Anyone here turned a Fender Super Champ into a head?

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  1. rockindillo

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    I'm seriously considering building a new, smaller cab to take my '83 Super Champ, so I can use it as an amp head.

    I love this little amp to death, but do find that as a 1x10 combo, the sound is rather thin and lacking in depth, wheras driving a 1x12 or 2x12 cab, it positively breathes fire and might even fill my yearning for a decent low-power amp for smaller gigs and save me splashing out on a Maz 18.

    Anyone here done this? Does anyone make a suitable box to do this? Thoughts, ideas, suggestions all welcome!
     
  2. mmorse

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    I had a Super Champ and agree with you. When I put it through my 212 or 412, it sounded MUCH better. But why not leave it as is? It's not very big as a combo. Just use it as a head. That way you always have the option as using it as a grab and go when needed and set it on top of an external cab when you want it as a head.
     
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    Those things just seem to go up in value over the years. I'd personally do as mmorse suggested and leave it as is and just run it through the cabs. I guess you could have a custom head box made for it, but really why bother?
     
  4. Navigator

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    [I guess you could have a custom head box made for it, but really why bother?[/quote]

    Because it just might be the coolest and most compact amp head you'd ever see! Seriously though, my buddy and I have been talking about the relative merits of doing this with our SCs. Small as the amp itself is, it would be that much more compact and light as a head (which matters when you gig in and around NYC). I probably won't bother myself, but I'd love to see the results if someone does it.
     
  5. johnh

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    It's not quite what you mean, but check this out. these guys re-house anything and have a Pro Jnr head.
     
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    linkage?
     
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    These Vintone guys' stuff is the nuts! Thanks for the info. Bet it'd cost a bomb to ship to the UK, though!
     
  9. FFTT

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    Doug at Vintone has customers all over the world.
    Many are studio professionals.

    His Simplex is the best improvement on a basic single ended class A
    you can find and like the Emery Sound Superbaby, allows for
    a multitude of tubes options.

    If you order from Doug, patience is a must since he has quite a few customers in waiting and he is dead set on remaining a one man operation.
     
  10. Texsunburst59

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    I think doing what you're thinking about would just kick major butt!! Do it!!
    This has been one of the best moves I've made in my amp collection. I regularly play small to large clubs and any size concert venue with no problem. I have yet to turn the volume past 5 1/2 to hear myself on stage ,and I'm wearing earplugs.By the way, the cab is loaded with Weber 8" Ceramic Blue Pup 15 watt speakers.

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  11. FFTT

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    That kit says pool party all over it, nice!
     
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    Allen amps might have some cabs that will work, check with them.....
     
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    I think it would be a waste or time and money and in the end, for the slight difference in weight and size, you would loose the convenience of a little grab and package. The thing is already light and small and you can always plug it into any cab you want. My Boogie Mark IIC+ weighs 67lbs. and my Ampeg VL 503 weighs nearly 85lbs. You have it good already.
     
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    Texsun, I've said it before and I'll say it again, that little Vibro-Champ piggyback kills!!
     
  15. Texsunburst59

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    Thanks CC, It's been hanging gig wise. It's been my main amp for a while now with no problems.For it's portability, ability to have live, and the classic Fender tone it offers me, it's hard to beat. :D
     
  16. showman(tx)

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    I did this awhile back, it's a diagonal 2x10 ...


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    What's with you Texas guys, coming up with these sick little killers?! :D

    That's a keeper, showman!
     
  18. 2555SL

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    Good thread, and a cool idea. I`ve been thinking for quite some time now about doing just such a conversion to my SC. My plan is to avoid the classis black tolex Fender look, and custom build a head box out of some nice exotic hardwood with dovetailed corners, etc. How cool would that be? My old Super Champ dressed up like a Imbuya Boogie head, sitting on top of a 4x12 Marshall cab.

    More importantly, for me anway, is to do the installation of a line-out speaker jack and test the SC through various cabs.

    Anyway, here`s my post on the same subject from last June.
    http://www.thegearpage.net/board/showthread.php?t=256170&highlight=fender+super+champ

    Cheers
     
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    Because it just might be the coolest and most compact amp head you'd ever see! Seriously though, my buddy and I have been talking about the relative merits of doing this with our SCs. Small as the amp itself is, it would be that much more compact and light as a head (which matters when you gig in and around NYC). I probably won't bother myself, but I'd love to see the results if someone does it.[/quote]

    Hey Navigator, agreed! Did you or your buddy get around to doing the conversion? I`d love to see the results too. It`s probably snowing in Gulf Hagas right now, but that`s another story.

    Cheers
     
  20. Texsunburst59

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    Very nice setup showman. I like it a lot.:)
     

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