In the late 80's and early 90's, Fender's amp division was seeing its bleakest sales in decades thanks to the high-gain solid state monster amps made popular by hair metal bands. The classic tube amp sound that had made Fender amps famous wasn't considered desirable, and Fender had to do something. With their characteristic red knobs and a high gain, high output dirty channel, the Fender Champ series became Fender's saving grace in the late 80's and early 90's.
The Fender Champ 12 is a bedroom sized tube amp that packs a serious punch. With a 12 "blue label" Fender design driver and 12 watts of tube power, the Champ 12 is a versatile, sweet sounding tube amp that sounds awesome at home or in small to medium sized venues. Notable features include a 7025 tube driven preamp, iconic Fender reverb, push/pull treble boost, 2-channel design with high-gain dirty channel, hardwired footswitch, tape input, and a 1 volt line level output. Interestingly, the Fender Champ 12 also sports a headphone jack, which is truly a rarity for tube driven amps.
We love the Fender Champ 12. It's an affordable amp with all the features you want and need, with a nice small footprint and very controllable volumes. This amp sounds great at low and high volumes, plus the headphone jack makes it easy to practice with at home. The clean tone is pure Fender, while the dirty channel provides searing high-gain distorted tones.
Model: Champ 12
Serial number: L0-017641
Years of Production: 1987–1992
Made in: USA
Controls: Black forward facing w/ white labels, controls numbered 1-10
Knobs: Red knobs or black knobs, unnumbered
Front controls: In, In, Treb/Mid Boost, Bass, Vol, Gain, Drive, Reverb, Tape In, TapeIn, 1V Line Out, Headphone Out
Speaker Model: Blue Label Fender Special Design (For more info, check out the Jensen Replacement Speakers)
Watts: 10-12 watts
Pre amp: 2 x 7025
Bias: Cahtode Bias
Rectifier: Solid State
Includes power cable and hard-wired footswitch
Excellent Condition; All features tested and working. No major damage or notable wear. This is a pre-owned amp and there may be some very minor signs of use. Please view the pictures carefully and consider them part of the description.