1959 Fender Tweed Champ
Big Sounds In A Small Package
The ability of the Champ to deliver astonishingly big sounding overdrive sounds is second to none and the tweed models from the 1950’s are especially popular in this regard.
This amplifier dates from 1959 and just oozes that old school cosmetic charm and superior tone that is only possible with a genuine vintage amplifier.
1959 Fender Tweed Champ – Can you really get big guitar sounds from a small amp? Well the answer is a resounding yes and some of the most famous guitar tones ever recorded have been created through small tube amps turned up loud.
When Eric Clapton was laying down his guitar parts for the ‘Layla’ album, he reportedly turned to a 3 watt tweed Fender Champ for many of his main guitar tones and likewise, slide legend Joe Walsh used the very same model of amplifier for his famous ‘Rocky Mountain Way’ bottleneck solo in 1973.
The ability of the Champ to deliver astonishingly big sounding overdrive sounds is second to none and the tweed models from the 1950’s are especially popular in this regard. First introduced by Fender in 1948, the Champ had the lowest power output and simplest circuit of any of the Fender tube amps and quickly became a studio favourite for recording.
This amplifier dates from 1959 and just oozes that old school cosmetic charm and superior tone that is only possible with a genuine vintage amplifier. Clean tones are bright and colourful, as you expect from a Fender and switching pickups on a Strat offers up plenty of tonal variety for even the most discerning tone hound.
The real surprise though is the amount of gloriously rich overdrive you can obtain from this amp and if you switch to a humbucker equipped guitar you’ll be playing classic rock/blues riffs for hours. Interestingly, aside from guitar players this would make an excellent blues harp amp as many harmonica players have found over the years.
The amp is clearly well worn but in our view this simply adds to the vintage attraction. It just looks fabulous. There’s no fake ‘relic’ finish here, this is the real deal. The amp has been fully serviced and is ready to adorn your next studio session or home recording with endless classic guitar tones. Just ask Eric or Joe.
Fender Champ Features
- Chrome control panel top facing Oxblood with gold stripe grille cloth
- Black chicken head volume knob
- Cabinet mounted Fender Fullerton script logo
- Diagonal tweed cabinet covering
- 5 watts output, single 4 Ohm speaker
- Preamp Tube:12AX7 Power Tube: 6V6GT
- Bias: Cathode Rectifier:5Y3GT
- Brown leather handle