Here is a vintage 1958 Fender 5F1 Champ Amp electric guitar amplifier. This impeccably clean tweed example, serial number C08329, still retains every single original component. 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 near perfect 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, so jump on this opportunity to buy one of the cleanest we’ve ever had, as we can’t promise we’ll get another this nice anytime soon!
Serial Number: C08329
Transformer Code: 66079B, A 108
Tube Chart Date Code: HK (November 1958)
Speaker Code: 465-842 (Oxford 8″ 8EV-29)
As stated above, this amp is in near mint cosmetic condition, and does not exhibit evidence of expected use, let alone normal storage wear. No, it is not perfect, but it is quite close. The tweed exterior does not display usual distress, fading, fraying, and the original grill cloth is in perfect structural shape. The chrome control panel is crisp and clean without usual oxidation and rust.
The petite size of this cute amp belies the monstrous tone when turned all the way up. If youâre reading this then you already know that the Fender Champ sounds like a wall of Marshalls when placed in front of a microphone.
The Tweed Champ utilizes: (1) 5Y3, (1) 6V6, and (1) 12AX7 original tubes through an original 1 x 8″ Oxford speaker.
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 8â³ 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.
Whether you’re looking for an era appropriate mate for your valuable vintage guitar, you want a great-sounding investment for your studio, or you’ve always wanted a great tweed Champ for no particular reason, this is the one for you.