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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: Vintage (before 1985) / Super Champ love?


Look at my hair ...

Jun 16th, 2017 10:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

I know there are other threads on this, but I just picked up a modded Rivera-era Super Champ with a new oak cab and 12" WGS speaker. Gigged it tonight, and this thing sounds amazing. Replacing my Top Hat Club Royale 20, as it's just too bright, although a heckuva nice amp. The SC is a heavy little beast.

That leaves me with all Fender for my funk band ('70s Musicmaster, new DRRI and the Super Champ) and a Marshall Vintage Modern to use in Mama's band. I may end up just using this in both ...

Who else gigs with one of these and what do I need to know?

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American Patriot

About as ordinary as you can get.
Jun 19th, 2017 05:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've never owned one but I hear mostly good things about them.

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Too Near Atlanta GA

Amp Tech Emeritus
Jun 19th, 2017 06:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

I owned an incredibly cherry one for several years and have deeply regretted ever selling it...it was a really great amp. A collector offered me $1K for it and I couldn't refuse the offer.


Charlie Macon
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Austin, Texas

Jul 8th, 2017 10:52 AM   Edit   Profile  

I was deeply in love with a brand new one in 1983. I demo'd the '83 Telecaster I bought, with that Super Champ. I unfortunately could not afford both at the time. Fantastic sound.

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Boston area

May 1st, 2018 11:19 AM   Edit   Profile  

First amp I ever had, and a couple years ago bought one to replace the one I sold long ago. Even has the original foot switch. I use it occasionally, and its fantastic. A great grab n go for anything. But since I don't play out any more, its more of a 'sit and gather dust' model

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May 1st, 2018 12:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

Pretty sure I skipped over one of these at a flea market 20 years ago. It was only $85.

Coulda woulda shoulda.

6 Cylinder Slim

north woods

It just needs more voltage
Jun 14th, 2018 06:50 AM   Edit   Profile  

I bought one new back in the early 80s. I wanted something small to bring to band rehearsals. It doesn't have the rich clean tone of my Princeton Reverb, but it's good enough and if you happen to be in a place where you can open up the volume, the overdrive tone is really quite good. If you have to dial back the master volume you loose some of that punch and sensitivity, but it still sounds OK. I never used the built in overdrive feature. I think it's over the top sounding for what I play. While this was never a regular gigging amp, the fact that I've never had any kind of problem with it for 35 years is amazing. Very high quality amp IMO.



Jul 14th, 2018 06:00 AM   Edit   Profile  

How did the 12" WGS fit in there? I put an EV Force 10 in my '82 Super Champ (the factory upgrade) and it barely cleared the 6c10 tube & reverb tank. The WGS may be a little shallower or the new oak cab taller. Traded one of my 3 Princeton Reverb 2's for the Super Champ, so got both still. Also, have a Deluxe Reverb 2, so kinda have the smaller Rivera era covered. Wishing you well with your Super Champ!

(This message was last edited by socal at 08:02 AM, Jul 14th, 2018)

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Aug 8th, 2018 09:11 AM   Edit   Profile  

My bad, there is an early 80s Rivera Champ 2 in that range, also. Not many made and I understand it was the first amp produced in the Fender Rivera era. 2×6v6 + 2×12ax7 (no 6c10) and solid-state like the other Fender Riveras. Vol, master vol, treble, bass and pull mid-boost. 10" speaker. About the same size as a SF Champ. Only made in 1982 or so then replaced with the Super Champ. Simpler circuit than the SC, so actually is suppose to sound "better".

(This message was last edited by socal at 11:21 AM, Aug 8th, 2018)



now even awesomer
Aug 20th, 2018 01:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

socal, have we 'met' elsewhere on the web? Have I got your amps' serial numbers for my Rivera-era amp dating and quantities OCD-placation project?

Rivera-era amp dating

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Jun 19th, 2019 04:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

Probably a couple websites Stratopastor (this one & yours!). I'll get the serial #s to you.

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