Fender Champ-Amp 5C1 Tube Amplifier (1953)

Fender  Champ-Amp 5C1 Tube Amplifier (1953)
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Item # 9510
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Fender Champ-Amp 5C1 Model Tube Amplifier (1953), made in Fullerton, California, serial # 6502, 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 very nicely preserved, great-sounding early '50s-style wide-panel tweed Fender Champ. The tube chart code "CJ" denotes October 1953 manufacture, not too long after the new code dated system was introduced. It was wired up by Esther (we think, it's a bit hard to read the masking-tape signature). This 5C1 is a simpler design than the post-1955 models with a one-piece chassis, brown painted back control panel with 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 fab.

This amp looks great with only some light wear to the less heavily lacquered early-style tweed, mostly on the corners and edges. The back panel is very clean with nice crisp graphics, the handle is a high-grade repro. Internally it is recently serviced with replaced electrolytic caps, a three prong grounded cord installed, biased to spec. with cleaned sockets, pots, and jacks. The tubes are a lovely clean set that are original or at least period. These earlier Champs are somewhat rarer than their later descendants, lower wattage 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.