Fender Champ-Amp 5C1 Tube Amplifier (1953)

Fender  Champ-Amp 5C1 Tube Amplifier (1953)
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Fender Champ-Amp 5C1 Model Tube Amplifier (1953), made in Fullerton, California, serial # 6391, tweed fabric covering finish.
Height is 11 1/4 in. (28.6 cm.), 12 in. (30.5 cm.) width, and 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm.) deep.

This is a super well-preserved, great-sounding early '50s-style wide-panel tweed Champ. The tube chart code "CJ" denotes October 1953 manufacture, not too long after the code dated system was introduced. It was wired up by Julia. This 5C1 is a simpler design than the post-1955 models with a one-piece chassis, brown painted back control panel with just a single pointer knob for volume and two inputs. This one is nicely original overall, with a Triad 6500 power transformer and OT 70189, a Permaflux 6L Speaker coded 395-315 that retains the original cone and still sounds good.

This amp looks great with only light wear to the less heavily lacquered early-style tweed and a very clean back panel. Internally it is recently serviced with replaced electrolytic caps, a three prong grounded cord installed, biased to spec. with cleaned sockets, pots, and jacks. These earlier Champs are lower wattage than their later descendants, with a quicker ramp up to overdrive and a bit less headroom. This one sounds great, AND you can crank it in the living room and not wake the neighbors! Excellent Condition.