The silverface version served as a basis for the Bronco student amplifier of 1967.
In 2007, Fender reintroduced the Vibro Champ as the Vibro Champ XD, part of their "Vintage Modified" series.
Aesthetically, the XD is based on the Champ from the blackface era.
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An updated version was introduced in 2006 as part of the "Vintage Modified" line.
The Champ had only one power tube, which meant that the circuit is single ended and class A.
Five watts and the simple toneful circuit allowed the Champ to be used easily and often in recording studios. Front" style cabinet with two-tone blonde & brown vinyl covering.
Through 1957, Champs only had a six inch speaker, but the 1958 model 5F1 featured an 8". The same electronics are available with a different look and feel - based on "tweed" Fender amps, despite the branding - as the Gretsch G5222.
The 5E1 and 5F1 circuits used a 12AX7 dual triode in the preamplifier to provide two stages of voltage amplification, and a single 6V6GT power tube to produce about 5 watts. Made in China The Fender Vibro Champ was a guitar amplifier made by Fender.
A Champ from this era can easily be dated by the code stamped on the tube chart, The 5F1 lasted until 1964, when the Champ finally made the transition to the "Blackface" style of circuit and cabinet. It was first introduced in 1964 and discontinued in 1982.
A small number of the last 5F1 style cabinets were covered with the "Blackface" amp cosmetics around this transition, as the factory most likely ran out of the tweed cloth covering. The Vibro Champ featured built-in tremolo with controls for speed and intensity.
First introduced in 1948, it sported the name "Champion 800" (with 8" speaker), changing a year later to "Champion 600" (6" speaker) with circuit designation 5B1. This style lasted until 1953, when Fender's cabinet style changed to the "Wide Panel" design with a tweed cloth covering.
Fender also renamed the circuit the 5C1, 5 standing for the decade (1950s), C for the third circuit revision, and 1 was the Champ's circuit designation.