Sometimes, the baby of the family has some special talents. That’s why Fender’s very low-powered ’57 Custom Champ has made a reissue-model comeback. It’s the runt of the litter, for sure, but it does one thing better than just about any other Fender amp.
Introduced way back on 1948, the Champ held down the low-power end of the Fender amp range nicely until it was discontinued in 1982.
Are you wondering why this Fender ’57 Custom Champ amp is so popular?
- It had the lowest power output and the simplest circuitry of any Fender tube amp. And that’s a claim it was proud to make.
- How low was the power? Only 5 watts.
- And why would anyone want something so puny? While it makes a nice individual practice amp, it really shines in the recording studio.
- That’s right. The Champ earns its stripes in the studio.
- The reissue model, the Fender ’57 Champ, recreates the Champ of the late 1950s, and the company positions this little guy as a must-have for any serious player who plans to spend some time in the studio.
- Decked out in the company’s finest tweed costume, the Champ is also sure to generate some conversation when you carry it into a studio filled with sleek.
- For recording, of course, the low output doesn’t really matter, but the tone and the quality of the sound do.
- Here’s how it’s usually used: Players turn the sound up as high as it will go, then they manipulate the controls on their guitar for the kind of sound they want.
- You can have something pristine and clean or bog down in heavy-duty overdrive.
- The output may be small, but the versatility is the charm.
- Players and reviewers describe the voice as reedy and complex, adjectives that go nicely in front of electric guitar sound.
- Features include a single channel, an eight-inch speaker and hand-wiring.
- The amazing thing is that you can have one of these reissue models for less than a thousand dollars — or maybe even less than that if you shop around.
- The Fender Champ and the current reissue ’57 Champ prove that Fender has learned a lesson some amateur players never have.
- It’s not all about the volume, as it turns out.
- It’s about bringing the best quality to the table.
- The Champ brings everything a recording guitarist needs — in a box that fits fine on even the smallest table.
It’s a one-trick pony, but a great trick; shamelessly expensive.
- Reissue of a 1957 Fender Champ combo amp
- Handwired construction offers the truest possible tone
- Authentic coupling capacitors used
- Special Design Weber alnico speaker
- Hand-Wired Circuitry on Eyelet Board
- Finger Joined Solid Pine Open Back Cabinet
- Brown Leather Handle
- Black Chicken-Head Control Knobs
- Red Jeweled Pilot Light
- Toggle On/Off Switch
- Red Jeweled Pilot Light
- Original Class A 5F1 circuit with newly sourced Yellow Coupling Capacitors
- One 12AY7 preamp tube matched to a classic 6V6 power amp tube
- Single 8″ 4-ohm Weber Special Design alnico speaker
- Schumacher transformers
- Includes a protective cover
Fender’57 Custom Champ guitar combo amplifier is a tribute to the classic Fender Champion 800 first introduced in 1948 — a low-wattage tube amplifier using a straightforward yet tonally beautiful amplification circuit. The Fender’57 Champ amp of this late 1950s is well-known as the small-but-mighty design system which belongs in every serious guitarist’s collection. The launch of this’57 Champ adds this iconic, one-of-a-kind item to Fender’s’57 Tweed Series.