Fender Champ 5F1 Tube Amplifier (1956)

Fender  Champ 5F1 Tube Amplifier (1956)
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Fender Champ 5F1 Model Tube Amplifier (1956), made in Fullerton, California, serial # C-01105, 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.) deep.

This is a generally nicely preserved and early example of the tweed Fender Champ 5F1 model, showing some general wear but looking not too heavily used. It has a tube-chart ink-stamp "FB" indicating it was assembled in February 1956. The serial number is C01105, so Fender had so far built around 1000 examples of this classic model. It retains a somewhat smaller cabinet and the 6" speaker, both soon to be enlarged. As with any tweed Champ, it features just a "chicken head" volume knob and a single-ended 6V6-driven power section, yielding about 5 watts of output power.

Externally, there's some typical wear to the rather fragile tweed fabric covering, including some edge wear and minor scuffing overall. The faceplate is clean of corrosion, though some of the stenciled lettering is missing around the volume dial. The grille cloth is in great shape and the handle looks like an older high-quality replacement.

Electrically, the amp is nicely original. The original little 6" Permaflux speaker is dated to the 49th week of 1955 (reading 395-549). It was recently professionally reconed and sounds great. Both the power and output transformer are the original Triads. The output transformer is numbered 265. The amp has received routine maintenance, including standard replacement of electrolytic caps, as well as a grounded 3-prong power cord and cleaning of all sockets, pots and jacks as well as biased to spec. It was wired up by Lupe, and has her masking tape signature still intact.

Overall a clean and fantastic sounding example of one of the great tweed classics. Overall Excellent Condition.