80’s Fender Champ?

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  1. tah1962

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    OK price. Can't tell if it's from the 80s, though. If any Champs were silver face in the 80s, it would have been 1980-81 at best, as Fender stopped making the original BF design after that.

    CL and FB occasionally will come up less. But that's about typical asking price for SF Champs.

    EDIT: 82 was last year, according to fenderguru

    http://fenderguru.com/amps/champ/
     
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    Looks pretty good. Only thing is the dirty grill cloth which got some moisture and grunge. That can be cleaned and if not, replaced.
     
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    Looks neat! That's a fair price for a champ. Also look reverb and see if they can pricematch.
     
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    Looks kinda nasty. Like it might have spent some time on a damp floor or in an inch or two of water. I'd be wary.
     
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    I think that’s too much for that dirty boy.
     
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    The SF 70's should be about $350. $400 maybe. Took me a long time to get rid of my '71 with original speaker and Emi 820H, with a recent cap job, Got $350 finally to get it out of here.
     
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    Maybe figure out your top dollar price, and bring cash. My guess is that they've got some latitude on used items.
     
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    At $499, I'd wait for a better one to come along.

    The good news... it's no later than '79.

    The bad news... they had a beaverboard cabinet after '77 or so. That stuff is made of sawdust. It turns back into sawdust if it's been damp.
     
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    I don't know a thing about prices, but the staining of the bottom doesn't look like "dirty old amp" to me, it looks like "basement flooded." That's not something I would want anything to do with.
     
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    For reference I picked up this 1980 about 3 years ago for $400.00. I dont throw around the word "mint" often but this one's mint, with all its paperwork. Don't let the 1980 year scare you, this sounds as good as any champ I've owned.
     
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    Wow! That’s what I’m talking about. I’m in no hurry so I’m going to hold out for one in better condition, like yours. You scored big time on that Champ!
     
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    Also 1980. Super clean, 500€, sounds absolutely fantastic.
     
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    Awesome! Hopefully I can find one out there in similar condition for a good price. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Ime, a 1980 Champ would have a BF faceplate as Fender went back to the BF cosmetics for the last two years of production for the ‘classic’ BF/SF amps. Maybe an early 1980 would still be a SF?? Or...did the .champ not go BF???


    the paperwork here has the serial number for your amp, Sam. That amp has a 1978 serial number. In 1976, Fender instituted a serial number system that 8ncluded the heavy. The A followed by 6 digits is such a number. The A indicates 197x while the first digit following the A is the year.....so you amp is from 1978. In 1980, the letter changed to an F, and the second digit would be the specific year from the 1980s. F0xxxxx would be 1990. So, if a person has a Fender from 1976 through 1989, the serial number tells the story.....tis is unlike any Fender amp before or since in that the serial number meant nothing as to the dat of production as concerned Fender. We have a serial number chart now due to the hard work of a group of people who gather3d, collated and analyzed a mass of data and correlated the date codes and tube chart stamps to create that serial number chart.
     
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    i don't get the price climb these things have been experiencing the past few years. they just aren't worth that kind of coin.
     
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    Maybe it's the fluid and highly subjective definition of the word "vintage."
     
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    You might understand the prices if you tried to build one. Then they are worth that kind of coin.

    Chassis and faceplates are over $100.

    Add another $100 for transformers.

    Might as well round our numbers to $100 for amp guts. That's probably a little light if we're buying tubes.

    $200 for a cabinet.

    $50 for a speaker.


    You can buy a POS for a little less and something gold plated for a little more.
     
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    In my experience five hundred is a fair price for a champ ONLY if it's in good working condition. If you're gonna have to put money into it, I wouldn't pay five hundred.
     
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