1981 Fender Champ Custom Blackface

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About This Listing

Here is a custom amp I had put together. Originally it was a 1981 Fender Champ. These were built during the "Rivera Era" of Fender that brought enhancements and a new line of amps to the Fender brand. This was also the same year they went back to using a black faceplate. They are unique in the fact that Fender still used their 1960s "Blackface" wiring layout even though it was the beginning of the 1980s. The only difference between these and the earlier Champs was the materials used inside but schematically they are virtually the same. I even went so far as to buy a reproduction 60s faceplate to make it appear more nostalgic. I bought the cabinet from a well known boutique amp builder here in Southern California. This cab is lacquered blonde just like a Telecaster guitar. You can see the grain from the pine cabinet underneath the translucent lacquer. It was professionally done and looks nothing short of awesome. Another guy in Hollywood buttoned it all up for me. As you can see from the photos the amp has been modified over the years. Around this time Fender came out with the Champ II which had two preamp tubes. This is why I believe there is an extra hole. I am not sure if this amp started it's life as a Champ II but the serial number on the chassis dates to 1981. It is also wired as a standard Champ. Some of the caps and resistors are newer as is the output transformer. The power tranny looks original. The vintage RCA tubes I have are NOS and the Ruby is only lightly used. It has a brand new Jensen Special Design speaker. This amp was only powered on during testing and never played for long durations. 

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This item is sold As-Described and cannot be returned unless it arrives in a condition different from how it was described or photographed. Items must be returned in original, as-shipped condition with all original packaging.

Product Specs

Listeda month ago
ConditionVery Good (Used)
Very Good items may show a few slight marks or scratches but are fully functional and in overall great shape.learn more
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