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Tweed Fender Champ C 03323

January 25, 2010

Another vintage tweed Fender Champ today.  This one is serial number C 03323.  This serial number tells us this is a very early 1957 amp.  The tube chart is stamped FL which tells us this was made in December of 1956.  We are lucky enough to have a picture of the speaker code 465-639 which tells us this in an Oxford speaker made in the 39th week of 1956 (early September).  This makes sense if you figure that a speaker would have to be made prior to the amp being assembled and could often wind up sitting around for a while.

The power cord is not original and it looks like some wires going in to the rectifier tube are plastic instead of cloth.

So, we have a pretty good idea of how old this amp is.  Even with a variety of dating methods, it can be difficult to nail down a precise age.  Sometimes close enough will have to do!

Tweed Fender Champ C 03323 Front

Tweed Fender Champ C 03323 Front

Tweed Fender Champ C 03323 Front Top

Tweed Fender Champ C 03323 Front Top

Tweed Fender Champ C 03323 Back inside

Tweed Fender Champ C 03323 Back inside

Tweed Fender Champ C 03323 Caps

Tweed Fender Champ C 03323 Caps

Tweed Fender Champ C 03323 Controls

Tweed Fender Champ C 03323 Controls

Tweed Fender Champ C 03323 Bottom

Tweed Fender Champ C 03323 Bottom

Tweed Fender Champ C 03323 Speaker

Tweed Fender Champ C 03323 Speaker

Tweed Fender Champ C 03323 Tube Chart

Tweed Fender Champ C 03323 Tube Chart

Tweed Fender Champ C 03323 Tape

Tweed Fender Champ C 03323 Tape - Lupe

Tweed Fender Champ C 03323 Tubes

Tweed Fender Champ C 03323 Tubes

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