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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 i...Click To Read More About This Product

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Classic Fender tube sound in a portable package.

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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5.0

Best Sounding Amp I've Played

By Me

from Connecticut, USA

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

This amp rocks. It's pricey, but you get what you pay for. I own a Blues Junior Tweed, and this thing blows it away, so, I'm not sure what the prior reviewer was hearing. It's not overly loud, but that's the point, you can turn it all the way up, and get overdrive that no overdrive pedal, or either of my other three tube amps can replicate. There might be Champ clones out there that are less expensive, but, it's hard to judge what I'm hearing on online videos; so, that and the warranty made this worth the price to me. I recommend it.

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3.0

I would not buy this product again

By Eric

from San Juan, PR

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

I own a Fender Blues Junior. In my opinion, for half the price, you get a tube amp that's more versatile and sounds just as good, particularly if you get the tweed edition. You're paying for the history behind the amp more than anything else.

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4.0

Nicely built!

By Johnny

from Portland, Oregon

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

I Will Replace Speaker W/Celestion.

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