The Fender Champ was introduced in 1948 and discontinued in 1982. The Champ has the lowest power output and the simplest circuit of all of the Fender tube amps. The Champ has only one power tube, and the power stage circuit is, typically, single-ended class A. Five watts and the simple but super toneful circuit have allowed the Champ to become one of the most recorded amps in history.
This vintage Champ boasts its original lacquered tweed and the hallowed 5F1 circuit. It doesn’t get much more pure than the Champ, and this studio favourite delivers freakishly dynamic and glassy pure tube tone that can go from clean to fully saturated overdrive with a twist of the single knob.
This Champ was bought about five years ago from Norman’s Rare Guitars in Los Angeles, and had previously had only one owner. It has been used in a home studio environment since then. We think that one capacitor MAY have been replaced. But apart from that we think this Champ is in original condition. It is possible the tubes may even be the original ones. Even the original 8” Oxford speaker is present, and sounding great.
The lacquered tweed covering is in great condition. The screws are still shiny and the original leather handle is in great shape. The faceplate is clean with the original white silkscreen lettering intact.
It has its original 110v transformer so you’ll need a stepdown transformer for this one in Australia.
It sounds strong and chimey up to about 3, then moves into that sweet creamy overdrive that is unique to classic 50s Fender Tweed amps.
If you’re looking for a clean, original and collectible tweed amp that you can actually play, this is the one.