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FENDER | AMPLIFIERS | CHAMP

Fender Champ amplifier

electric guitar amplifier

The Fender Champ and Vibro Champ are small practice amplifiers particularly suited for home use, and perfect for the recording studio. Although not powerful enough to keep up with a full band (i.e. drums), the Fender Champ is especially well regarded - still giving the signature Fender tube tone at practical (non gig!) volumes. They sold well and are still widely available (especially silverface examples) on the vintage market, though, as with all desirable gear, are not insignificantly priced.

Fender Champ electric guitar amplifier - front view
Fender Champ electric guitar amplifier - rear view
Fender Champ electric guitar amplifier - inputs and Fender logo
Fender Champ electric guitar amplifier - Champ logo
Model Champ Vibro Champ
Speaker 8" 8"
Power 6w 6w
Controls Volume, treble and bass Volume, treble, bass, speed, intensity
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Fender Champ 6-Watt 1x8?? Vintage Guitar Tube Combo Silverface 1978

Fender Champ 6-Watt 1x8?? Vintage Guitar Tube Combo Silverface 1978

North Hollywood, California, 916**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1029

For sale is a 1978 Fender Champ in excellent working condition. One of Fender's most famous and longest-running amps, these low-watt legends are perfect for all your vintage tube crunch needs -- a perfect fit for guitar, Champs are also famously used with clavinets, harmonicas and beyond. Simple controls, top-notch US-made components, and immaculate Fullerton build quality make this one a real gem
This amp has been fully serviced by a professional technician and is in great working ... more
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1959 Fender Tweed Champ a nice original Champ freshly serviced by Lee Jackson.

1959 Fender Tweed Champ a nice original Champ freshly serviced by Lee Jackson.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 333**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3495

This is an original 1959 Fender Tweed Champ amp 5F1 w / an original Jensen speaker dated to the 47th week of 1958. Its factory label is perfectly intact & dated ??IB?? for February 1959. The tweed covering is a bit tired mostly on its bottom side in need of some re-gluing. Its grill cloth is quite nice. The Champ is the perfect amp for those small gigs perhaps plugged into the board or to keep in your living room or office for personal enjoyment. Overall she??s in very good original ... more
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1957 Fender Champ Tweed Narrow Panel Vintage Tube Amp Class A Amazing Amp

1957 Fender Champ Tweed Narrow Panel Vintage Tube Amp Class A Amazing Amp

Valley Center, California, 920**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3000

1957 Fender Champ Tweed Narrow Panel Vintage Tube Amp Class A Amazing Amp. Selling My Treasured 57 Champ That Sounds Amazing And Has The Look Of A Well Loved Amp Has Original Transformers And Speaker Has Been Serviced With New Caps Tubes And A 3 Prong Power Cable Hate To Sell it But just Not Using It At This Time Great Recording Amp Practice Amp Or Investment Amp Ready To Just Plug In And Enjoy
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1955 Fender Champ Tweed Vintage Tube Amp, Collector-Grade w /  5D1 Circuit

1955 Fender Champ Tweed Vintage Tube Amp, Collector-Grade w / 5D1 Circuit

Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3300

Up for sale, a 1955 Fender Champ in collector-grade condition and in perfect working order with a 100% original circuit. A transitional model with a wide panel face, rear mounted control panel, 5D1 circuit, and 6" Permaflux speaker, this four watt Tweed is as simple and pure as tube amp tone gets. For Tweed era Fender bark and cut, there are few better companions than a Champ and this example has a vintage tube set to round things out
It's truly remarkable to find any vintage Fender amp with... more
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1956 Fender Champ Amp 5F1 Narrow Panel 1x8" 5W Tube Amplifier #50034

1956 Fender Champ Amp 5F1 Narrow Panel 1x8" 5W Tube Amplifier #50034

Burbank, California, 915**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3750

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1949 - 1955 Fender Brown Linen Grille Cloth Deluxe Champ Vintage Tweed Amp NOS

1949 - 1955 Fender Brown Linen Grille Cloth Deluxe Champ Vintage Tweed Amp NOS

Columbus, Ohio, 432**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$45

This is a piece of old stock Fender brown burlap linen grille cloth, cotton weave. It measures 24 by 22 inches and would work for early amps from 1949 to 1954: Champ, Princeton, Harvard, Vibrolux, and Deluxe. This will also be the correct cloth for some early 1955 Fender amps
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Grab this cloth for your Fender amp, it's the real deal.... more
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1973 Fender Champ Silverface Amplifier

1973 Fender Champ Silverface Amplifier

Gulfport, Mississippi, 395**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1000

Practically like new all originalSounds great ready to plug and Play... more
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Fender Vintage 1958 Champ Narrow Panel 5F1 1x8" Tweed Guitar Combo Amplifier

