The Fender Champ was introduced in 1948 and discontinued in 1982.
The Champ has the lowest power output and the simplest circuit for all of the Fender tube amps. The Champ has only one power tube, and the power stage circuit is typically single-ended class A.
The first Champ from 1948 sported the name “Champion 800″ (with 8” speaker), changing a year later to “Champion 600″ (6” speaker) with circuit designation 5B1. It was rated at about 3 watts, featuring a “T.V. Front” style cabinet – which is the 1953 model for sale here.
The 800 was covered in greenish fabric while the 600 featured two-tone blonde and brown vinyl covering. This style lasted until 1953, when Fender’s cabinet style changed to the “Wide Panel” design with a tweed cloth covering.
Fender also renamed the circuit the “5C1”, “5” standing for the decade (1950s), “C” for the third circuit revision, and “1” was the Champ’s circuit designation. The 5C1 circuit was extraordinarily simple, using one 6SJ7 pentode in the preamplifier section to provide a single stage of voltage amplification, one 6V6 beam power tetrode in the power amplifier section, a 5Y3 rectifier tube and a single volume knob with no tone controls.
Rated at 3 – 5 watts, the simple toneful circuit has seem the Champ become a studio favourite for 6 decades.
This “Champion 600 Amp” was built in the early days of the original Fullerton factory. It features hand wired point to point circuitry and a signature from the factory tech. It has had normal maintenance including some caps changed, and a Tone Clone output transformer. And the leather handle is new.
The original 110volt power transformer is still in place so you’ll need a stepdown transformer in Aust.
It shows some wear & tear for sure, but the cabinet is structurally solid, and the internals look sound.
This is the real deal. Sweet vintage tweedy tones at your disposal.