Here’s a vintage 1954 Fender ‘Champ -Amp’ 5C1 electric guitar amplifier. This particular wide panel example, serial number 7302, is in nice all original vintage condition. Since most student amps were abused, mistreated, and poorly stored, it’s extremely rare to find an early example this nice and original.
Serial Number: 7302
Tube Chart Date Stamp: DE (May 1954)
Transformer Code: 7787
Speaker Date Code: 395402 (Permaflux)
As mentioned, this amp is all original condition, including; the speaker, transformers, General Electric tubes, Astron capacitors, and all other resistors, wiring, etc., is original in this amp.
Quite surprisingly, the amp sounds particularly great. It is loud, efficient, warm, and saturated: everything you would expect from a great Champ. Similar to a later model Tweed Champ, but with perhaps more saturation in the mids, and less high-end sizzle, this amp sounds like a shrunken Marshall, and would be the absolutely perfect candidate for a studio sidekick. The original speaker is nice and tight, and does not exhibit even the slightest symptoms of fatigue. Being a guitar player and a fan of small amps, I highly suggest investing in one of these!