Fender Champ 5E1 Tube Amplifier (1957)

Fender  Champ 5E1 Tube Amplifier (1957)
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Fender Champ 5E1 Model Tube Amplifier (1957), made in Fullerton, California, serial # C-04015, tweed fabric covering finish.
 
Height is 12 in. (30.5 cm.), 13 1/2 in. (34.3 cm.) width, and 7 1/2 in. (19 cm.) in depth at deepest point.

This is a moderately well-worn but great sounding early 1957 tweed Fender Champ, the classic "home" recording amp of all time. The tube-chart is fairly well worn but the ink-stamp "GC" is perfectly legible from when it was wired up by Lilly in March 1957. Externally the tweed shows wear to the edges and corners, with some scuffing and minor staining overall. The leather handle is a repro and the faceplate shows some heavier corrosion with minor loss to the stenciled graphics.

This amp has just been serviced and is sounding great; this included a grounded 3-prong cord, standard filter cap job with all electrolytics replaced and re-biasing to spec. and cleaning of all pots, jacks and sockets. No circuit changes have been made. The on/off Volume pot (and its chicken-head knob) appear to have been replaced long ago, as were the fuse holder and cap. It retains the original transformers; the original Oxford speaker dated the 51st week of 1956 has been expertly reconed and sounds great. The tubes are a mixed lot.

This is yet another great-sounding 1950s tweed Champ, a perennial favorite amplifier -- small in size but with a great range of tones including the searing overdrive sound typical of these when cranked, in spades! Very Good + Condition.