So, here I am, writing about the history of some old gear, the Silverface Fender.
I also have a small amount of knowledge of and experience in working on tube amps.
Steel serial # 6260, Amp serial # C12446, amp and speaker production code JA (January, 1960), capacitors, tubes, and pot all dated late 1959. A one owner, completely original Fender Champ Steel and amp set. No modifications other than that the cloth insulation of the speaker leads were cut (not the wire, itself; and we can’t tell you why).
The amp has never been serviced and works beautifully, with creamy drive and excellent volume.
The Blackface Champ and Vibro Champ (with tremolo) was introduced in 1964 after its presuccessor, the narrow panel tweed Champ, had been produced nine long years at Fender since 1955.
The blackface model continued the 1×8″ combo design and the single ended 6V6 power amp, class A.
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) and with a tiny 8 inch speaker can be of any value to a guitar player or musician.
We did as well before we got our Blackface Fender Vibro Champ in 2005.
by Frank Stroupe ***WARNING-There are voltages inside of a tube guitar amp that can KILL you.
There are components in the amp that hold live current long after the amplifier is unplugged.
That Music Master Bass amp or Silverface Champ that you could have bought all day for 50 bucks as recently as 2 years ago can run as high as 350-400 on ebay now.