This is a vintage 1958 Champ -Amp “5F1″ electric guitar amplifier. This particular narrow panel example, serial number C08302, is in good 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 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: C08302
Transformer Codes: 66079B, A106
Tube Chart Date: Not Visible
This ’58 Fender Tweed Champ utilizes: (1) 5Y3, (1) 6V6, and (1) 12AX7 tubes through a replaced Mojo Tone 8″ 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.
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 grille cloth. Both back panels are original and attractive. The leather handle is a replacement.