This sweet little 4–5 watt, wide-panel tweed beauty is the essence of simplicity, featuring a single volume control that provides access to a surprisingly wide range of tones. We'll admit that we're enamored with tweed Champs of all vintages—TV front, wide panel, and narrow panel. They're characteristically a little darker than the blackface and silverface models, which can sometimes be a bit piercing with the wrong guitar. One thing is for sure—we smile every time we plug a single-coil instrument into this little gem. With a tweak or two of the volume knob, this amp will take you all the way from chimey British pop to crunchy power chords to bluesy leads. Or try our favorite trick: park the amp’s volume at 10 or 12, and ride your guitar’s volume knob to enjoy the smooth transition from clean to overdrive. It sounds particularly magical with Telecasters.
Everything about this amp is original, from the tubes, to the 6-inch speaker, to the tweed covering and grill cloth. The only exception is the plug on the power cord; the brittle plastic had broken when we received the amp, and, not being fans of electrical shocks, we replaced it. This is a special amp, and we’d love to see it find a good home. $1100.