Fender Champ 5F1 Tube Amplifier (1959)

Fender  Champ 5F1 Tube Amplifier (1959)
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Fender Champ 5F1 Model Tube Amplifier (1959), made in Fullerton, California, serial # C 09395, tweed fabric covering finish.
Height is 11 3/4 in. (29.8 cm.), 13 1/4 in. (33.7 cm.) width, and 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm.) deep.

This is a very nicely preserved example of a late-1950s tweed Fender Champ 5F1 model. It has a tube-chart ink-stamp "IB" indicating it was assembled in February of 1959. The serial number is C09395, indicating Fender had so far built over 9000 examples of this classic model in just five years! This 5F1 features the larger cabinet and 8" speaker, an upgrade from earlier models. As with any tweed Champ, it features just one "chicken head" volume knob and a single-ended 6V6-driven power section, yielding about 5 watts of output power.

Externally, the cabinet is in impressive shape for a nearly 63-year-old amplifier. There's some typical minor wear to the tweed fabric covering, including some edge wear and minor scuffing overall, including a cigarette burn to the top-right front corner. The faceplate is very clean, save for a some very light scratch-wear around the volume control, though all the stenciled lettering is intact. The grille cloth is in great shape and the leather handle looks to be original as well.

Electrically, the amp is nicely original. The speaker is the original Oxford 8EV-29, dating to the 47th week of 1958 (465-847). Both the power and output transformers are the original Triads, reading 66079B and #106, respectively. The amp has received routine maintenance, including standard replacement of electrolytic caps, as well as a grounded 3-prong power cord and cleaning of all sockets, pots and jacks as well as biased to spec. It was wired up by Lily, and has her masking tape signature still intact. Now, it may be superstition but we think this prolific Fender employee made some of the best amps of the 1950's, and we'd like to salute her long-ago labors!

Overall a clean and fantastic sounding example of one of the great tweed classics, always a shop favorite here. Overall Excellent Condition.