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Fender Eric Clapton EC Signature Vibro-Champ 5W 1x8 Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Combo Amp
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A special model with unique features including a '50s era output tube bias tremolo with a "throbbing" pulse.

The tweed Fender Champ amp of the late 1950s is a terrific practice amp, prized by countless pro players for its great sounding, low output, easy-to-record capabilities. Guitarists often turn the amp's volume up high, and manipulate the guitar's controls for a variety of sounds from pristine clean to swampy overdrive. Rock legend Eric Clapton, who recorded some of his biggest hits with a tweed Champ, still uses one today.

Eric requested a special model with a couple of unique features: '50s era output tube bias tremolo, with a more "throbbing" pulse than later Fender tremolo circuits; and a switchable power attenuator to reduce the speaker's output if desired. The Fender Eric Clapton EC Signature Vibro-Champ 5W 1x8 Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Combo Amp is designed and built to EC's exact specifications. This interesting variation of the '57 Champ amp is a must for Clapton fans, tone seekers, and for any player seeking the ultimate in low-powered, top-quality tube performance.

Fender Eric Clapton EC Signature Vibro-Champ 5W 1x8 Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Combo Amp 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, US

Fender Eric Clapton EC Signature Vibro-Champ 5W 1x8 Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Combo Amp Specifications:

  • Model Name: EC Vibro-Champ
    Series: Custom
    Voltage: 120V
    Wattage: 5 watts
    Inputs: 1 (High input) and 2 (Low input)
    Power Handling: 5 watts
    Rectifier: 5Y3GT rectifier tube
    Controls: Volume, Speed, Output
    Cabinet Material: Solid Pine cabinet
    Handle: Leather Strap Handle
    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: 8", Weber Signature speaker
    Impedance: 4 Ohm
    Pre Amp Tubes: 2 x 12AX7
    Power Tubes: 1 x 6V6

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  • Is it worth $1000?

    As reviewed by MIKE FAIRMAN on 2/15/2012

    OK, no one could ever really justify a $1000 recreation of what was originally intended to be an affordable "practice" amp for students, but I have to say... wow. I was looking for a nice sounding, low wattage amp to put in my bedroom to practice, etc. I wanted something that sounded good, but quit enough to push without rattling the walls. So I bought this amp and a marshall class 5 so I could a/b them and return the one I don't like. First off, I have a Fender 600 reissue that I did some simple mod's to and it sounds awesome. The amp, new speaker, tubes... all said about $200-225. Good enough, except now I had these other two amps sitting at my house... no turning back now. The marshall sounded awesome (the choice became so difficult I almost kept them both) it broke up nice and early, the 10" speaker sounded great, it was loud but the switch that cuts the wattage made it almost too quiet. As for the EC Vibro-Champ I was fortunate to have a coupon, so it only cost me $899! This amp sounds incredible... period. Forget practice amp, this amp has a very full sound, the attack is awesome, put this thing at 12-3 oclock, lightly pick the strings and you get a nice full, clean sound. Strum or attack hard and it breaks up with incredible harmonics. This has got to be the loudest 5 watt amp I have ever heard. A little bit of a downside for me on one hand, but on the other I could totally see mic'ing this thing at a gig without worries, in fact I'm anxious to see how this sounds with the ext speaker option. Anyway, the wattage cut switch does take it down a notch, but barely. Overall, this is a great amp that has caused me to put the dust covers over my bigger stuff. It not only sounds great, it is a fun amp that I am excited to do some recording with. Putting a 57 in front of it and a condenser for ambient room, it sounds like something 10 times it's size. If your looking for a small amp and are tight on funds, get the 600 plus new speaker/tubes. If you got the money and don't need something bigger, get this amp... you won't be disappointed.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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  • Simply amazing

    As reviewed by walter wilcutts on 3/19/2013

    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. I got mine with a $200 off coupon and it was well worth the money. After using it I'd actually say it's not overpriced, even without a coupon. 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 find that it would suit your needs and won't need a bunch of pedals to get a great sound. I use a Line 6 M5 pedal mainly for reverb (wish the amp had it)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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  • finally found it

    As reviewed by mark sweeney on 4/6/2012

    ok the price sounds crazy but so does this amp. i,m blown away ! i have several amps a blues deville 4-10, a fender twin, a hot rod deville and a blues junior nos all sound good at low volumn but need to be cranked to sound great. this little amp is un beleivable!! sounds incredible for blues and 60,s 70,s rock without pedals! great for playing leads with my les paul nice and punchy! loud enough but not too loud. great dynamics and harmonics don,t even care for the blues junior anymore. its like playing twenty guitars and finally finding the one! well this amp is the one i was looking for! great job fender!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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