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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: 1985 - Current / Any love for the Champ 12?

JohnS

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Apr 7th, 2012 07:17 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I may have one soon. Any love? Any needed mods?

Thanks.

Rick Plays The Blues

Austria

May I try that again?
Apr 8th, 2012 02:03 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You should search this forum and the amp mod forum for more information.

I never owned one but used to play one regularly back in the early to mid 90ies. I remember that I liked the sound back then.

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Apr 10th, 2012 05:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I bought mine new in 1986 still have and use it. I modded it so the cord to the footswitch can be unplugged and gain channel switched via a toggle switch when the f/s is unplugged. The reverb is a little weak but I understand there is a mod for that. I use a digital pedal. The clean channel is very Fender-y and loud for 10 watts. The gain channel is quite nice and can achieve a good crunch tone at very low volume.

I'll probably keep it forever.

Here's a picture

(This message was last edited by Indiana Mike at 05:31 PM, Apr 10th, 2012)

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Apr 10th, 2012 05:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I should add that I think it is a very well built amp, the cabinet is as robust as the larger amps.

I'd like to A/B the Champ 12 against a Princeton Reverb RI. I know the PR's reverb would be better but I think the clean sound might be comparable. Maybe not.

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Apr 11th, 2012 04:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Back in the day, I remember trying out a Champ 12 at a local vintage shop that had a half dozen Princetons, regular and Vibro-Champs, etc - sounded decent if you just compared clean channel to clean channel without vibrato, but at the time it was about $400 new versus getting various Champs at < $200, VCs < 250, and Princetons and Princeton Reverbs for < 350.

Needless to say not a huge seller in that market unless somebody wanted new.

Don't think a "new" Fender amp made a splash in that shop until the original Blues Deluxes came out.

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