Fender Champion 600

Model/Circuit Number: 5B1
Years of Production:
1949 – 1953
Era: TV Front
Configuration: Combo
Controls: Rear facing brown panel w/ white screened labels, control numbered 1-12
Knobs: Black Chicken Head

  • Front: In , In, Vol/Power Sw – Pilot Lamp, Fuse
  • Rear:



  • White (front, top, bottom, rear) and brown (sides) vinyl

Grill Cloth:

Logo: Cabinet mounted, block letter

Effects: None
Watts: 4 watts

  • Pre amp: Metal envelope 6SJ7
  • Power: Metal envelope 6V6
  • Bias: Cathode Biased
  • Rectifier: Metal envelope 5Y3

Also known as: ”The Champion in the catalog, “Champion 600” on the interior label, and “600” Amp on the control panel. Original price of this “Student Amp” was $49.95.
D.P. wrote in to say: ”I had to know what was in the fender 5B1. So I bought one, model number 2528. Attached are a couple of pictures of the chassis. It is the exact same layout as your schematic and wiring diagram for the 5C1. The chassis is copper.”

3 thoughts on “Fender Champion 600

  • June 18, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    That’s not a 1950 it’s a 55 or so 5f1 tweed the 5b1 is two tone and has smaller speaker grill . they were made from 49 to 53 have a1950

  • July 11, 2014 at 11:32 am

    I have a 53 600 champ. Brought it in and checked out. Gonna put new caps. The transformer has been changed. Not the correct one. It is only bolted on one side. If we drill it out to secure it would drill into the caps (original caps). We can fix it when we wire in new caps. Does anyone know what is the correct transformer & where I can get one? Please email me at merch120@hotmail.com. Thanks.

  • August 18, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Ralph Osborne:

    In 1953 Fender built some transitional “Champion 600″s in the new tweed wide-panel cabinets. These were labeled “600” on the control plate, and “Champion 600 Model 5B1” on the tube chart, just like D.P.’s. Shortly thereafter they became “Champ-Amps.” Looks like the name change was somewhat later than the cabinet change.

    But, yes, the ‘typical’ Champion 600 is two-tone vinyl.


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