The Fender Champ amp of the late 1950s is well known as the small-but-mighty tone machine that belongs in every serious guitarist's collection. The release of the '57 Champ adds this iconic, one-of-a-... Click To Read More About This Product
The Fender Champ amp of the late 1950s is well known as the small-but-mighty tone machine that belongs in every serious guitarist's collection. The release of the '57 Champ adds this iconic, one-of-a-kind guitar amplifier to Fender's '57 Tweed Series.
This faithful hand-wired re-creation of the 1957 Fender Champ amp is a terrific studio amp and has been a prized possession of countless pro players for its great-sounding, low-output, easy-to-record capabilities. It's well documented that this model has been used on recordings by Johnny Cash, Keith Richards, and Eric Clapton (it's the "Layla" amp). And with its rich tone and touch-sensitive response, this Fender amp is ready to make great music today.
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This is based on the 5F1 tweed champ... it doesn't use quite the same signal caps and resistors but I wouldn't knock it for that. What I would say is that Fender want way too much for this amp. Go buy a kit for one of these for half the price. Even buying a custom built one (there is no secret to making these amps) would run you less. They did the same thing with the Tweed Deluxe (5E3) reissue which was discontinued... the price was outrageous. Why would anyone buy one when they could get the same thing or better but without the Fender badge for half the price?
I always thought Fender should reissue this very model since it is such a classic amp.I once played a real one so I had a general idea of what this should sound like.As I expected,this reissue performs quite like a good tweed champ should....a nice warm clean tweed tone that starts to deliver a cool primitive distortion as you turn the volume up.Obviously this amp will appeal mainly to studio situations but it can be used for low volume gigs like old school blues where the drummer is playing softly.This is not a versatile amp,there is not even a tone knob but it does it's thing very well.In the hands of the right guitarist who has experience in knowing how to achieve different colors through their playing and guitar knobs and switches,this amp could actually be all that's needed.I don't know if it sounds exactly like a true 1957 champ would(in a side by side comparision)but I find it very close in my judgement.You need to consider that an original amp is now +50 years old and very broken in.The originals used carbon comp resistors with a certain wire type....I don't think this reissue uses exactly the same materials but overall,I think Fender did a great job on this amp.
Like the title says, this amps only does one thing and that is deliver the most beautiful sounding clean tone around. All you get with this amp is a volume knob. So you're kind of limited but with your volume and tone controls on your guitar, you should be able ot get many classic tones out of this. This has the most amazing clean I've ever heard and believe me, I've heard some excellent ones (I own a Fender '57 Twin amp also). The clean tones alone are worth the price tag. However the big bonus with this amp is how perfectly it breaks up around 5-6 on the volume knob. The loudness doesn't really increase after about 5, anything past that just gives you more overdrive. And what a great overdrive it is... I can honestly say I can hear exact classic overdriven tones through this amp that I grew up listening to and loving (rolling stones, eric clapton, Led Zeppelin). I know it's a steep price tag but if you can afford it, you won't regret it.
This is the amp to get if you want to get vintage tone and nice breakup without being excessively loud. I tested this out against a vintage 12 watt tweed, and the Champ performed...like a Champ! Kudos to Fender for putting out this amp... I was ready to buy the '57 Deluxe, and ended up with the Champ instead, so I managed to save $1k. :)
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