In a historic collaboration, Fender introduces its first artist signature amplifiers-EC Series amps bearing the name of legendary guitarist Eric Clapton.
Clapton recorded some of his biggest hits with a tweed Champ; a late 1950s practice amp and Fender classic prized by countless pros for its great low-output sound and easy-to-record performance. He still uses one today, and we’ve answered his call for a special model with several distinctive features by introducing the EC Vibro-Champ. Built to Clapton’s own exacting specifications and handmade in the United States, it’s a fascinating variation on the ’57 Champ designed with a ’50s-era output tube bias tremolo (which produced a more throbbing pulse than later Fender tremolo circuits) and a switchable power attenuator (reduces speaker output). It’s a must for Clapton fans and guitarists who want the ultimate in low-power tube performance.
Features include hand-wired all-tube circuitry on eyelet board with premium components; circuit based on late-’50s Fender Champ amp model 5F1 (about 5 watts); tremolo speed control and footswitch jack (footswitch optional); single 8” Weber® Signature speaker with alnico magnet for dynamic, sensitive response; Groove Tubes® 6V6GT output tube, two 12AX7 preamp tubes and 5Y3GT rectifier tube; Schumacher custom transformers; internal speaker disconnect (allows use of external 4-ohm speaker enclosure); finger-joined solid pine enclosure for warm, resonant tone; lacquered tweed covering with vintage-style brown/gold grille cloth and leather strap handle. Deluxe fitted cover included.
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I was a little skeptic about this vibro champ. The price looked so high but I was looking for a good amp for home use since I play monstly at home.
As soon as arrived the vibro champ I was impressed but not as much as I was expecting.
After a couple of days playing with it I really have to admit that this amp is a miracle.
I play blues and I have my stratocaster vintage series. Those two pieces of gear together are fantastic. The amp is really responsive I can play loud or soft just using my hands, or acting on the volume pot. The amp can be loud for home use but just as loud as you may need to enjoy this little jem. Everytime I start playing it I cannot stop playing, the sound that comes out from my hand is so beautiful I cannot believe it's me playing, I always look around myself to see if Buddy Guy or Eric Clapton are around playing the blues.
The speaker is 8 but I don't really need a bigger one, bass that comes out from my guitar are ok and there is nothing more I would add to my sound. I don't put any pedal in front of it, you could but you don't need to because this amp cranked up can give you all the sound you may need.
Finally I really recommend this amp to anyone looking for really vintage sound for home use. The price is high I know but I never played a better tube amp to use at home.
claude77 owns this item
I wanted a small amp to play at home, but wanted great quality. I kind of had the Vibro Champ in mind and took it into the demo room for a while. I took my John Mayer Stratocaster with me to test it and was completely blown away. Basically you just crank up the amp to 10 or 12 and control the sound with your guitar's volume control. It goes from a nice clean to a very impressive swampy overdrive. It's more than loud enough in my house when set to half power. Tube bias tremolo sounds absolutely fantastic and will likely make me use it more than I normally would. Workmanship is very impressive being hand wired and hand built with great materials. When I first saw this amp (before playing it) I thought Fender was nuts to be asking a grand for it. After using it I'd actually say it's not overpriced one bit. When i play through this amp it makes me say "wow" all of the time. If you're looking for a small amp for home use, recording or to mic up on stage this could be the one. You certainly won't get metal tones out of this little monster, but blues sounds don't get much better. Classic rock players should also feel right at home without the use of a bunch of pedals. The value of this amp isn't apparent until you fire it up and hit the first note.
waltah owns this item
I'm very impressed with this amp... both the tone and the craftsmanship of it. I am an owner of a company that manufactures products in the USA, and it means a lot to me to discover a beautifully made product that is created (somewhat) affordably in our country. It is expensive, but it shows in the details and the sound. The wood, the speaker, the wiring, the leather handle, even that Fender went the extra step to use nice-looking copper-colored screws on the front panel is an example of the thought that was put into this amp. The build quality is superb, however the white lettering on the chrome knob plate has seemed to start wearing off rather quickly... especially around the Input jacks.
