This is a vintage 1963 Fender Champ Amp. This particular example, serial number C20833, is in MINT all original condition and includes the original Fender hang tag! The late-50s 5F1 tweed Champs have enjoyed a reputation as the most famous big-sounding small amp. Though this example has black vinyl tolex, it is the exact same amp as it’s earlier 5F1 tweed predecessor. This very rare black version is noted as the last of the true 5F1 tweed Champs, and Wikipedia suggests “a small number of the last 5F1 style cabinets were covered with the “Blackface” amp cosmetics… as the factory most likely ran out of the tweed cloth covering.” As can be deduced, this amp is innately quite rare, but the opportunity of finding such a pristine example such as this is, would be impossible to recreate, so do not miss out on this amazing offer!
Yes, this amp is 100% all original. The tubes, the transformers, the speaker, the capacitors, the power cable, are all original. It works perfectly and sounds great. It seems a little under-powered, though it does work perfectly, but servicing this amp was out of the question, and I will let the next lucky owner decide what to do. In my opinion, the black vinyl tolex and silver grill cloth look incredible on the 5F1 cabinet, and it is much more attractive than your typical tweed amp in good condition. The stealth amp is quite the secret weapon, as it looks amazing and sounds incredible. Sure it looks great in photos, but it will stun you in person!
Serial Number: C20833
Tube Chart Date Stamp: ML (December â63)
Transformer Codes: 606337, -606-2-35
Speaker Code: 137 310 (CTS)
The petite size of this cute amp belies the monstrous tone when turned all the way up. If youâre reading this then you already know that the Fender Champ sounds like a wall of Marshalls when placed in front of a microphone. This Champ utilizes: (1) 5Y3, (1) 6V6, and (1) 12AX7 original RCA/Mullard tubes through an original 1 x 8â³ CTS speaker. The original 8â³ CTS speaker cone is intact and efficient with absolutely zero audible speaker fatigue or voicecoil distortion.
Originally intended for a student/economy customer, the Champ has since become several serious guitaristâs 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.