opinions on fender tweed 57 champ?

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  1. wrathfuldeity

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    Recent CL score of a Muchxs 57 champ with an old Jensen alnico 6x9...absolutely love it...best champ I've ever played; not boxy nor flubby; surprisingly loud, clear and warm and sooo responsive to the git and its knobs. No tone knob needed.

    Would also love to have a 54 octal Deluxe which to my ears is a different beast.
     
  2. bblumentritt

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    The tweed Champ was made from 1956 to 1964, pretty much unchanged as the 5F1 circuit; there's nothing special about a '57.

    I played one with a Strat, backing a singer-songwriter with an acoustic, and I loved the tone.
     
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    Have a modeller and I never stay on the 57 Tweed champ very long. Unless you are a collector you will likely not care for the thin raspy sound for very long.
     
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    I bought a new 57 champ a few months ago. I LOVE it. I had a SF vibro champ and like the tone of the 57 a lot more. Also built a 5f1 clone a few years back and while it was nice, I always wanted the fender tweed version. I feel like by the time you buy the kit, cab and speaker (or materials to build a tweed cab), you're not too far off money-wise from the genuine article. I got mine from MF for around $825 (i just asked for their best price). I usually play it at 4 with my tele and strat because of close proximity to neighbors. Cranked louder its even better. Takes my pedals real well too.
     
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    You run that as a small gig rig or small practice room rig?
    I've got both amps and now I'm tempted to try that as a gig rig but most of the time my tweed deluxe is too much power as it is. Not sure if a champ would add any actual volume though. No shortage of mids in that situation!
     
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    Hey Gobi-I have done either- but mainly for band practice and jams. The champ doesnt add volume really- but it is way into overdrive so it a lead thing or a thickener when used with the 5E3-although I usually us one or the other not both on at once. Using them with an ABY for me lets me enjoy what I like best about each amp.
     
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    Looked at and played one alongside the PRRI, the tweed one with the 12" Cannibis Rex, and it seemed like for the same money I could have spring reverb and trem, and be able to play it out, why was it even a question? Yeah, sure, hand wired has some old school allure, but let's not fool our selves, there's no real magic there, just a bored employee with a soldering iron thinking about the weekend, same as all the other assembly line employees, (Who do a great job on those Princetons by the way).
     
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    the 57 champ and the reissue princton reverb are as similar in sound as a les paul and a tele. I keep the princton in the LR and there is nothing that sounds like it clean with a touch of verb-magic sound. But it doesnt sound anything like a tweed champ on 12, which is also magical! If one had to choose a single amp, the princeton would be a fine and likely better choice as it is flexible.
     
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