Blackface Vibro-Champ® Style Amplifier Kit
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After the original Champ amplifiers received such acclaim, Fender introduced the Vibro-Champ in an effort to build on the success of the simple 5F1 circuit by adding a tube-driven tremolo with speed and intensity controls without losing any of the Champ’s renowned tone. A unique-sounding and apt recording amp, the Vibro-Champ has been used by a wide range of artists, from Eric Clapton to Mac Demarco.
Lightweight and portable, the Mojotone Vibro-Champ style amp is perfect for the studio, practice, and even mic’d club gigs. Our Vibro-Champ style amp is a class A, 7 watt tone powerhouse with clear and articulate sound reproduction at low volumes. And no worries, if you want the raw and entrancing sound of a dimed out Champ, this kit will deliver without losing its inherent clarity.
Enjoy the smooth, natural compression of a single 6V6 power tube and the versatility of two inputs with varying output levels. Controls from left to right are volume, treble, bass, speed, and intensity. Nothing beats a well-designed and short signal path with a straight-forward control panel -- our Vibro-Champ amp is based on a circuit that has proven its worth for almost 60 years!
- Class Type:A All Tube Amplifier
- Output:~7 Watts
- Bias Type:Cathode Bias
- Build Time:~5 hours
- Preamp Tubes: ECC83/12AX7 (2)
- Output Tube(s): 6V6GT (1)
- Rectifier Tube: 5Y3
- Transformers:Power - Champ (MOJO760EX), Output - BF Champ (MOJO771)
- Hardware:Vibro-Champ Small Parts Kit, Vibro-Champ Chassis, Front & Rear Faceplates, Fender style 1-button Footswitch, 10' Install Power Cord
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Ratings & Reviews
Great practice amp
by Bob -
This is a great practice amp! It has that classic Fender tone and chime. I made one modification by changing the fixed mids resistor to 6.8K to give it the same mids scoop of the larger Fender amps. I also built a custom pine cabinet and added a Jensen C12N speaker.
This was my second amp build and I found it to be fairly easy but it did take two days to complete. I used the Princeton Reverb manual as a guide for the order of assembly. As another reviewer stated, the wiring diagram has an error in the wiring of the output transformer. You need to switch the output transformer primary leads to avoid having a high pitched squeal.
by W. W. -
After scouring the web and finding that the OT wires might not be color coded correctly, I finally have the amp not squealing. It is pretty quite and sounds good thru a 15" speaker. After building the Princeton, the build difficulty is more difficult for this amp, I believe, because there are no instructions to follow. Only wiring diagram that was, on my OT, color coded incorrectly.