This is a vintage 100% ALL ORIGINAL 1960 Fender Champ (5F1) guitar amplifier. This particular example, serial number C13699, is in very nice original condition. 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, this 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 not just other small tube amps, but even by the likes of 100w Marshalls.
Serial Number: C13699
Transformer Codes: 606-519 (May ’59), 606943 (Oct. ’59)
Tube Chart Stamp: JD (April 1960)
Speaker Code: 465-935 (Aug. ’59 Oxford)
This amp is in very nice cosmetic condition, and while it does exhibit some evidence of expected wear, the general condition is very clean and the amp resents quite attractively. The tweed exterior does not display usual distress and the original grill cloth is in perfect structural shape without rips, tears or fraying. 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.
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, but it has some minimal residual flapping. It is not blown not torn, but there is audible speaker fatigue if you listen for it. For the most part, it sounds fine and most wouldn’t notice because of the inherent distortion, but if you focus on it, you can hear it at mostly at low volumes with less gain. Otherwise, it sounds amazing, and it is not yet at the point where a re-cone would be recommended.