1969 Fender Champ Amp (Drip Edge)
Posted on August 11 2020
This clean vintage 1969 Fender Champ guitar amplifier with drip edge aesthetic came through the shop a few years ago. I'm always a vintage Fender amp buyer but I especially love Fender amps from the 1950s and 1960s. You can contact me here to sell a vintage Fender guitar amp.
The Fender Champ line began as a single ended, class A amp making just a couple of watts through a 8" speaker in 1948 called the Champion 800. It underwent a few changes throughout the years but always retained the single 6V6 power tube delivering that smooth breakup and drive. The Champ platform became a recording guitarist's essential companion that was portable but reliable. The only other necessities were a good guitar and some refined chops.
This 1969 Fender Champ is in great original condition and can't have more than a few minutes of playing time on it. It has the aluminum trim along the edge of the grill which was only done between late 1967 and the end 1969 (many call this "drip edge"). All parts are original, strong, and in beautiful cosmetic condition. It even has the original paper sleeve and schematic from the factory. Some of the metal parts do show signs of light pitting. There are few more satisfying circuits than the Champ. Even more satisfying is knowing that this is exactly what the amplifier sounded like right off that famous assembly line in Fullerton, California.