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Tweed Fender Champ 5F1 C-02499

2010 May 22

We have another great Fender Champ today, a 5F1 model with the serial number C-02499.  This serial number tells us this amp was made in 1956.  We can see the tube chart stamped code is FH, meaning this amp was made in August of 1956.  This one has quite a colorful history.  It was given to the current owner by his uncle in about 1980.  His uncle purchased it in Memphis, Tennessee when he was playing electric mandolin in the 1950s.  It had been sitting in a barn for quite a while and the speaker and handle literally turned to dust.  They both have been replaced.  Some additional work has been done over the years too.  Looks like the capacitor attached to the fuse is a replacement and the cord is a replacement lamp cord.  The tweed covering was also replaced due to an excited labrador puppy thinking it was a chew toy.  If you look closely at the photo of the logo, I swear you can see teeth marks!

The current owner tells us this amp sounds great and he plans on using it for harmonica with his group The Porch Rockers (from Pontotoc), MS.

Tweed Fender Champ C 02499 Front

Tweed Fender Champ C 02499 Front

5 Responses leave one →
  1. Jim stewart permalink
    May 24, 2010

    Good looking amp. Yes, I think I do see teeth marks! That is neat. How loud do you play your champs? Have you ever turned them way up to wake your neighbors?! hahah, yes, I have done that several times in the past. My neighbor that lives below me really does not like my electric violen playing. I added an extra speaker to my champ, so it really cranks it up loud. Anyways, I once played very loudly at about 2am, and my neighbor called the police. hahaha. What a hoot! These champs are great. I once brought one camping and I had a generator along so I could power up my amp. It was not a very good night because I forgot my electric violen? Can you believe it? I went through all this trouble to bring a generator and my champ amp and I forgot my violen. What a total bummer. We ended up having to sing camp fire songs without a musical instrument. I guess that is one half of the fun of camping right? Anyways. Neat amp. And remember, play as loud as you want or go home! Thats my motto. Neat site and I look forward to future posts.

  2. MyFenderChamp permalink
    May 25, 2010

    I usually play in that sweet spot between about 4 and 7. Just when it starts breaking up. Oh yeah, I’ve cranked up my Champ full volume to give the neighbors a bit of a rattle. Not hard to do in a Chicago condo! It really is amazing how loud these little buggers get. Play loud or go home, indeed!

  3. Donny Roye permalink
    May 27, 2010

    I don’t really have any problem at all with bothering the neighbors since I live out in the country. The neighbors I do have would probably just want to come over and join the party anyway! I’ve never tried connecting an external speaker to this Champ but I may in the future. I mostly play one of my son’s guitars through it (usually the Strat). And like the guy from Chicago said there is a sweet spot a little over halfway up that’s really nice. If you have any effects to add, like a little bit of delay for instance, this thing is hard to beat! Like the article says I also plan on using this for harmonica, but the SM-58 mic I have doesn’t seem to drive it hard enough. I’ve seen videos of guys using the Bullet mics that seem to do that. I wonder if they have a higher output than the 58s?

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