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Rating and Reviews: Fender '57 Custom Champ

The Fender '57 Custom Champ offers fantastic tone in a tiny frame. With 5 watts of classic tube tone, this tweed combo is great for recording or practice.

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"Stop fooling around" submitted May 1, 2017

By DJ D in Whitefish, MT
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Overall: Stop fooling around with all the knobs and JUST PLAY. I've had many amps. The Champ is 2nd to none. Just warm it up, turn it to 12 and then play guitar using the knobs on your guitar. This amp sounds like it has reverb, delay and tremolo but it doesn't. It's simply alive. The combination of everything combined in this little package make for such terrific amp. The build quality is superb and it's made to last a lifetime. It is a bit RAW when new, but as it breaks in, it gets sweeter and warmer.
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"Amazing!" submitted December 3, 2017

By Michael H in New Haven, CT
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Musical Background: Playing guitar for 25 years (mostly at home in later years)
Music Style: Rockabilly, swing, classic country, classic R&B/Soul, alt.country, country rock
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Overall: 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 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).
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"seasoned guitar players you have to try one of these" submitted February 8, 2011

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Musical Background: active musician
Music Style: country
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Sound: i have been playing for over thirity years have owned lots of different tube amps i still play through mesa, dr z. just got the 5watt fender champ about a month ago from z sounds the sounds that come from this amp cannot be put on any review any seasoned guitar player owes it to them self to play thought one of these.one of the best raw tones comes pouring out from this small amp you will ever hear. Feature: comes with nice vintage amp cover .vintage looking hang tags . Ease of Use: champ just has a volume control .you use the guitar and your fingers to to the rest. Quality: great looking amp nice vintage look .chrome on panel looks about a foot deep! Value: i know everboby says the price tag of the amp is way over what is cost to make , and i look at long and hard before i purchased . but as i said once you play this amp the dollars wont matter it sounds that good .it makes it fun to play again. The Wow Factor: simple to use great great tone Overall: iam always looking .this amp will be a keeper
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"Warm and Juicy" submitted October 5, 2017

By Cimmay R in Seattle, WA
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Musical Background: Pass time at home
Music Style: Stratocaster, Telecaster, many VST's.
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Overall: The Champ is extremely warm compared to some popular 4 watt British amps. It's also perfect for someone who cannot disturb the neighbors. It can be cranked up to 12 and guitar on 3 or 4 and you'll be fine, in all pickup and tonal configurations. What's amazing with this Champ is there is zero amount of ear fatigue. I have it plugged directly into power socket and there is not the slightest amount of hiss, hum or buzz, with or without a guitar connected and on 12. The manufacturing quaility is excellent both exterior and interior and mine was completed 3 months ago. The protective cover is not a tan cloth fabric but something like a tarp, the color is a cross between dark green and dark brown. I'm definitely going to keep the Champ for its ability to remain low volume in full range, no ear pain and highest quailty.
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