Fender Champ 5D1 Tube Amplifier (1955)

Fender  Champ 5D1 Tube Amplifier (1955)
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Fender Champ 5D1 Model Tube Amplifier (1955), made in Fullerton, California, serial # 8510, tweed fabric covering finish.

The classic "home" amp in any configuration, the Fender Champ is as simple as it gets but still one of the all-time great amplifier designs. This example has a tube chart code of "EA" designating assembly in January 1955. These are the last of the older style Champs with the back-mounted control panel equipped with just a single volume knob, not as loud as later '50's examples but equally toneful.
 
Height is 10 7/8 in. (27.6 cm.), 12 in. (30.5 cm.) width, and 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm.) in depth at deepest point.

This 1955 Champ remains in somewhat worn but mostly original condition overall-recently serviced with a new a 3-prong plug and typical cap job. It is set up with new power tube (pre-amp and rectifier still period) and newer fuse housing. The speaker is likely an early replacement, it is an Oxford 6EVS with a date code to the 6th week of 1959. Overall the amp is a bit scruffy but unbowed overall showing scuffing and some random staining to the original unlacquered tweed covering. The speaker cloth may have been replaced long ago but appears to be the correct material, the leather handle remains original. The faceplate has some corrosion but the graphics are largely intact. This lovely little amp is still fine sounding and very tasteful until cranked, then it snarls away. Very Good + Condition.