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Fender '57 Custom Champ 5W 1x8 Tube Guitar Amp Lacquered Tweed

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One of the most popular amplifiers of all time lives again in the ’57 Custom Champ. Renown for it’s flexibility, ease-of-use and knockout tone this is the classic sound heard on thousands of recording... Click To Read More About This Product

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One of the most popular amplifiers of all time lives again in the ’57 Custom Champ. Renown for it’s flexibility, ease-of-use and knockout tone this is the classic sound heard on thousands of recordings. A wide variety of playable tones inhabit this hand-wired performer—from crisp, classic cleans to naturally compressed overdrive that responds remarkably to guitar volume and picking dynamic changes.

The Fender® 5F1 circuit used in the ’57 Custom Champ has become legendary for its heightened dynamic response and sweet sounding tube overdrive when pushed. A 12AX7 preamp tube matched to a classic 6V6 power amp tube generates this in-demand overdrive. When the volume is cranked, this little wonder sings with the natural compression and rich even-order harmonics of a power tube working at peak output in Class A topology. The 8-in. Weber Alnico speaker stays true to the classic Champ sound, compressing to create fat tone at higher levels while more than ably reproducing the raunchy tones found at the top of the amp’s volume knob. The hand-wired circuit includes newly sourced yellow coupling capacitors chosen for their authentically vintage Fender tone—sparkly cleans and creamy overdrive with smooth top end and round mids.

Onstage this amp looks great, retaining classic Champ visual appeal—lacquered tweed, chickenhead knob, leather handle and 1/4-in inputs for low or high output instruments are all here. In the studio, the 5-watt design means you’ll be able to explore the full range of available tones without overloading sensitive microphones (or your ears). Updated components, hand-wired craftsmanship and a classic circuit design all combine to create the ’57 Custom Champ, a style-spanning performer. Includes a protective cover.

Features
  • Power: 5W (tube)
  • Tubes: one 12AY7, one 12AX7 (preamp); one 6V6 (power amp)
  • Single channel
  • Two inputs: normal, bright
  • Speaker: 1x8 Weber Special Design with Alnico magnet
  • Cabinet Material: Finger-Joined Solid Pine
  • Covering/Grille Cloth: Bassman
  • Handle: Vintage-Style Leather with nickel mounting hardware
  • Knobs: Chicken-head style pointer
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Fender'57 Custom Champ 5W 1x8 Tube Guitar Amp
 
4.0

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome little amp, really versatile, tons of fun.

By Mr. T

from Orange County, CA

Comments about Fender '57 Custom Champ 5W 1x8 Tube Guitar Amp:

Went to check this thing out to compare the 12ay7 preamp tube to the 12ax7 that came in my VibroChamp.

Overall construction quality of the build and components still seems top notch.

The 12AY7 definitely rounds out the sound a bit and I think makes for a very versatile amp overall. I don't think one sounds better than the other (12ax7 vs 12ay7) it just depends on what your looking for. This amp feels like it breaks up a hair later and does not seem to compress nearly as much as mine does when you push it past 9 or 10 on the volume knob.

Like any good champ this thing can do from clean to mean, and everything in between. The amp really excels at showing off or perhaps highlighting your playing dynamics. Pick attack and guitar volume/tone control all have a prominent effect on the noise that come out of this little tweed box. A few hours of playing one of these on 12 will teach you more about your technique than any other exercise I have found. With some practice you can get beautiful singing cleans lush with overtones all the way to honking, compressed and saturated barks just by varying your picking. If you are looking for that classic tweed champ sound for home or studio its had to do much better than this without sacrificing your ability to hear in the long run.

I am sure people will complain about that price of these, but remarkably this is the same price as the one I bought some 3 years ago. And compared to all the boutique clones its right on par with market value of a new, hand made, point to point 5F1, and this one comes with a fender badge and warranty. (You may notice these rarely pop up used and for good reason, so get one while ya can...)

One final side note, if you like the way these sound new in store, you will love them after a few weeks of playing, the Ted Weber design speaker in these is absolutely wonderful and breaks in beautifully. Mine only seems to get better and better as its gets more and more hours on it.

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3.0

Great but Expensive

By kirk

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Comments about Fender '57 Custom Champ 5W 1x8 Tube Guitar Amp:

Price relationship to value is not good. Amp produces great heavy rock tone only, not versatile.

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