I've fallen in love my my Vibro Champ

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  1. mbratch

    mbratch Member

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    [FONT=Verdana, Arial]Here are a couple clips of my new (to me) 1968 Vibro Champ I threw together today. After playing around with it, now I can laugh at the reviews on Harmony-Central that call these amps a "one-trick pony". :)

    This one is "dirty". Volume set to 10. Oxfart speaker. Hamer Artist (HBs) rhythm bridge pickup, and Strat on lead.

    Champ Demo Dirty

    And this is the opposite, clean with volume on 6. Fender start on rhythm, and Hamer neck pickup on lead. Same Oxfart speaker. I'm actually starting to like the Oxfart!

    Champ Demo Clean
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  2. trisonic

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    Welcome to the club.
    I love my little Vibro Champ too.
    Changed my speaker (or rather Jimmy Somma did - he also tuned it up and gave it a 100k service) to an Eminence.

    Best, Pete.
     
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    I've got a Weber Alnico Sig 8S on order. :)
    And the cool thing about Vibro Champs is they're cheaper than a good amp modeler. ;)
     
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    True.

    I also had Jimmy put (a totally reversible) mod to bypass the tone stack. Switchable from the Bass pot, nice increase in gain, somewhat tweedy but identical to the Layla sound.

    I usually leave mine in our kitchen, which is about 20' by 18' and has a nice natural reverb. Even my Wife likes it a lot.

    Best, Pete.
     
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    Both clips sound great!
     
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    sounds great!! I really like the clean clip. Reminds me I have an 8" champ speaker in my closet to sell. When I sold my Champ I sold it with a Weber C8RS that I had put in it.
     
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    Sounds righteous!

    You guys may know more than I on this: but I seem to remember reading Clapton using Champs live & in studio as a kinda pre-amp-plugged into a bigger amp[Fender too?]--that was on his first solo album with Delaney & Bonnie--Let it Rain etc.-got it on CD-some of my favorite Strat tones ever-soorry-goin'
    off topic a bit.

    JF
     
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    We went thru this a few weeks back, John.
    Reports say he used a Champ on the Derek and the Dominoes album, He says he used a Vibro Champ; we actually think he used a modded Vibro Champ to get that sound. Eric's memory is notoriously unreliable - I wonder how accurate his autobiography will be?:D

    Best, Pete.
     
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    ha!!-i knew'd ya have some dirt on that -do ya think thats what he used on his solo LP too?

    j
     
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    It's possible, John, but I think it sounds slightly different, definitely Fender, I'd say (hedging his bets....).

    You ask him what he used and he'd probably say "Fender." - which covers a multitude of things and was probably just whatever was lying around in the studio that day!

    Best, Pete.
     
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    agreed!-its quite brite-fer sure on that LP-reminiscent of some of the tones
    above.

    j
     
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    Thanks for the comments guys. Here's a pic of the amp setup for recording:

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    Man-how can ya work with such a complicated set-up---
    i'd be tearin my hair out!-:D
     
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    hehe. On the other end is a low-end PC running Guitar Tracks Pro which is a cheapo 32-track recorder with some built-in effects. I only used a little reverb and delay. No other effects out of the recorder since I was looking for a pure Vibro Champ tone.
     
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    I was just ebay-dreaming about gittin a Vibro Champ-

    I have an SV Vibrolux which is nice -but the Champ is sweeter!
     

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