Details about Fender Vibro Champ 1966 Guitar AmplifierSee original listing
Oct 26, 2012
[ 22 bids ]
Houston, TX, United States
If you’re looking at this item, you most likely know what this is. It’s a 1966, Blackface Fender Vibro champ guitar amplifier, serial number A15233. I usually over-describe the items that I put up for auction (see my auction buyer’s comments) but I don’t know very much information about this item. I found this amplifier in front of a house on my street after heavy trash pickup day. Actually it was several days after heavy trash pickup day. The heavy trash was sitting on top of it and after the cherry picker style garbage truck left, this was left lying on the ground. I’m not sure if it was rained on during the time it laid there. I saw it as I drove by it and I knew it was a small Fender amp but I could see the front was damaged and I assumed it was a cheapie Chinese remake so I kept driving past it. I finally stopped and picked it up and after a little research; I realized that it’s a very desirable little 1966 Fender amp made in the USA. I’m pretty sure this one can be repaired with a little effort and money.
The case looks very decent after I cleaned it with some mild detergent and a wet rag. I can see no major cover damage, just a few minor abrasions.
The electronics chassis has some surface rust in a few places but all the connectors and electronic components look ok and have no corrosion that’s visible to me. The blackface looks very nice with no major scratches or imperfections.
The front speaker insert is completely broken apart. And, one of the mounting braces that the speaker insert is screwed to inside the case came loose. It was originally glued and had three staples that mounted it to the case. I’m pretty sure it can be sanded a little and re-glued back in place. The staples are still present and are not bent.
The chrome pieces at the top of the amp cleaned up a little but some rust and minor pitting remains.
It will need the front speaker insert with the speaker cover material and a new speaker. The Fender name plate that goes on the speaker front looks decent, does not look bent or distorted and has both mounting screws present. The speaker is definitely blown and I know it was changed out to a 6 x 9 at some point in this amps life.
It needs at least one tube… I think it’s the 6v6GT that’s missing. I took the one tube that was present out to wipe it off and then I realized that I wiped off the information that was printed on the glass. And, I’m also not sure which socket I took it out of ….DUP!!
It will need a power cord plug end. The original one is falling apart. The power cord looks good and it looks original. The plastic power cord clamp that attaches it to the inside of the case is present but is not in any of the pictures. The clamp screw has ben replaced with a suitable replacement.
It is also missing the cover and mounting screws that go on the top at the back.
It will also need one chrome metal handle end cover and mounting screw. The handle is all there and looks decent.
The control pots are all fairly smooth and the power switch feels tight when switched on/off. I did not remove any of the knobs except one, the main volume knob, and I did not use any type of internal cleaner on the pots or the switch. Some of the pots are loose where they mount to the chassis. The knobs will need to be removed and the mounting nuts tightened. Also, one of the original knobs, the main volume knob, is missing. A different type of knob was used in the place of the missing one. I removed it to check the pot shaft for damage and found that it has minimal scratches on the shaft that should not be a problem.
All of the mounting hardware looks original. I did add some stainless nuts and lock washers, replacing the ones for mounting the electronic chassis.
I plugged it in (please don’t send me any negative comments) and the power light came on very bright and the existing tubes glowed.
I did have the small paper that was attached to the inside of the case showing the tube locations but it fell out and now I can't find it. I will keep looking for it.
I love to restore old things and I’m an electronic repair technician repairing medical equipment in a hospital. I decided to sell this amp as/is to let someone else fix it the way they want it done.
I have seen every piece that is missing on this amp recently listed here on eBay.
Please know before bidding on this item…. This Fender amplifier does not work and is being sold as/is.
Missing or damaged items:
1 control knob
Cover and mounting hardware at the top of the back
1 tube (6v6GT I think)
1 handle end chrome metal cover and mounting screw
Power cord end
Complete speaker and the covered front insert the speaker mounts to. Repair wooden piece inside the case that the insert mounts to.
I have more pictures that can be sent to you upon request.
Bid early and bid often. Rock on Wayne!!
DISCLAIMER: This item is being sold as-is, no refunds. I list everything as honestly as possible, but I am not an expert or a collector, so please ask any questions before bidding. I will post all pertinent questions and my response. More photos can be sent to you if requested.
PAYMENT: PAYPAL Only! Payment is expected within 5 days of end of auction. Item will not be shipped until your payment has cleared my bank.
SHIPPING: I will be using USPS ONLY for the shipping of this item. United States buyer pays a stated flat rate for the shipping this item I will purchase the INSURANCE for this item.
On Oct-23-12 at 15:33:13 PDT, seller added the following information:
I need to make a correction regarding the Fender logo mounting screws. There are three logo plate mounting screws present, not two. The three screws look original to this ampliifier.
And, I never found the piece of paper that was glued to the inside of the case showing the vacuum tube locations. I was so proud to have that still present and am embarrassed that I lost it.