Fender Champ 12
Years of Production: 1987 – 1992
Controls: Black forward facing w/ white labels, controls numbered 1-10
Knobs: Red knobs or black knobs, unnumbered
- Front: In, In, Treb/Mid Boost, Bass, Vol, Gain, Drive, Reverb, Tape In, TapeIn, 1V Line Out, Headphone Out
- Rear: Fuse (1A)
- Handle: Black strap handle with Chrome ends
- Feet: Chrome Glides
- Corners: Corner Protectors
- Dark Gray Grill Cloth
Logo: Grille mounted, raised, chrome & black, script
Weight: 26 lbs.
- Size: 1 x 12
- Impedance: 8 ohms
- Model: Blue Label Fender Special Design(For more info, check out the Jensen Replacement Speakers)
Watts: 10-12 watts
- Pre amp: 2 x 7025
- Power: 6L6GC
- Bias: Cahtode Bias
- Rectifier: Solid State
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your mama plays a fender!
I wish my mamma played a fender my amp died
Fantastic amp….the best sounding amp i have ever used for recording…simply the finest full body sound the clean clean Fender sound that Fender amps are known for….Buy one if you can…..
What are the Tape In jacks for and the 1V jack, too? I’ve never noticed them on other Fender Amps.
I jumped the 1v output to an old Holms solid state bass amp…..what a great stack!!! Suddenly the distortion channel is not so shrill and there is BASS to spare. In a studio situations, blending the signals has been very easy. On the front end an old Mustang (with an emg 81) and an old vox wahwah……SMOKIN!! Find an old bass amp and experiment away. Have fun, you wont be sorry!
Wow thanks for this!!!
I modified the amp as suggested by effectrode.com “How to transform a Fender Champ 12 amp into a Champ Deluxe with a few mods.” Very real improvement in the amp but the original 12AX7 tubes are Chinese 6N4 type, very bright and terrible congestion in the upper mids and treble. I replaced them with Philips ECG JAN 12AT7 tubes and I changed the speaker to the Fender Special Design by Eminence from my Fender Hot Rod Deluxe. The original output tube is a Sovtek 5881 relabeled to Groove Tubes GT6L6B, it’s a good tube and can stay. I also replaced the input jacks which are really bad quality. In addition to the effectrode suggestions, I also replaced C102 with a 100mfd 350v capacitor. Now this amp really sings, right up there with a 60s era black face but with now decent overdrive tones also. The reverb is just OK, not lush, another mod in the offing? Another hint is to use input jack 2 for most guitars, it’s the low sensitivity input, high sensitivity input jack 1 is too hot for most guitars…
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The Fender Champ 12 has always been known as an absolutely solid studio amp. Particularly when used clean or with distortion and only the tiniest or no amount of spring reverb. After which the effects are applied by the engineers. For this it has it’s place. I own one, had it since new and I will never sell it.
Remember it has a Reverb “Trim pot” inside the tray behind the input jacks, worth a tweek.