60s, 70s Champ and Vibro Champ

Gridlock

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Not positive, but I'm pretty sure that the two are the same except for the tremolo circuit.
 

H. Mac

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I've compared my silverface Vibro Champ to blackface, other silverfaces, and non-Vibros lots of times, and the sonic differences are insignificant, and subtle enough that you have to listen very closely to hear. After I installed a Weber 8F150, my VC sounds better than any stock Champ or VC that I've had the chance to compare side-by-side.
 

drbob1

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Component differences can make a difference, but it's not like there's one necessarily better. Of the 3 I have the SF with the Weber speaker sounds the best. There's a difference with the 5F3 version, though, because it doesn't have the tone stack: a bit rawer and more gain at lower volume.
 

monkmiles

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I've been itching for a non vibrato Champ. I think I'd get a lot of home use and small jams. I have a PRRI I might move for something like a champ to focus more on home use.
 

dcbc

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I've been itching for a non vibrato Champ. I think I'd get a lot of home use and small jams. I have a PRRI I might move for something like a champ to focus more on home use.
After I got my 76 PR, I unloaded my 77 Champ. Both were great amps, but the Champ seemed redundant. It was fun to crank, but the cleans weren't as pretty as the PR's.
 

zenas

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On a Vibro Champ if you don't have the footswitch try a dummy plug to shut of the trem. It changes the sound vs just turning it all the way down to shut it off.

I can't take credit for that tip read about it somewhere a while back. After having a Vibro Champ or two laying around for over 20 years.
 




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