CBS example, serial number A03677, is extremely clean and includes a vintage Fender cover and the original hang tag! Since most student amps were abused, mis-treated and poorly stored, it’s extremely rare to find an example this nice and original, so take advantage of this opportunity to buy on of the cutest vintage Fender amps available!
Serial Number: A03677
Tube Chart Date Stamp: OB (February 1965)
Transformer Codes: -606-4-39, -606-4-45
Speaker Code: 465-437 (Oxford)
Cabinet Assembly Number: 224
Factory Number Stamp: F00765
This amp is nearly 100% stock, and certainly original where most important! It includes the original RCA black plate power and rectifier tube, and even has the original (2) RCA preamp tubes! It was serviced minimally, whereby several caps and resistors were upgraded to ensure the efficient usability of the amp. Other than that superficial and inevitable servicing the amp is just as it was when it left Fender’s Fullerton factory almost 50 years ago!
Blackface Fender Champs and Vibro-Champs are surprisingly great for both recording and practice applications. Most associate the blackface Fender era with beautiful clean tone, and while that is certainly true, this little guy produces harmonically rich overdrive when pushed all the way.
The black vinyl tolex exterior is in extremely excellent condition. The silver/grey/black stripe grill cloth is not faded: it still remains crisp and attractive with no snares, rips or frays. The appearance and structural integrity is also very fine. The control panel is crisp and clean with some few minor blemishes. All of the hardware is in very excellent condition, and the chassis is quite clean.
The Fender Vibro Champ utilizes; (1) 5Y3 (1) 6V6 and (2) 12AX7 tubes through an original 1×8″ Oxford 8EV Special Design Speaker. Since this particular example has been very well-preserved, it sounds as good as it looks. The 5Y3 (RCA), 6V6 (RCA) and 12AX7’s (RCA) are all original.
One of the best bargains n the market, BlackFace Vibro Champs are a must have for all guitar enthusiasts, so do yourself a favor, and buy the best one out there!