Whats the deal with Fender Champs? Are they good little amps?
Just like any Fender amp, they come in the usual flavors, Tweed, Black and Silver!
Somehow I had a couple Vibro Champs as a teen, of course they weren't loud enough for me back then
And luckily I got one for $5 a few years ago that I'm keeping this time, now that I'm older and wiser!
Lots of tweaks for these, you can bypass the tone stack like the tweeds, some nice old tubes and they sound great, perfect for recording.
I owned a 70's silverface Vibro Champ and I really wanted to love it, but it just didn't do it for me. The main problem was lack of clean headroom. Even after trying a Weber Alnico Sig 8 speaker and a variety of tubes, it started breaking up really early. If that's the kind of tone that works for your style, great. A lot of people really like these amps. I've read a number of user reviews that said theirs stayed relatively clean up to 8 or 9 on the volume knob. Mine started getting distorted around 4, so maybe it was just characteristic that particular amp. I sold mine and got a Super Champ XD, which may not have the mojo of a vintage Champ, but it works better for me.
I recently picked up a stock '64 Champ for $200 and invested another $40 for new electrolitic caps. It is a great little amp for playing at home and recording. I am surprised how good that little 8" speaker sounds. Sounds great with dirt pedals too. It is a keeper for sure. I find this little amp gets better low volume sounds than any big amp turned down.
Hey does your champ have the stock cap value of 20/20/20 or 40/20/20?
oh yeah... this amp is good for recording and as a bedroom amp.Whats the deal with Fender Champs? Are they good little amps?
Don't remember, haven't opened her up in a while.
A new speaker really opens these up, I have a Weber in mine and it really stays together better when pushed, no more flabby bottom.