Fender Champion 600 Serial Number 2844
We have Fender Champion 600 serial number 2844 today. We are a little light on photos but still wanted to show off this great amp. The serial number places this Champion 600 as being manufactured in about 1951. This amp has a non-origianl handle, all of its capacitors have been replaced and weak solder joints have been reflowed.
It is interesting to note that 1951-52 look like pretty big years in the life of the Fender Champ. If you look at the distribution of serial numbers (1700-5500), it looks like about 3,800 Champs were manufactured in these years averaging about 1900 a year. Based on serial numbers alone, these are pretty big years of this particular model of the Fender Champ and a big jump from making 400 in 1950 and 500 in 1953. Now in all fairness, 1953 was a transition year from the two tone style cabinet to the tweed cabinet (1100 made), so that is not quite a straight up comparison as the old style two tone TV front was phased out for the tweed version. I don’t want to read too much into these serial numbers but I thought it was interesting. One of the greatest amplifiers of all time seems to be getting its legs around this time. I’m going to go out on a limb and extrapolate that this was happening across the board for Fender at this time as there was a nice jump in Fender’s manufacturing capacity in 1953.
Photos appear courtesy of Cream City Music.