Fender Tweed Champ Reissue

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  1. chet again

    chet again Tele-Meister

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    There was a hand wired Fender Tweed Champ at a store last week for $999.00. Has anyone played through one yet? How does it sound?

    I may try it out just for the fun of it this week.
     
  2. Dacious

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    I had the EC version with tremolo. It was brilliant. The Fender Special Design speaker is a Weber signature flat cone alnico that suits the amp.

    It sounded great. I was using it micc'd up for gigs. Really pokey.
     
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    Looking forward to your impressions if you do.

    My local store is bringing one in for me to try, waiting for it to arrive.
     
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    I have never played that specific model. All I know is that 5F1s are magical little boxes for home and (hear! hear!) band playing. Never again without one.
     
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    I had SF Champ at the same time - the 5F1 is looser, woodier and raunchier sounding. There's still headroom up to 6 with a Tele or Strat.
     
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    Haha... I know all the cork sniffers are going to turn up their noses, but for US$150 this little 5F1 clone is awesome.
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    The 8" Celestion sounds great but I made a new baffle with a 10" Jensen and it drops straight into the cab, easily.
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    That's $1400 AUD . I think that's a lot to pay for two tubes ( valves) and a rectifier, output transformer, speaker and cabinet. I think for that wattage I'd build my own. JMHO.
     
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    For a decent cabinet, finish and component you won't pay much less new. I bought and sold the EC for $au800-850.
     
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    Okay Dacious my best mate and guitar playing friend, was an aeronautics technician. We can build an amp for less than $500 and a friend , who is a carpenter and wanted to join my guitar building business when it was active, could build the cabinet. I'm not fussed about a Tweed finish, or I could order one from Mojotone. All up, we don't want to pay more than $500 AUD for a small 5 Watt Champ amplifier. JMHO
     
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    P.S. dacious check out Youtube Smurfusmaximus on building a Mojotone Champ. Simples.
     
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    I did. It was weird not having a tone control.
    But, did ok., maybe not $1k, but nice.
     
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    I am also looking forward to your thoughts on the amp!
     
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    I have one. It is nice, although I am not sure it is 1000 nice either. For me it works, I only play at home and the lower wattage lets me have fun with the tube breakup, the 5 watts is more than enough for my environment and I do like the sound it brings. For the cost though, I sometimes feel strange when I pass on it and play out of my 4 watt vox. I do look forward to purchasing some pedals for it, I want to put an overdrive in front to push the breakup sound earlier.
     
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    Deleted. Read wrong.
     
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    38F0038C-0D56-4AB5-A94E-B3B4F9860422.jpeg I love my little overpriced Fender 57 Custom Champ. That said...
    • I paid way less than $999 for it (buy used)
    • Its kinda idiotic that they tout that it comes with a 12ay7 preamp tube which was “what the original design called for”. The classic tweed champ tone calls for a proper 12ax7.
    • It sounds best when its at ear level and in your face - put it on a stool or stand.
    • It’s LOUD for 5 watts, but unless it’s mic’d you really can’t gig with it
    • The Weber Sig8 alnico speaker is perfectly voiced for this amp - someone at Fender got it right
    • Yes, you can buy or build a clone for much less... you are paying for the name. But it’s cool to own a “real” Fender Champ vs a clone
    Hope this helps!
     
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    Champs through bigger cabinets and speakers (4x12) can blow your mind. I can't see $1000 for one, but I'm also driving a 2001 pickup. It's all relative. ;-)
     
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    Funny, with my '64 Vibro Champ, I never touch the amp controls.

    Only my guitar and Strymon Flint.....
     
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    Muchxs version of a 57 champ, a CL score...stole for 3 Bennies and just plug in to a larger cab

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