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Tweed Fender Champ 5C1 Serial Number 6871

2010 April 8

We have a 5C1 model Fender Champ today, serial number 6871.  This serial number tells us this amp was made some time in early 1954.  The date code stamp is a little out of focus on this great shot of the tube chart.  It looks like DA which indicated january 1954.  We are lucky enough to have a shot of the speaker code which is 395 402.  The 402 part of the code means that the speaker was made in 1954 and the 02 indicates the second week.  I haven’t been able to track down which speaker manufacturer corresponds to the 395 code, if anyone knows give me a shout.

Overall, this guitar amp looks to be in pretty decent shape.  The handle looks original but the power cord looks replaced.  The front should have a block Fender Logo.

Tweed Fender Champ 5C1 6171 Front

Tweed Fender Champ 5C1 6171 Front

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  1. February 20, 2011

    Your speaker was made by a company out of Chicago called Permaflux. This info comes from amp guru/expert Gerald Weber-
    http://tinyurl.com/4m2zjjg
    Hope this helps.

  2. February 21, 2011

    Thanks for the tidbit, John!

  3. Martin permalink
    April 22, 2011

    Excellent news, thanks. I have the same speaker in a very early 5F1 Champ (the “small box” with the 6″ speaker), and have been wondering about that code for a long time.

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