Few amps have been in the Fender family longer or in more varied forms than the venerable Champ.Small but mighty, it has delighted, inspired and surprised guitarists since 1948 as an indispensable practice amp and prized recording amp, which means that for well more than half a century now, nothing beats a Champ. The first in the long-running Champ line, it was a 4-watt amp with a single 8” speaker, three tubes, and an angled rear control panel with two inputs and a single volume control, all in a diminutive “TV-front” pine cabinet covered in greenish tweed linen adorned with a leather handle and Fender-logo nameplate. The even-smaller Champion 600 replaced the 800 in mid-1949, with identical circuitry but a smaller 6” speaker and two-tone brown and white textured vinyl covering.It’s unknown if the tweed covering was a mistake (“Oops, I thought this was a 4x10 Bassman cabinet that I was covering”) or intentional, perhaps as a special order.
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Electronic components such as transformers, potentiometers, speakers, and some capacitors are often stamped with a date code, which indicates the manufacturer and the manufacturing date.
The code follows the format: = a number from 1 - 52 indicating the week of manufacture.
These are marked with EIA code “606” which is the company number for Schumacher.
Well, this universal “truth” was debunked when we found a bunch of amps with transformers made by the Better Coil and Transformers company.The following chart, was originally printed in VG magazine, by Gerald Weber.If you see any data that is not listed here or notice any errors, for 1970’s and earlier Fender amps, please send us an email and we will update the chart.A souped-up version with reverb and a lead channel, the Super Champ, also appeared in 1982, as did the special-edition Super Champ Deluxe, which featured an Electro-Voice speaker, solid oak cabinet, special grille cloth and lacquer finish.None of the 1982 Champ models survived long, however; the Champ II lasted only a year and the Super Champ disappeared in 1986 after CBS sold Fender in 1985.It was a fight he took to bravely and with great dignity, knowing the inevitable outcome, which came peacefully and while he was surrounded by his immediate family.