1963 Fender Champ
Posted on November 18 2020
This vintage 1963 Fender Champ guitar amp came through the shop a few years ago. I'm always a vintage Fender amp buyer, but I'm especially looking for the tweed Fender amplifiers from the 1950s. You can contact me here to sell a vintage Fender guitar amp.
"The Champ Amp is constructed of the finest cabinet design. Circuit provides extremely pleasing reproduction. Speaker is a fine quality permanent magnet type. The Champ Amp has two instrument inputs, volume control, jeweled pilot light, and extractor type fuse holder. The amp covering is striped airplane luggage linen which is both durable and washable." -- 1962 Fender Electric Instruments catalog
Make and Model: Fender Champ~Amp
Year: 1963. Chassis and tube chart stamp MA (January 1963), Output transformer code "-606-2-19" (Schumacher, 1962, 19th week), Power transformer code "606228" (Schumacher, 1962, 28th week)
Specifications: ~5 watt single ended Class A all tube amplifier, 8" speaker
Originality: All parts original except filter capacitors. Check out all the important original parts including the output transformer, power transformer, all coupling capacitors, and speaker!
Condition: Very good. I received it in all original condition along with the Champion lap steel guitar that it was original played with. The tweed is nice but shows yellowing and wear from the years. The original leather handle is nicely intact!
Playability: Excellent! It has just received a fresh set of filter capacitors from my amplifier technician. We opted to leave the original brown two prong cord. This one is a flame thrower. There's plenty of gain on tap for all the tweed Fender tone you need that won't break the bank or make your ears bleed.
Notes: This is the one that all your pedals want to sound like. It makes every guitar sound good whether it's a humbucker guitar, P-90, Strat style Fender pickup, and definitely my Jazzmaster wide range single coil pickup. If shimmery clean tone is what you're looking for then you're in the wrong place :). This flame thrower is on the other end of the spectrum.