This is a vintage 1954 Fender “Champ -Amp” 5D1 electric guitar amplifier. This particular wide panel example, serial number 7698, is in very excellent 100% all originalcondition, and is the cleanest of this variety I have ever seen. While it’s not perfect, it is still incredibly presentable with very slight and minimal evidence of wear. It is perfectly intact with an incredibly preserved tweed exterior and a grill cloth that is quite exceptional. Since most student amps were abused, mis-treated, and poorly stored, itâs extremely rare to find an early example this nice and original, so take advantage of this opportunity to buy on of the cutest vintage Fender amps available!
Serial Number: 7698
Tube Chart Date Stamp: DK (Nov. ’54)
Transformer Code: 7787
â¨Speaker Date Code: 395443 (Permaflux)
As mentioned, this amp is in near mint 100% all original condition, including; the speaker, transformers, General Electric tubes, Astron capacitors, and all other resistors, wiring, etc., is original in this amp.
The cosmetic condition of this amp is very nice. The tweed exterior exhibits some very minimal wear, but still looks exceptional for being nearly 60 years old. The dark brown linen grill cloth is in nice overall condition and only exhibits two rough spots but is structurally fine. The chassis is fine and the hardware is void of typical oxidation.
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, even if you don’t get a chance to buy this particular example, I highly suggest investing in one of these!