Dating fender super champ

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Given its small size and low output the Champ is mostly used as a practise amp at home or in studios.6 watts from a 8″ combo amp is simply not enough to deliver distinct clean tones on stages and in larger practise rooms together with a drummer.All resistor and capcitor values are the same between the two eras and the only practical difference is the regular blackface and silverface differences; cabinet baffle construction, chocolate drop caps, plastic insulated wires.This means that you’ll get good bang for the buck with a silverface amp.But there are many players out there who don’t need clean tone and, in their mission of rock’n roll, have modified the Champ with a switch that disengages the tone stack to get a loud and hugely distorted Marshall/Tweed tone.Even without a huge bottom end there are enough mids and screaming highs to cut through in most bands.Personally we have not modified the tone stack on these amps since we are clean tone hunters.

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In the silverface era Eminence, Oxford, Utah and Rola were more often used and Jensen was phased out.Even at we struggle with keeping a correct amp and speaker model overview.There are also exceptions to the rules where Fender delivered non-standard speakers in special orders, Christmas campaigns etc. See our Buyer’s guide to vintage Fender amps for a guide and picture gallery of the known original speakers in the blackface and silverface amps.Also, smaller and lighter amps like Champs and Princetons have stood the test of time much better than bigger amps.The wooden cabinet and baffle board does not have to carry those heavy speakers and transformers.

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