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Tweed Fender Champ 5E1 C-00789

2010 October 25
Tweed Fender Champ 5E1 C-00789 Front

I have some more photos to share today.  It is a 5E1 model Tweed Fender Champ with the  serial number C-00789.  This serial number puts this amp being made in late 1955.  From the serial number work done by Greg Gagliano we know that there weren’t too many 5E1 Champs made after this one in 1955.  The tube chart code is a little hard to make out in these photos.  I ran it through Photoshop and guessed at what settings would result in a clearer image.  It is not as easy as they make it look on TV.  What is my best guess as to the tube chart code?  Find out after the jump.

After slaving away in Photoshop for about 6 minutes, I was barely able to make out an EL.  This is the only combination that would make sense with this serial number.  The E represents 1955 and L represents December.  The location of the serial number, stamped into the bottom of the chassis between the tubes is a key differentiator between a 5E1 and 5F1 model Champ.  The later model 5F1 moved the serial number to right below the fuse cap on the top of the amp.

The tweed looks a little rough around the edges.  It has clearly pulled away from the cabinet in the lower left corner.  This shows us that there wasn’t a whole lot of overlap in the various panels of tweed that were used to cover the Champs.  The power cord looks like it is a modern three prong replacement.  In the photo marked “Electronics” you can clearly see the distinction between the plastic covering on the replacement power cord wires and the older cloth covered wires.   The leather handle is clearly missing and should look like this.

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