Fender Vibro Champ (1974) SOLD!

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In the realm of musical instruments, manufacturers seem unable to resist the temptation to tinker with existing designs. Whether motivated by the demands of picky tone seekers or the pressure to introduce new product each year, perfectly good designs are pored over, tinkered with, and re-engineered. One exception to this rule is the Fender Champ—it remained essentially unchanged between 1967 and 1982. Maybe because of its modest design, the Champ escaped all of Fender’s questionable ‘70s improvements, like the controversial master volume or pull-knob “boost” controls. Instead, it was known as an easy-to-use fount of reliably good tones. This 1974 Model AA764 sports a great vibrato circuit fueled by a 12AX7 tube and boasts a whopping four and a half watts. Plug in a wide-open humbucker-loaded guitar and you’ll get bedroom-level crunch. Try the same experiment with a Strat and it’s the famous “Layla” tone—fluid lead tones with plenty of bite and sustain. Ahh, simplicity! Loaded with a new reissue Jensen speaker, else all original. SOLD!

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In the realm of musical instruments, manufacturers seem unable to resist the temptation to tinker with existing designs. Whether motivated by the demands of picky tone seekers or the pressure to introduce new product each year, perfectly good designs are pored over, tinkered with, and re-engineered. One exception to this rule is the Fender Champ—it remained essentially unchanged between 1967 and 1982. Maybe because of its modest design, the Champ escaped all of Fender’s questionable ‘70s improvements, like the controversial master volume or pull-knob “boost” controls. Instead, it was known as an easy-to-use fount of reliably good tones. This 1974 Model AA764 sports a great vibrato circuit fueled by a 12AX7 tube and boasts a whopping four and a half watts. Plug in a wide-open humbucker-loaded guitar and you’ll get bedroom-level crunch. Try the same experiment with a Strat and it’s the famous “Layla” tone—fluid lead tones with plenty of bite and sustain. Ahh, simplicity! Loaded with a new reissue Jensen speaker, else all original. SOLD!