Fender Champ-Amp 5F1 Tube Amplifier (1959)

Fender  Champ-Amp 5F1 Tube Amplifier (1959)

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Item # 8054
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Fender Champ-Amp 5F1 Model Tube Amplifier (1959), made in Fullerton, California, serial # C-12147, tweed fabric covering finish.
Height is 12 in. (30.5 cm.), 13 1/2 in. (34.3 cm.) width, and 8 in. (20.3 cm.) deep.

The 1959 Champ is often considered one of the finest small amps ever for the combination of just enough volume and crunch, and this one certainly bears that out. This moderately well-worn example has some staining and moderately heavy scuffing fraying to the tweed, but is still a great-looking and fantastic-sounding amp with a serious vibe. There is one deep gash into the top of the cabinet near the handle; all other wear is just cosmetic fraying to the tweed.

The speaker is original, although the sticker is missing; the tubes a mix (just a modern power tube). There is a new 3-prong cord added, and the leather handle is a repro. There has been some Filter cap work (originals included), but the rest of the circuit remains as Leo's workers made it. These late-'50s Champs have a bit more muscle and headroom than the earlier versions, retaining the singing distortion these are loved for when cranked. This one is a lovely-sounding example of this petite powerhouse, worn but not abused. Very Good + Condition.