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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 recordings. A wide variety of playable tones inhabit this hand-wired performer—from crisp, classic cleans to naturally compressed overdrive that responds remar...  Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

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
  • Protective cover included
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Fender'57 Custom Champ 5W 1x8 Tube Guitar Amp
 
4.2

(based on 6 reviews)

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (3)
  • Portable (3)
  • Warm / comfy (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (3)
  • Home studio (3)
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(16 of 17 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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(2 of 32 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Great but Expensive

By kirk

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice tone...

By SQJ

from Yonkers, NY

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

  • Limited Functions

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

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

I actually had this amp before but I sold it, the previous one had a rattling sound around volume of 5 and was overwhelmingly bassy, the bass drowned out the other frequencies but it was a great sounding amp. I purchased a different amp with bass and treble controls but it didn't sound good like the Champ. So I decided to get the Champ again and planned on getting a equalizer for it. So far with this one I don't need an equalizer. The bass is less powerful but good enough, it gets stronger as the volume is increased but it doesn't sound unbalanced with the other frequencies. This Champ volume actually increases all the way to 12 while the previous one maxed out at 9 and didn't change when turned pass 9. It's only about 15 pounds too. I haven't taken it out to rehearsal as of yet but so far at home I'm pleased with the sound. I'm surprised how much different it is from my previous Champ sound wise. The other Champ has a newish yellow looking tweed and the speaker was royal blue. It was so cute the new one has a darkish yellow tweed and a black speaker, this one actually looks like a vintage Fender Amp, like a NOS model. It has that classic Fender clean and full sound that I like. It's a great amp. I would recommend it and it's like owning a piece of history.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Quality Control Issues!

By Louie

from Virginia

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

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

    I had to send my first one back due to a buzz that only happened when plugged into input 1. After receiving the second one it also had a buzz except this one sounded like something vibrating inside of the amp whereas the other one sounded like a wiring issue. In addition, the bottom panel of the new amp is slightly warped so it rocks a little when sitting on a hard surface. I am not impressed with quality control which is really a bummer considering the price point of these amps. These were obviuos issues that upon inspection these amps should have never been shipped out.

     
    5.0

    Hear It To Believe It

    By Andrew

    from New York, NY

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • Expensive

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Jamming
    • Practice

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

    The most soulful amp I have ever owned, one of the 3 best amps I have ever heard (Ampeg Reverb Rocket and Vox AC30 being the other two). It sounds so sweet that it demands you become a better player. Such a joy to play, you won't be disappointed. The only drawback is that it costs a month's rent. But, man, it's sweet. You have to sit and play it to believe it.

    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Good things come in small packages!

    By Robert

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

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

    Fantastic tones from a small, neighbor-friendly package. Expensive, but worth it.

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