The tone is unreal. I also own a 1968 silver-face Virbro Champ that I thought was the holy grail for me. This is better, and certainly quieter with less hum which is very nice. If you really boost this amp (I use an Ego-Booster sometimes) it just melts in a good way. It's amazing to finally see a current production model match or exceed the sought-after vintage Champs I've hunted down over the years.
I play two guitars through this thing. An American Deluxe Tele (the S-1 boost turns this amp into a beast), and a Nighthawk with P90's that really brings the guts + growl of this amp to the surface. My favorite part about the amp is that I find no need to have a single pedal between my guitar and it (I record a lot and occasionally mic it). There are so many sounds available just through it's responsiveness, especially with good pickups.
The tremolo sounds wonderfully warm and really hits the sweet spot as far as it's strength. I think it's fine that there is only a speed control for it. I have one slight criticism here: I wish the speed could get slower actually. Just a slightly broadened range in the speed of the tremolo would make it more usable for me.
I'm trying to be subjective here, but really I'm just absolutely thrilled with the tone and build quality of this thing.
jtjunker owns this item
I eagerly awaited the arrival of my EC Vibro Champ and when it arrived I thought wow sounds great, nice tone with the stock tubes, breaks up well and the vibrato was nice and articulate
Then after an hour a horrible crackling static noise occurred in the amp. After hitting a note it would decay quick and the crackling would start. Took it back to be looked at in Australia. After waiting 3 and half weeks they returned the amp supposedly fixed. Well, after an hour it did it again.
This only occurred on input 1. input 2 was fine but hey i paid for a working amp & i want it to work.
Not happy so it went back, and they sent me a new one.
So after another week i have a new amp that has supposedly been tested and works fine ...... Well after an hour, the same issue but worse than the first one. My primary intention for this amp was for a recording amp and it wasn't good enough. I went and got my money back.
hope Fender sorts the problem out - a great sounding little amp otherwise
|Model Name:||EC Vibro-Champ®, 120V|
|Controls:||Volume, Speed, Output|
|Inputs:||Three - (1/4", One High Input and Two Low Inputs)|
|Rectifier:||Tube (1 x 5Y3GT)|
|Cabinet Material:||Finger-Joined Solid Pine|
|Handle:||Vintage-Style Leather with Nickel Mounting Hardware|
|Grill Cover:||Tweed covering and vintage-style brown/gold grille cloth|
|Amplifier Depth:||7.8" (19.8 cm)|
|Amplifier Width:||12.5" (31.8 cm)|
|Amplifier Height:||13.5" (34.3 cm)|
|Amplifier Weight:||16.5 lbs (7.5 kg)|
|Speaker Description:||8”, Weber® Signature speaker|
|Speaker:||One - 8" Weber® Special Design with Alnico Magnet|
|Pre Amp Tubes:||Groove Tubes® - (2 x 12AX7)|
|Power Tubes:||Groove Tubes® - (1 x 6V6)|
|Unique Features:||Hand-wired all-tube circuitry on eyelet board; premium components throughout, Circuit based on late 1950s 5F1 Champ produces about 5 Watts, Tremolo with speed control and footswitch jack (optional footswitch available, P/N 0994049000), 8” Weber® Signature speaker with Alnico magnet for dynamic, sensitive response, Groove Tubes™ 6V6GT output tube, two 12AX7 preamp tubes, and 5Y3GT rectifier tube, Custom transformers by Schumacher, Switchable output power attenuator reduces the speaker’s output if desired, Disconnectable internal speaker allows use of external 4 Ohm speaker enclosure, Finger-joined solid pine cabinet resonates with a warm, woody tone, Genuine lacquered tweed covering with vintage brown/gold grille cloth and leather strap handle, Deluxe fitted cover is included, Hand made in Corona, California, USA.|
|Knobs:||Chicken-Head Style Pointer|
|Cover:||Fitted Cover Included|
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