Fender '57 Custom Champ Guitar Combo Amplifier (5 Watts, 1x8")

- Model Name: Fender '57 Custom Champ
- Model Number: 8160500100 (120V USA)
- Series: Custom Series
- Type: All Tube
- Output: 5 watts into 4 ohms
- Speakers: 1-8" Weber Special Design 4 ohm, 10 watt, Alnico Magnet Speaker
- Ohms: 4 ohms
- Channels: Single Channel with Two Inputs: (Normal and Bright)
- Controls: Volume
- Tube Compliment: 1 x 6V6, 1 x 12AY7, 1 x 5Y3GT (Rectifier)
- Covering: Genuine Lacquered Tweed with Oxblood Grille Cloth
- Dimensions: Height: 13.5" (34.3 cm),
- Width: 12.5" (31.8 cm),
- Depth: 7.8" (19.8 cm)
- Unit Weight: 16.5 lb (7.5 kg)
- Shipping Weight: 23 lbs
- Footswitch: N/A
- Cover: Includes a protective amp cover
- Accessories: Fitted Brown Cover
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 20.75 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 18 x 17 x 13 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 8160500100
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-488-1818

Fender '57 Custom Champ Guitar Combo Amp

The Fender 5F1 circuit used in the '57 Custom Champ has become legendary for its heightened dynamic response and sweet sounding tube overdrive when pushed. A 12AY7 preamp tube matched to a classic 6V6 power amp tube generates this in-demand overdrive. When the volume is cranked, this little wonder sings with the natural compression and rich even-order harmonics of a power tube working at peak output in Class A topology. The 8" 4-ohm Weber Special Design alnico speaker stays true to the classic Champ sound, compressing to create fat tone at higher levels while more than ably reproducing the raunchy tones found at the top of the amp's volume knob. The hand-wired circuit includes newly sourced yellow coupling capacitors chosen for their authentically vintage Fender tone--sparkly cleans and creamy overdrive with smooth top end and round mids.

Of course this amp sounds great; it also retains classic Champ visual appeal--lacquered tweed, chickenhead knob, leather handle and 1/4" inputs for low or high output instruments are all here. In the studio, the 5-watt design means you'll be able to explore the full range of available tones without overloading sensitive microphones (or your ears). Updated components, hand-wired craftsmanship and a classic circuit design all combine to create the '57 Custom Champ, a style-spanning performer. Includes a protective cover.


- Hand-Wired Circuitry on Eyelet Board
- Finger Joined Solid Pine Open Back Cabinet
- Brown Leather Handle
- Black Chicken-Head Control Knobs
- Red Jeweled Pilot Light
- Toggle On/Off Switch
- Red Jeweled Pilot Light
- Original Class A 5F1 circuit with newly sourced Yellow Coupling Capacitors
- One 12AY7 preamp tube matched to a classic 6V6 power amp tube
- Single 8" 4-ohm Weber Special Design alnico speaker
- Schumacher transformers
- Includes a protective cover
(15 ratings)
Submitted December 3, 2017 by Michael H in New Haven, CT
Verified Customer zZounds has verified that this reviewer made a purchase from us.
I've been playing for over twenty years have long wanted a Fender tweed amplifier. However, I almost solely play at home (in an apartment). Of course, most people buy tweed Champs so they can crank them up and overdrive them and there are tons of videos on YouTube of people doing that. If you have your own house and do recording, then it's perfect for that. That said, I play mostly classic country, rockabilly, and classic R&B, so I was going to use it more for the cleans. All of this is to say that I suspect I am not the typical purchaser of this amp. What I have found after playing the amp for a week is that it was certainly worth the cost, even just for playing mostly clean and at bedroom levels. We're conditioned to think of the blackface as the prototypical Fender clean sound, but the clean tweed sound is fantastic in its own right (thicker, less scooped). I've been playing it with my Fender 50s Road Worn Telecaster and it is amazing. Multiple times in the last week that I've owned the amp, I've found myself just smiling while playing because of the sound. In terms of volume, I play it mostly between 3-5 (depending on the guitar) and it's perfectly fine for bedroom levels but with the 12AT7 it doesn't start breaking up naturally until a volume that's at least too loud for my situation. Make no mistake, this amp puts out a very loud 5-watts. And don't be confused by reviews online of the earlier 2009 model which had a 12AX7 and broke up much earlier than the newer 57 read more Custom model (though you can of course do a tube swap if that's what you want). In fact, I have loose plans of swapping out the stock tubes for NOS at some point in the near future, though I'm not sure if I'll try the 12AX7 or not. As mentioned, I've paired this with a recently purchased Fender 50s Road Worn Telecaster and it is a fantastic combination. I've also played my Epiphone Sheraton II with humbuckers through it, which is great, but an amp like this seems to call out to Teles and Strats (or even something with P-90s). And of course purchasing it from zZounds was easy and very fast (guitar and amp both came in two days).

Musical Background:
Playing guitar for 25 years (mostly at home in later years)

Musical Style:
Rockabilly, swing, classic country, classic R&B/Soul, alt.country, country rock
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