Tweed Fender Champ 5F1 C-16558
I’ve got another great looking vintage Fender Champ today for your enjoyment. It is a 5F1 model and its serial number is C-16558.
Trying to estimate the manufacturing date of this amp by its serial number tells us it was made towards the end of 1961. I don’t have a photo of the two letter tube chart code which would give us a month of manufacturing.
We do have a photo of the speaker code which is 465-126. Read on to find out how to determine the age of one of these vintage speakers.
The first three numbers on a Fender speaker code correspond to the manufacturer. The fourth digit is the year (a second digit was added here later to help distinguish between 50′s, 60′s and 70′s), and the final two correspond to the week. The 465 tells us this is an Oxford speaker. The 1 we can assume is for 1961 since it would be some what odd for a speaker from 1951 to be in this amp. The 26 tells us this was made in the 26th week of the year. This makes sense with our late 1961 serial number.
This amp is in overall pretty good condition. The tweed has held up great over the years with no visible tears or fraying at the corners. The caps are all original, the handle is in great shape and the power cord looks like the original gray two prong type. The chrome chassis shows significant pitting on the surface.