I have the opportunity to purchase a Fender Vibro Champ XD, I think they are nice little amps and perfectly suited for my bedroom playing. I am loving the YT videos I have been watching.
The guy has it up for £100, is that a good/normal price for a used one?
I understand it isn't the best amp in the world but I only play at home for fun so don't require anything fancy.
It's a valve amp which is what I am after, I understand it becomes a hybrid with the gain/OD channels but I use pedals for my effects anyway, rarely use the amps built in.
My main question, other than is the price fair is...
If I wanted to play along with a backing track either playing from my phone or laptop, how would I go about doing it on this amp as it has no AUX in?
I was using a real crappy SS amp (which died) which had AUX in and although I didn't really use it often, I did occasionally when I like to practice along with some backing tracks when practicing my timing or impro etc so if there is a way of doing it with this amp (or any amp in fact without an AUX in) then I would be grateful of the info.
I did consider the HT-1R combo for this reason (and you can use external speaker too) but my ££ wont stretch that far right now (well this Friday when I get paid).
I sometimes use my MacBook to practice along with backing tracks, load them into GarageBand etc and just mess about, but not having external speakers and using the internal speakers for the sound is NOT COOL, but does the job for practicing purposes all the same.
1. Is the £100 price fair?
2. Is it actually any good for my requirements?
3. Jamming along with backing tracks?
If it's anything like the Super Champ x2, it should suit your needs pretty well. My SC, though is right at the verge of being too loud for my apartment. (old 1850's woodframe building with paper thin walls...) The amp sounds very nice, and the clean channel is CLEAN- I wound it up to 8 or 9 on the volume the other day ( neighbors were all out!), and it was still very clean. Loud as hell, but still not breaking up.
Channel 2, with the voicing selector, has some nice sounds on it. The digital reverb is REALLY good. I use pedals to add other effects to it.
This, of course, assumes that these amps are similar. ( mine is labelled as a "vintage modified tube amplifier" has a 16 position voicing knob for channel 2, and several digital effects- most of which are actually very nice. 2x 6v6 power section) For a home use amp, it does fabulous. The combo's speaker is actually plugged in to the speaker out- so you can use it with an extension cab as well.
100 bucks for a small Fender valve amp sounds pretty good to me. That's small, entry level modelling/practice amp money.
as for 3, I have the opposite problem: Aux inputs on all but one of my amps, but no MP3 player or single plug CD player to use it with! I just jam along to my stereo. ( the better to mask the sound of my questionable playing!)
I had a Vibro Champ XD, I too bought it used for £100 and sold it for the same so it is a fair price. I loved it (also had a Super Champ XD before). These little things got me out of the amp wilderness and into Fender type amps big style (now own a CARR, oops), anyway back to the Vibro, for Fender clean and light breakup it is superb, none better at home volume imo, I even prefer the slight boxiness of the 8" speaker compared to the Super Champ at bedroom volumes - sounds more like a real Champ. The heavy drive sounds are a little scratchy but still very usable. No aux in, but (other than something like the Yamaha THR's) ipods and the like sound terrible through guitar amps, I wouldn't personally entertain it. Get some laptop speakers for £20 and run your backing tracks through there, the results will be much better imo.
Thanks, sounds like a fair deal then.
I do like the clean sounds based on the not so accurate YT videos, I guess in real life the cleans will sound much better than on a video.
Not so fussed about the OD sounds from it as I generally use pedals anyway for that.
I did think about some laptop speakers, might just do that and plug my phone into them. May even get a pair of used half descent studio monitors, nothing fancy just cheap but better than standard PC speakers. Prob benefit me in the long run as I do plan to do more playing through the computer when we get our new iMac.