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1958 Tweed Champ Amplifier

The Tweed Champ (5F1 circuit, single ended class A, cathode biased ) was produced from 1956 to 1964 specifically for beginner guitar players and music schools. The striped airplane luggage linen (Tweed for short) covered amplifier was part of a student kit that included the Champ lap steel guitar. Low-priced, compact and light the Champ became a favorite for country music and rock players. The tweed Champ has been used on numerous records as it could deliver sweet sounding distortion at low volumes, making it easier to record in the studio. Eric Clapton has recorded many riffs and solos using a Tweed Champ amp, among them his signature song “Layla”. 3.5 Watts no distortion, 7 Watts cranked up all the way.



  • Vintage style (deep amber) Tweed covered, hand crafted solid pine finger-jointed cabinet
  • Mercury Magnetics Transformers, period correct
  • High Quality Tone Capacitors (Paper in Oil available)
  • Point-to-point hand-wired circuitry
  • Carbon composition resistors
  • High Quality Phenolic tube sockets, no rattling like the NOS ones


Champ User Manual (PDF)
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