Fender champ two tube amp

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  1. bluesmain

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    My harp player just dropped his champ off for me to play thru and dang this lil puppy smokes. Anyone hip to these amps?:dude
     
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    I have 65 Blackface and it's my favorite amp. Love the little guy. What you probably don't know is more of your favorite recordings are done with Champs then probably any other amp. Layla being the prime example. Eric is playing a tweed champ, and Duane is playing a silverface. All of the KISS records are recorded with Champs. Plug that thing into a 4x12, crank it up, close your eyes and tell me it doesn't sound like a marshall. I actually did that to a buddy of mine. I had my Champ sitting on top of my JTM45. The Champ was plugged into the cab. We played for a couple of hours and stopped for a break, and my buddy says "man the Marshall sounds good", I said "look again, it's not on, that's the Champ". You should'a seen the look on his face :crazyguy

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    Too cool I hooked it up thru my pwr amp in on one of my combo amps.I was like damn this lil guys slays! This is a blackface amp.How to I tell what year she is?
     
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    2 tubes total or 2 output tubes?

    Former would mean the rectifier tubes was replaced with diodes. Latter would be a Super Champ? Champ II?
     
  5. bluesmain

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    power tubes 2 - 6v6's ,two pre amp and a rect. tube

    I can't get over how great it sounds.

     
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    It doesn't say Super Champ on the faceplate?
     
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    If it's a blackface or silverface for that matter, be careful about matching ohms, the transformers don't like anything above 4 ohms and will burn up. Here's a good resource
    http://www.ampwares.com/ffg/ffg_faq.html
     
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    OP is taling about a Champ II - 18 watts, 2 6v6, 2 12ax7, solid state rectifier, hard-wired (at least mine is) 10" speaker. Basically a Super Champ minus the reverb and boost function.

    Great amps - love mine to death. Much different than any era of the 1x8" Champ.

    craig
     
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  10. bluesmain

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    I'll check the amp face plate when I get home this afternoon.I called my harp player and he sold it to me.I'll play it round the house and I love the tone.Thank you guys for adding to this and my other post on the forum.I enjoy the threads .

    Johnny
     
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    Bluesmain - I'm almost certain you are referring to the Champ II; your own posts seem to confirm that. Other posters are seeing 'Champ' and thinking tweed / blackface / silverface 1 x 8" amps.

    Your amp should say 'Champ II' on a blackface-style control panel with vol, treble (pull boost), bass, and master - correct? Hardwired 10" speaker, line out on the back (which is what you used to plug in to the power-amp in of your combo)?

    As I said - completely different amp than the old 1 x 8" Champ's. These were only built in '82 and '83. You can find a little bit of info and see a picture of one here: http://www.ampwares.com/ffg/. Basically a stripped-down Super Champ - so a search here for 'Super Champ' will get you some info too (you can search for 'Champ II' but there's only a handful of results).

    craig
     
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    :confused:


     
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    So 82- 83:confused: ?


     
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    Totally wrong. Too low an ohms is hard and could blow a transformer.
     
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    Nope. The transformer is more stressed by a higher impedance mismatch. Lower than recommended loads are harder on the power tube(s).
     
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    Great sounding little amp really, Hard to believe that is can get so loud.
     
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