This is a vintage 1957 Fender Champ electric guitar amplifier. This particular example, serial number C-05083, is in very excellent original condition! It has been serviced to be studio ready, and has a replaced speaker. 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. Unearthing examples like this one is becoming rather difficult, because: 1) they’re over 50 years-old, 2) were inexpensive new, intended for students and were consequently mistreated as toys, and 3) the good ones have mostly been absorbed by collectors.
Serial Number: C-05083
Tube Chart Stamp: GJ (October 1957)
Speaker Date Code: ’12 Weber
This Tweed Champ utilizes: (1) original RCA 5Y3, (1) original RCA 6V6, and (1) non-original JJ 12AX7 tubes through a non-original 1 x 8″ Weber reissue. Changed speaker aside, this amp sounds better than the average tweed Champ. It is rich and full, yet pronounced with considerable high-end. Nicely overdriven with a Tele, it does sound surprisingly similar to a baby tweed Deluxe, with comparable gain and compression.
The amp sounds as preserved as it looks, and it may not be possible to get a better sounding example. The tweed exterior is quite attractive, and remains vibrant, sporting minimal fading and attractive patina. The grill cloth displays no visible fraying nor snags, and the chrome chassis is in very excellent condition.