Here is a vintage 1962 Fender Champ- Amp 5F1 electric guitar amplifier. This particular late-production narrow panel tweed example, serial number C17296, is in good vintage condition, and remains mostly original. While cosmetically 100% original and intact, aside from the inevitable leather handle replacement, only one capacitor has been replaced, otherwise everything else is original, including; transformers, speaker, tubes, hardware, and the remaining caps. Perfect for the studio, this example works perfectly and sounds exceptional. While not necessarily the finest example, this is a very intact original specimen, and it happens to sound great.
Serial Number: C17296
Tube Chart Date Stamp: LA (January 1962)
Transformer Code: 606139, –606140
Speaker Code: 465-125 (Oxford)
This Tweed Champ utilizes: (1) 5Y3, (1) 6V6, and (1) 12AX7 tubes through an original 1 x 8″ Oxford 8EV-29. Both transformers are original, though as mentioned, one cap and the handle have been replaced. Also, all (3) tubes appear to be original.
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, yet perfectly functional.
The tweed exterior is quite attractive, and remains vibrant, sporting minimal fading and discoloration. The grill cloth displays 3 small puncture marks, but the chrome chassis is in very excellent condition.