Transition Fender Champ 5F1 C-22818
I’ve got photos of another great transition model Fender Champ. These are known as Transition models because they straddle Fender’s transition away from tweed cabinet coverings to black tolex. This particular Champ is serial number C-22818. Dating this amp by its serial number tells us it was manufactured in late 1964. For a more accurate manufacture date, we need to look at the two letter tube chart code. On this amp, the tube chart code is NH which stands for August 1964. There were only about another 200 or so Champs made in this style before the complete redesign into the blackface style and switch to a new serial number scheme. This is among the last 5F1 Champs made. For additional examples of late model 5F1s you can check out C-22845 and C-22872.
This amp is in great condition and has some sweet candy. You can see that it has a dust cover and the original envelope that contained a warranty card, owner’s manual and schematic diagram. The cover photo of the owner’s manual is classic mid-1960′s. The title “How to enjoy your new Fender custom-engineered amplifier” is a riot. I think it should have been “How to listen to a record player in the middle of a studio recording session,” but maybe that’s just me.