This is a hand-wired Fender Bronco from 1970 in excellent condition. It is basically a Vibro Champ rebadged as a “student” model and sold to schools at a lower price point, often bundled with a Duosonic or Mustang guitar. It features exactly the same AA746 circuit as silverface Champs and Vibro Champs from the era. Selling them to schools as a Bronco avoided competition with Fender dealers selling the higher priced Champ models.
It is a baby tone monster.
The Fender Bronco is a great sounding amp perfectly suited to recording. Single-ended, Class A all-tube amp with the touch-responsiveness, sag and compression these types of amps are renowned for. 5 watts into 3.2ohm output. Tubes are 12AX7 (preamp), 6V6 (power) and 5Y3 (rectifier) tube.
The silverface Champs were one of the few Fender models that retained the same quality and sound as their blackface forebears. And the Bronco is the same.
And by the way, this is NOT one of the solid state Bronco reissues of the 1990s. This all Fender tube goodness.
8″ Fender speaker
Impedance: 4 ohms
Tubes: (1x) 5Y3GT, (1x) 6V6GT, (2x) 12AX7
It shows some light cosmetic wear and some tarnishing of the metalwork, but overall this little amp is in great shape. At some point is has had a 240v transformer installed, so no step-down tranny required for this one.
It also features a nice speaker upgrade with a sweet sounding Jim Weber Signature 8” unit installed. The original Fender speaker is working properly and included in the sale.
This little thing has tons of pure vintage Fender tone, with a deep & throbbing vibrato that is kinda unique on its own. It is a classic compact combo you’d be hard-pressed to get a bad sound out of.