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Tweed Fender Champ 5C1 Serial Number 6336

2010 September 22
Tweed Fender Champ 5C1 Serial Number 6336 Front

I have another great little tweed Champ today.  This one is tweed Fender Champ serial number 6336.  It is a 5C1 model.  Dating this amp by serial number tells us it was made in late 1953.  The two letter code stamped on the tube chart, in this case CL, tells us this amp was manufactured in December 1953.

I am fortunate to have a photo of the speaker to share with you and its code – 395325.  This speaker code tells us that the speaker was made in the 25th week of 1953.  This makes sense if the amp itself was manufactured in December.  I am unsure which manufacturer corresponds to the 395 code.

It is a little beat up with a missing handle and has a large gash in the grill cloth (the result of a stray finger during a move, because of the missing handle).  The tweed looks like it is in pretty good shape with a few small tears.

There are two interesting things that I like about these photos.

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Tweed Fender Champ 5F1 C-16558

2010 September 15
Tweed Fender Champ 5F1 C-16558 Front

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.

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Fender Champion 600 Serial Number 1570

2010 August 30
by Jason Isadore
Fender Champion 600 Serial Number 1570 Front 2

I have a ton of photos for you today.  They are of Fender Champion 600 serial number 1570.  The Champion 600s featured a 6 inch speaker (this particular amp sports a Cletron speaker), about 3 watts of power, TV-front cabinet style and two tone vinyl covering.  They sported a 6SJ7 preamp tube (changing to a 12AX7 with the introduction of the 5E1 model around 1955), a 6V6 power tube and a 5Y3 rectifier tube.

Dating this amp by its serial number tells us this was made sometime in 1950.  The serial number on the Champion 600s is stamped into the metal of the chassis on the bottom, right between the tube sockets.

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1 Year and Counting!

2010 August 28
by Jason Isadore

It’s been one year since I started posting about the greatest little amp ever invented – the tweed era Fender Champ.  I’ve learned way more than I thought possible.

I’ve compiled a few of my favorite posts from the past year for your enjoyment.

In no particular order:

It’s been a grat ride and I love all your feedback.  Don’t hesitate to let me know what you think and what you’d like to see in the future.

- Jason Isadore

Tweed Fender Champ 5F1 C-04268

2010 August 16
Tweed Fender Champ C-04268 Front

I have photos of another cool little vintage Fender Champ to share today. This one is serial number C-04268.   As you probably know by now, this serial number dates this amp to about mid-1957.  The tube chart code is GD which tells us it was made in April 1957.

This particular amp is owned by Harri Koski, CEO of Mad Professor Amplification in Finland.  That’s him rocking an ES345 in the demo videos (I’ll excuse him for playing a Gibson!). Check them out, they’ve got a pretty cool vibe going with their amps. He tells me that they are working on a new amp inspired  by the Champ that is not a clone.  He says it will feature 1 x 12AX7 and 1 x 6V6 with a solid state rectifier, custom transformers and tone switch that they call Rock/Jazz. I can’t wait to hear all about it when it is ready for the world.

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Tweed Fender Champ 5F1 C-09095

2010 August 13
Tweed Fender Champ 5F1 C-09095 Front
I’ve got photos of another great vintage Fender Champ for your enjoyment today. Tweed Fender Champ serial number C-09095 is a 5F1 model Champ. This serial number tells us this amp was made in early 1959.  The tube chart code is IB which tells us that it was manufactured in February 1959.

It looks like it has its original power cord and the speaker has the City of Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety sticker on it (that orange circle).

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