So I finally bought into the hype and ordered a Fender '57 Custom Champ from Sweetwater for about $1,000 dollars. Was pretty familiar with tweed amps and what these Champs do and don't do, so I wasn't buying it expecting to hear a blackface deluxe reverb or anything. I have to say, I spent about ten minutes with it and hated every one of them. Guitars I used: Gibson ES335 with 57 classics, Amercian Standard Strat, Custom shop telecaster, Gibson Les Paul, full hollowbody Ibanez Artcore with upgraded seymour duncan '59s. A pretty wide range of all basic blues and rock guitar types. Verdict: The low volume cleans sound very unremarkable, like pretty much any other amp. Gets very dirty and tweedy quick, but the lack of any tone controls on the amp made it sound a lot duller and muddier than I prefer on every guitar, even on the bridge pickups. The overdrive gets pretty thick, but theres barely any clarity with your notes. I plugged in my blackface Pro Junior next to it, an amp I haven't really ever been in love with, and it smoked it. I know its a little bigger of an amp (15 watts and 10" speaker). With the tone control, I could get some better sounding overdrive with much more string clarity and chime. I have a Pignose and honestly I like the breakup on that thing more than the Champ and it costs 1/10th of the price. Of course that little thing has a fraction of the volume so it has more limited uses, but for the tiny small wattage amp overdrives, I actually prefer even the pignose. The Champ is also surprisingly louder than I expected. It wasn't a deal breaker for me, but for a recording/bedroom amp, its a little louder than I would prefer and given the 8" speaker, its kind of one of those uselessly loud amps (as is the Pro Junior) where its a little too loud for solo/bedroom, but doesnt have the balls to cut through a mix with other people. I thought I would love the tweed overdrive but honestly it was just muddy and I got the impression that this would have been great way to get overdrive back before stompboxes and you just need any amp you can crank up without blowing out your house windows. I think this amp, while once great, is pretty obsolete now with all the better options. Plus, used Champs run well over $700 and you can pick up a used Pro Jr. for $350-ish all day long. This amp is grossly overpriced; I do love the old school turret board components for serviceability but its not worth the price. I know the speakers are supposed to have a break-in period, but having owned many amps, there's never been one where I bought it and hated it before the speakers got broken in. It could improve the sound some but I am still returning it. Anyway, was disappointed and wanted to offer a viewpoint other than the typical 'Champs are amazing' line.