Here is a vintage 1957 Fender Champ- Amp 5F1 electric guitar amplifier. This particular narrow panel tweed example, serial number C-05341, is in excellent 100% all original condition. The late-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 guitaristâs 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-05341
Tube Chart Date Stamp: GK (November 1957)
Speaker Code: 465-742 (Oxford 8EV-29)
This Tweed Champ utilizes: (1) 5Y3, (1) 6V6, and (1) 12AX7 original tubes through an original 1 x 8″ Oxford 8EV-29. As stated, this amp is 100% all original down to every last tube, cap, and even the power cable! If anything, 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 original 8″ Oxford speaker cone is intact and efficient with absolutely zero audible speaker fatigue or voicecoil distortion. 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.