NAD - Fender 57 Custom Champ

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  1. RYAN1987M

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    NAD - Fender 57 Custom Champ

    I’ve had the Champ for about two weeks now and I’m absolutely thrilled with it!

    I’m having a blast plugging straight into the Champ and think that it sounds fantastic. I’m still in the process of breaking in the speaker, but it sounds very nice already (and I’m sure it’ll only continue to sound better as time goes on). I really enjoy the clean tones with all of my Telecasters and it’s definitely fun to get natural drive by setting the amp to 6 or 7 (out of 12). The sound is fairly distorted at that point and it sounds incredible. It sounds fine dimed (very loud!) but I think it sounds better, and still plenty crunchy, when the Champ is set below 8 (out of 12).

    The real surprise to me is how great the amp sounds at about 4 (out of 12) – the cleans really are inspiring. I don’t find the amp boxy-sounding in the least. In fact, when I’ve plugged in my pedals, I’ve not felt the need to engage reverb. And I think the natural EQ’ing of the amp is spot-on. I do have the amp raised off the ground, on a wooden end table, and have the open back of the cabinet about a foot away from a corner.

    Perhaps shallowly, I was on the lookout for a small Fender amp covered in tweed. I was looking at the Fender Pro Junior IV and the Fender 57 Custom Champ. Although they’re nothing alike, I personally felt that the quality – both sound and build – of the Champ exceeded the Pro Jr enough to justify the cost of the Champ.
     
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    it looks like a baby wolverine. don't get your fingers too close.
     
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    I recently bought a Chinese made clone of the Champ and I'm amazed at the sounds I get from it, so I can only imagine how good the proper Fender version is. I almost caved in and bought a B Stock one for £850 (UK new price is around £1,100), but missed it. Seeing your pictures makes me wish I'd been a bit quicker...
     
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    They have a great tone.
    It always pi**ed me off that this little 5 watt amp cost so much.
    If I'm going to shell out that much money it has to be around 50 watts to make me feel like it was worth it.
     
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    Very nice! Last fall, CL score of a Muchxs version of a 57 champ...wish it was tweeded...but absolutely love and really it lets the character of the guitar shine through.
     
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    I tried a Champ-a-like, and fell in love with the sound. Volume set on the verge of breakup, and control it from the guitar. It's some kind of aural heaven. A visceral tone monster.
    I couldn't afford the Fender, wanted a head unit over a combo anyway, so I built one. Two valves, two transformers ( solid state rectifier in mine ), a volume control and two 10" speakers. I may want more, but I sure as heck don't need it.
    You'll get many hours of pleasure from it. You'll discover sounds you didn't know you could make, and you'll smile. Oh yes, you'll smile.
     
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    I love my Champ, aka " the BEAST ", seen here here with it's big brother, the Harvard and one of the tele's.....Champs rule!!! I always feel sorry for the folks that don't enjoy them, " boxy sounding??? ", not mine!!! I hope you get as much enjoyment from your Champ as I do with mine!!!! Welcome to the club!!!
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    I've got a Deluxe and I agree about the settings. I find my favorites are around 4 for clean (depending on the guitar!), and around 8 or 9 for dirt.

    Around 4 these old tweed circuits really let the personalities of the instruments come through. A Strat, Tele, and LP are wildly different.

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    Champs rule, and that’s a beaut!!! Enjoy.


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    Haha... can never have enuf tweed.
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