NAD. 57 Champ reissue

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  1. Coyoteaz

    Coyoteaz TDPRI Member

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    Picked this up today. What a great sounding little amp! Nails that Derek and the Dominos sound. Can't wait to see what it sounds like when the speaker gets broken in. Very surprising how well it takes pedals as well. I put a Way Huge Overrated in front of it. Sounds great!
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    I have all the sounds I need covered... For now!
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  2. WYfish

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    congrats! these are great
     
  3. JDRNoPro

    JDRNoPro Friend of Leo's

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    Congrats on your new Champ!

    5F1 Champs are lot of fun, and while the overdriven sound is most commonly noted, they are also capable of really nice cleans and lots of delicious tones in between. The little Champ is a lot more than a one trick pony IMO.

    Enjoy!
     
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    Congratulations Coyoteaz!

    What a great amp! You won't be disappointed.
    I purchased mine five or six weeks ago and my only regret is not buying one sooner.
     
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    This gives me GAS. I'm gonna try to stay strong here. Looking away now.
     
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    Congrats on your new 57 Champ Reissue!

    I really wanted to like this amp. When I finally got to play one I was surprised by how small it was. It looked like a toy to me and I didn’t give it a fair test.

    I’m going to give it another listen in the future.
     
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    Fretting out Friend of Leo's

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    I like your new champ but..
    Is that a silver jubilee? How do you like that amp can it get decent clean tones?
     
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  8. Coyoteaz

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    Ok cleans at best. That's what the Deluxe Reverb it's for! It has a great crunchy tones though.
     
  9. Chunkocaster

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    Congrats, very cool amp. I got a poor mans champ a few days ago, the Joyo sweet baby.
    I was impressed with the sounds out of that too. Yours must sound even better. I wish I got a champ decades ago. Been missing out on a lot of fun.
    I like the cleans on mine, nice and fat sounding but still has some chime.
     
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  10. muchxs

    muchxs Doctor of Teleocity

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    That's a Custom, isn't it?
     
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    Nice !

    Several years back Ms. darkwaters and I were twacking around Steve's in Montreal when I spotted one. Ms. looked at me as we were leaving and asked "Aren't you going to buy that cute little amp?" "No." says I. "I have enough amps." Doh! :(
     
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    Can you carry a Champ on a flight? Wondering if it would be within carry on size and weight allowances?
    I think they are a bit under 10kg depending on speaker.

    I just checked and it seems the size is within the limits for overhead storage.
    Very cool, the weight might be over but I've had more than 10kg stuffed in a backpack before and carried that on with no questions asked.
     
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  13. Treehouse

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    are not all the champ reissues “custom”?
     
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  14. muchxs

    muchxs Doctor of Teleocity

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    The '57 Custom isn't exactly a tweed Champ reissue. The fuse is re- located to the bottom of the chassis to accommodate a bat style power switch where the fuse would normally be. That in turn facilitates the full range of the volume pot. The integral power switch negates settings below "3" on a vintage Champ.

    Biggest change although there are a few more... the Custom uses a 12AY7 in V1 rather than a vintage 5F1's 12AX7. I'm guessing Fender did that because stock 5F1s tend to get loose when driven. They don't "take pedals" as well as the Custom.

    Overdrive pedals are redundant with a stock 5F1.
     
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    ahh, so it’s “custom” just like the new blues junior version is “updated circuitry” compared to my “limited edition” “NOS” ‘07 blues junior. Fender, you keep on saying these words... I don’t think they mean what you think they mean.


    And I Didn’t know about the volume knob issue, erm, I mean “vintage charm”.
     
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    Nice amp collection!
     
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  17. Coyoteaz

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    Yep
     
  18. KelvinS1965

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    I do love the look of those 57 Champs...I missed out on a deal of a B stock one a while back and kick myself for not jumping sooner. Similar to Chunkocaster; I bought the Fame version, which I do love, but it's not as nice looking and probably doesn't sound as good as yours either.

    We have pretty much the same choice of amps, except my Mini Jubilee is the head version and my Deluxe is the '64 CDR, though I no longer have the Blackstar. :) They cover a lot of ground between them all though and the Champ is so handy to take out to places where you don't need loads of volume (or can be miked up): I use mine for open mics and it's plenty loud enough in the pubs I tend to play at.
     
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    Crobbins Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    Congrats.
     
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  20. highgreenchilly

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    I’d tried one and loved it. Congratulations on a great amp. I hope to get one someday!
     
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