Vintage Fender Champ Lineup – These are the Champions!
This photo is a mind bender. If you like tweed Fender Champs like I do, then you like looking at pictures of these great vintage amps. But what we are looking at here is something that doesn’t pop up that often – one of each variant of the Fender Champ from the pre-CBS glory days of Fender. This photo appears courtesy of Terry Foster, one of the authors of Fender: The Golden Age 1946-1970. Check out their blog on what went into producing the book. Amazing stuff and it is on my wish list for this spring when it publishes.
So what are we looking at here?
Back Row, left to right
1948 Champion 800 (also known as the green tweed Champ). This is the earliest model Champ from 1948-1949.
1949 Two-tone vinyl Champion 600. These were produced from mid 1949 to 1953.
1954 Wide panel 600/5C1/5D1 wide panel cabinet with the controls still rear facing like on the two tone vinyl Champ 600 but now covered in the diagonal tweed that we all know and love. These were produced from 1953 till the switch to the narrow panel cabinet in 1955.
Front Row, left to right
1955 Champ (small box – block logo)
1955 Champ (small box – spaghetti logo)
From the Editor – I have revised this post per Terry’s comment below. My original descriptions didn’t fully appreciate the uniqueness of what was shared and I don’t want to leave them mislabeled. ~~JVI.