Fender Champ 5-Watt Vintage Blackface Guitar Combo Amp


The "Blackface"-era Fender Champ, a small 5-watt guitar combo amp, was produced from 1963 - 1967 and has long been a beloved recording amplifier for both guitar and harmonica. A single 6V6 tube running in Class-A pushes an 8" speaker in the Champ Amp to its limits, producing a mammoth tone when mic'd up close. The Blackface amps saw a couple electrical revisions before and after the CBS buyout, but by-and-large the Champ amps of this era produce an amazing sound thanks to their brilliant, simple circuit design.

Product Specs

  • Champ
  • Blackface
  • 1964 - 1967
Made In
  • United States

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Reviews for the Fender Champ 5-Watt Vintage Blackface Guitar Combo Amp
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  • Tone

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    No matter where it is used, this amp will sound really good. Throughout its entire run from 1964 to 1983, the AA764 Champ circuit was never changed, and the Silverface Champ has the same circuit as the Blackface Champ. No need to fix what ain't broke. If this amp was a new amp just being introduced …

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  • Amazing tone!

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    I'll admit the amp sounded crackly and weak before I changed out the filter can cap, bypass caps (Atoms), cleaned the pots, and put in a new 700 ohm cathode resistor to adjust for modern wall voltage. The amp was biasing at 44ma and red-plating with tubes that were not old stock USA verities (even …

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