2021 Fender ’68 Custom Vibro Champ Reverb Combo Amp
Are you looking for big Fender mojo in a little package? This Fender 68 Custom Vibro Champ Reverb can kick some serious ass!
The 68 Custom Vibro Champ Reverb is part of Fender’s ’68 Custom amp series. This series retains the classic look and sound of the original amps while adding modifications that improve the overall tone. It takes the original 5 Watt 68 Vibro Champ to the next level by adding a lush Hall reverb and upgrading the speaker size to 10 inches to beef up the amp’s low-end. The rest of the amp is true to the original ’68 Vibro Champ spec.
This amp is for anyone that wants the Champ’s unique tube sparkle and low-volume breakup, with a re-design that overcomes its speaker size limitations. If you’ve ever played through a Champ, you know what I’m talking about. It shines in the upper and midrange registers but can be a little shallow at the bottom. Despite its limitations, no matter how I adjust my other Fender amps, they never quite sound and perform like a Champ. This is what made this “student” amp attractive to professional players for recording and playing smaller gigs. The 68 Custom Vibro Champ Reverb is the perfect amp for players that like clean to mildly overdriven sounds at bedroom-friendly levels.
The amp has an all-tube Class-A design that is fairly quiet even at near-saturated levels. It has a solid-state rectifier that gives it less power sag than the vintage Silverface Vibro Champ. The 68 Custom Vibro Champ Reverb has a robust 7-ply Birch Plywood cabinet covered with Black Textured Vinyl that helps project the sound and keep vibration to a minimum, especially with the oversized 10-inch speaker. The cabinet comes with a period-correct Silver Turquoise Grille Cloth that looks great with the front control panel.
The Reverb comes with a lush Fender hall reverb that performs well, even at higher settings, without sounding too harsh or artificial. It can make your playing sound three-dimensional without overpowering the music, even in larger rooms.
The Vibrato can easily conjure the ’50s surf sound or ’60s “psychedelic” textures. It has an overall silky smooth character that can add enticing subtly to any playing.