This is a vintage 100% ALL ORIGINAL 1959 Fender Champ amplifier. This exceptional tweed example still retains all original components and the original Victoria canvas protective cover. This particular example is very pristine, and while not necessarily mint, it registers a strong 9.5/10. It is certainly the cleanest you’ll find online for quite some time.
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: C09081
Transformer Code: 66079B
Tube Chart Date Code: IB (February 1959)
Pot Codes: 304 828
Speaker Code: 465-847
This amp is in superb near-perfect cosmetic condition, and does not exhibit evidence of wear or abuse. The tweed exterior does not display usual distress, fading, fraying, and the original grill cloth is in perfect structural shape with one small puncture near the bottom, which is considered the only flaw that ultimately detracts from it’s otherwise 10/10 appearance. The chrome control panel is crisp and clean without usual oxidation and rust. This is a very nice original specimen. Please take time to inspect the 40+ photos included.
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 RCA 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.