Fender Champ 5F1 Tube Amplifier (1962)

Fender  Champ 5F1 Tube Amplifier (1962)
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Fender Champ 5F1 Model Tube Amplifier (1962), made in Fullerton, California, serial # C18886, 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 stunningly well-preserved example of the final version of Fender's tweed Champ, just about the finest we have seen. The amp shows only very minor wear and looks hardly used over the last almost 60 years. It has a tube-chart ink-stamp of "LH" indicating it was assembled in August of 1962. By that point only the Champ (intended for students) retained its 1950s Tweed livery; the other larger Fender amps were well into their white and brown Tolex eras. Leo never wasted anything and one assumes they used up all the tweed stock before re-designing the model in 1963-4!

This amp has just been serviced and is sounding great. This work included adding a grounded 3-prong cord, standard filter cap job with replacing only the electrolytics and re-biasing to spec. No circuit changes have been made. The amp retains the original 1962 transformers marked 606-219 on the output and 606-233 on the PT. The speaker is the original undisturbed Oxford stamped to the 16th week of 1962.

Externally the tweed is extremely nice with hardly any wear even at the edges and corners. There is one slightly damaged area on the grill cloth where some cross lines were scraped away; this is really the only notable blemish on the entire unit. Everything else is original and quite natty; the original leather handle is still intact and the faceplate shows no corrosion and only very light scuffing with no loss to the stenciled graphics. Beyond its killer looks this is yet another great-sounding tweed Champ, a perennial favorite amp -- small in size but a monster in tone! Excellent + Condition.