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Transition Fender Champ 5F1 C-20739

2010 May 26
by Jason Isadore
Fender Champ C-20739 Front

We have a transition model 5F1 Fender Champ today, serial number C-20739.  These are known as transition models because they have the same cabinet build as tweed covered Champs (top facing controls and a chrome chassis instead of front facing controls of later models), but they feature the newer black Tolex covering that Fender was using on its other amps during this time.  This serial number puts this amp as being a late 1963 model.  The tube chart code is ML which means this amp was manufactured in December 1963.

This amp has had its capacitors and speaker replaced and it looks like the power cord is new as well.  This amp features an interesting item that I haven’t seen before – a black vinyl dust cover.  This amp recently sold for $862.

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