Fender Vintage 1958 Champ Narrow Panel 5F1 1x8" Tweed Guitar Combo Amplifier

Huntington Station, New York, 117**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2799

We are super proud to be able to offer this amazing vintage 1958 Fender Tweed Champ "Narrow Panel" 1x8" tube guitar combo amplifier. Serial number C06672. Letter code is HB giving it a birth date of Feb of 1958. This amazing amp puts out around 4 watts through a single 8" speaker. It is one of the best recording amps known to man. It currently has a Kendrick speaker in it but the original Oxford speaker is included (could use a re-cone) Dates to the 2nd week of 1958. This one has its original... more
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1957 Fender Champ Amplifier

1957 Fender Champ Amplifier

Farmingdale, New York, 117**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3299

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1976 Fender Vibro Champ - Guitar Amplifier All Original in Mint Condition

1976 Fender Vibro Champ - Guitar Amplifier All Original in Mint Condition

Portland, Oregon, 972**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1289

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1969 Fender Champ Amp

1969 Fender Champ Amp

Lake Havasu City, Arizona, 864**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1695

1969 Fender Champ Amplifier
All original, works amazingly
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Fender Vibro  Champ Amplifier 1975

Fender Vibro Champ Amplifier 1975

La Mesa, California, 919**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$895

Fender Vibro Champ Amplifier 1975 Used Fender Vibro Champ Amplifier 1975 all original transformers, speaker everything. Strong speaker rips of the valve tone get it here.
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1955 Fender Champ Tweed Vintage Tube Amp, 5D1 Circuit

1955 Fender Champ Tweed Vintage Tube Amp, 5D1 Circuit

Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2700

Up for sale, a 1955 Fender Champ in excellent condition and in perfect working order. A transitional model with a wide panel face, rear mounted control panel, 5D1 circuit, and 6" Permaflux speaker, this four watt Tweed is as simple and pure as tube amp tone gets. For Tweed era Fender bark and cut, there are few better companions than a Champ, and this example has a vintage tube set to round things out
The preamp is loaded with a bevy of original red "dynamite" Astron caps, and all of the ... more
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1979 Fender Champ Silverface Vintage Tube Amp Class A 1x8, Serviced

1979 Fender Champ Silverface Vintage Tube Amp Class A 1x8, Serviced

Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$800

Up for sale, a 1979 Fender Champ in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Thoroughly serviced, this Champ delivers a tone with chiming and dynamic cleans that give way to sizzling overdrive as you turn up the Volume knob. It's a perfect pint-sized Class A amplifier for studio use, and with a microphone in front of it, this amp can sound like a giant. It's hard to beat the Champ for simplicity and tonal purity
The original Schumacher transformers are intact, dating between the ... more
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Fender Vibro Champ Amp AA764 1966 - Black-EXCELLENT CONDITION

Fender Vibro Champ Amp AA764 1966 - Black-EXCELLENT CONDITION

Houston, Texas, 770**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3200

Fender Vibro Champ Amp AA764 1966 - Black-EXCELLENT CONDITION. All parts of the amplifier are original except for the metal plates on the top of the handle was replaced and the speaker was perfectly reconed. All electronics components such as resistors, capacitors, transformers , tubes, potentiometers, power light, 2 prong cord and all wirings are in original state or not replaced. No static or humming sounds when turning all potentiometers from minimum to maximum adjustments and vice versa. The... more
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Fender Champ Amp 1955 - Tweed Vintage

Fender Champ Amp 1955 - Tweed Vintage

Surprise, Arizona, 853**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3199

This is for a 1955 Fender Champ in very good condition and in perfect working order with a 100% original circuit and leather handle. I believe this has a 5D1 circuit, and 6" Perm flux speaker, this four watt Tweed is as simple and pure as tube amp tone gets. The date code of "EE" dates it to be made in May 1955. It's quite unique to find and own any vintage Fender amp with a truly pristine circuit and all components still working. The AC plug has been changed to a safer 3 prong plug and the caps... more
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1954 Permoflux 8" 4 ohm alnico speaker for Tweed Fender Champ; may need recone?

1954 Permoflux 8" 4 ohm alnico speaker for Tweed Fender Champ; may need recone?

Fairbanks, Alaska, 997**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$245


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You are buying here a 1954 Permoflux 8" 4 ohm alnico speaker for your Tweed Fender Champ or other amp. It came from a 1954 Pilot Encore mono amp / speaker / turntable unit. The number is 258431, so is Permoflux, 1954, 31st week. It measure 3 0 ohms on my meter. It may need a recone, as it rubs perhaps a little if you press it with a little force, but ... more
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Vintage Fender Champ  - Silverface Tube Guitar Amp Amplifier Clean!

