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Tweed Fender Champ – C 08758 New in Box

2010 April 14

You read that right.  What we have featured today is a vintage 1958 tweed Fender Champ in amazing condition, still in its original shipping box.  From this box, we can see that it is serial number C 08758.  Dating this amp by serial number alone puts this amp as being manufactured at the tail end of 1958 and makes it a 5F1 model.  We were gifted this incredible photo by Terry Foster, one of the authors of Fender: The Golden Age 1946-1970. Check out this blog on what went into producing the book.  It has been recently updated with lots of great teaser photos.  Amazing stuff and it is on my wish list for when it publishes later this spring.

I don’t even now where to begin this is such an amazing find.  To see a vintage amp in pristine condition, complete with its original box, is almost too much to comprehend!

Tweed Fender Champ C 08758 with box

Tweed Fender Champ C 08758 with box

5 Responses leave one →
  1. April 14, 2010

    That is an amazing find. Man you read about this kind of thing but how cool would that be to have a grandpa just pull an old box out of the closet with a vintage amp in it.

  2. April 15, 2010


    There are more of these out there than you think (mostly tucked away in collections). I believe dealers sold a lot of amps in boxes and people kept them in the box when they weren’t using them and some lost interest and thus these mint gems appear…

  3. June 4, 2010

    Today we have a 5F1 model tweed Fender Champ, serial number C 10856.  This serial number puts this amp as being manufactured in 1959.  We don’t have a photo of the tube chart code which would help us at least get the month of manufacture.  But guessing from C 10805 (November), C 10416 (June), C 10584 [...]

  4. November 28, 2010

    that is beyond cool. I would definitely have to plug it in to make sure it works :P but wow i would probably cry if i found that somewhere. Awesome find

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