This is a vintage 1956 Fender Champ -Amp “5F1″ electric guitar amplifier. This particular narrow panel example, serial number C02051, is in good original condition. The mid-50’s tweed Champs have enjoyed a reputation as the most famous big-sounding small amp. Though originally intended for a student/economy customer, the tweed Champ has since become several serious guitarist’s secret weapon in the studio as it famously produces an abundantly rich and overdriven tone, unparalleled by not just other small tube amps, but even by the likes of 100w Marshalls.
Serial Number: C02051
Transformer Code: 5396
Tube Chart Date: FF (June ’56)
This ’56 Fender Tweed Champ utilizes: (1) 5Y3, (1) 6V6, and (1) 12AX7 tubes through a non original vintage over-built EV-style speaker. The original speaker was blown, and was misplaced, so it is not included. Both transformers are original, but several caps have been replaced. Also, all (3) tubes appear to be original. This amp was serviced to be a great-sounding recording amp. It retains the original 2-prong gray cable.
This low-wattage amp is perfect for recording and really impresses an immense tone upon most microphones. This example works perfectly and sounds incredible. Clearly, this is not a 100% original collector’s example, however, it is original where most important. This example over-compresses, which creates this incredible envelope effect, akin to famous violin tone sought by many.
While the cosmetic condition of this particular example is on the above average side, it wouldn’t be considered clean nor near mint. The tweed covering is intact, as is the grillcloth. Both back panels are original and attractive. The leather handle is a replacement.