Champ Amp


The Champ was considered a student amp and not in need of any changes, so it remained tweed until early 64 when the tweed covering was simply replaced with black tolex and a strap handle with no other changes. That arrangement only lasted until the fall of 1964, when the Champ was given the full blackface treatment with separate tone knobs and a front mounted control panel as on the example shown here. Note the “decal” for the back chassis control panel, in contrast to the aluminum plate used on the other blackface combo amps. Though this example dates far into the post-CBS era, it had not yet taken on silverface characteristics. QD

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