Fender Champ 5F1 Tube Amplifier (1958)

Fender  Champ 5F1 Tube Amplifier (1958)
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Fender Champ 5F1 Model Tube Amplifier (1958), made in Fullerton, California, serial # C-08156, 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 well-worn but great sounding tweed Fender Champ 5F1 model, showing some common wear but no major abuse. It has a tube-chart ink-stamp "HI" indicating it was assembled in September 1958. The serial number is C-08156, so Fender had by this point already built around 8000 examples of this classic model, by then the world standard small practice amp. The tweed-covered exterior is nicely smoked with a dark patina and shows minimal scuffing and tears. The faceplate shows some areas of corrosion but all of the stenciled graphics are still intact. The original handle is still in place and shows signs of age but still has some life left in it. The small lower back panel has gone missing.

Electrically, the amp is nicely original: the Oxford speaker, marked 465-823 (23rd week of '58) has been professionally reconed and sounds fantastic. Both the power and output transformers are original, made by Triad and marked 66079B and A-106 respectively. The single twin-can pot is coded 304-828. 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 Lily, and has her masking tape signature still intact. Now, it may be superstition but we think this prolific Fender employee made some of the best amps of the 1950's, and we'd like to salute her long-ago labors! Very Good + Condition.