Vintage Fender Champ - Silverface Tube Guitar Amp Amplifier Clean!

New Port Richey, Florida, 346**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$795

This Guitar Amp has that warm classic sound that is cherished by many guitarist and music producers. Its fully operational, no noisy controls. This amp is all original and very quiet after initial warm-up.... more
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VINTAGE 1967 FENDER VIBRO CHAMP-AMP AA764 AMPLIFIER (A18153)-TESTED & WORKING

VINTAGE 1967 FENDER VIBRO CHAMP-AMP AA764 AMPLIFIER (A18153)-TESTED & WORKING

San Francisco, California, 941**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2400

UP FOR SALE VINTAGE 1967 FENDER VIBRO CHAMP-AMP AA764 AMPLIFIER (A18153)-TESTED & WORKING
THIS ITEM IS TESTED AND IS WORKING GOOD AND SOUNDS VERY NICE. SERIAL NUMBER # A18153 I DID TEST THIS ITEM WITH AN IPOD AND I TEST BOTH INPUT'S INPUT 1 & INPUT 2 BOTH INPUT'S ARE WORKING GREAT BUT THE INPUT 2 IS MISSING THE LOCK NUT AS PICTURED. I DID NOT TEST THIS ITEM WITH A GUITAR. PLEASE WATCH THE VIDEO TO LISTEN TO THE SOUND OF THIS UNIT.
SO FAR THIS ITEM IS WORKING AND SOUNDS GREAT BUT ... more
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Fender Vibro Champ Amp 1966

Fender Vibro Champ Amp 1966

New Paltz, New York, 125**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1550

Offered for sale:
Used1966 Fender Vibro Champ Amp type AA764 serial number A 09919
This ampis in very good condition, fully functional, the speaker is a non-originalEminence Legend, the power cord had been replaced at some point but is still a 2-prong, the ??Death cap?? appears to have been replaced, the remainder is original Cosmetically showing very minor tolex separation and a minor scuff or two, overall, quite clean.
Thetube chart is stamped PC, March 1966. The transformers were ... more
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1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

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1965 Gretsch catalogThe 1965 Gretsch catalog, or catalog #32, featured 10 hollow body electric guitars, including the newly launched Gretsch Viking; four solid body electrics, including the Astro Jet - making it's only catalog appearance; just one bass, the single pickup PX6070; nine acoustics and 12 tube amplifiers. Pride of place went to the Chet Atkins Country Gentleman that adorned both the front and back covers. 24 pages, six of which are in full color.

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret endsLoose frets are especially problematic in certain old guitars, but are generally very easy to fix. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make with just a few tools, a bit of knowledge, and a little time. Fixing loose frets can eliminate fret buzz, remove sharp fret ends, and greatly improve the tone of any guitar. If your luthier bill will be greater than the value of your guitar, definitely time to have a go yourself!

1966 Hagstrom 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog (Merson USA)

1966 Hagstrom guitar catalogHagstrom guitars were distributed in the mid-1960s United States by Merson of USA. This eight page 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog, printed in two-colors contained six solid body electrics, three solid body basses, two electric acoustic guitars, two electric acoustic basses and five acoustics.

1965 Hofner President

1965 Hofner PresidentThePresidentwas produced by Hofner in Bubenreuth, Germany, specifically for Selmer, who distributed the brand in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other commonwealth nations. The President was a hollow body electric acoustic, available as a full body or thinline, and with blonde or brunette finish. It was a great playing guitar that sold fairly well in the second half of the 1950s, throughout the 1960s, and into the very early 1970s. The example shown here is a full-body depth guitar in blonde - and as a 1965 guitar, one of the last to feature the rounded Venetian cutaway. From late 1965 until 1972, the President sported a sharp Florentine cut. Naturally, such an electric acoustic suggests jazz and blues, but many of the original British Hofner President players were part of the rock 'n roll, skiffle and beat scenes of the late 50s and early 60s.

1963 1964 Fender catalog

Fender 1963 catalogue"The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere" This eight page catalogue was included as an insert in the 1963 annual "school music" issue of Downbeat magazine (September 1963). As well as keyboards and pedal steels, this catalog contains seven guitars, three basses and ten amplifiers - from student guitars such as the Musicmaster and Duotone to professional models like the newJaguar.

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manualThe newly designedLes Paul Recordingguitar was released in 1971, in many ways as an updated version of the Les Paul Professional that had debuted two years earlier in 1969. The new guitar came with a new owners manual explaining the (somewhat complicated) controls, their operation, and giving other specifications, including recommended strings, action and control settings. Compare with the broadly similar owners manual for theLes Paul Personal / Professional