1958 Fender Champ

Here is a vintage 1958 Fender 5F1 Champ -Amp electric guitar amplifier. This impeccably mint tweed example, serial number C08337, still retains all original components and even the original Victoria canvas protective cover. The late-50s 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 a 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: C08337
Transformer Code: 66079B, A 106

Tube Chart Date Code: HK (November 1958)

Speaker Code: 465-842 (Oxford 8″ 8EV-29)

As stated above, this amp is in mint cosmetic condition, and does not exhibit evidence of expected use, let alone normal storage wear. 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 you’re 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 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.