Fender '57 Custom Champ 5W 1x8" Guitar Tube Amplifier - Combo


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Fender '57 Custom Champ Tube Combo Amplifier

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Our rating of 95/100 is based on analysis of 250+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

In a time where amp modeling continues to be popular, its refreshing to see simple amps still doing well in the market - and it doesn't get any simpler than the one volume knob interface of the Fender '57 Custom Champ.

What makes it special is its handwired circuitry, which complements its tube components to reproduce genuine Fender tube tones without any complications.

It's a true plug and play amp with just a volume knob, making it ideal for those who get most of their tone coloration from pedals.


  • Power Rating: 5W Class A
  • Preamp: 1 x 12AY7
  • Poweramp: 1 x 6V6
  • Rectifier: 1 x 5Y3GT Rectifier Tube
  • Speaker: 8" Weber Special Design Alnico Speaker
  • Input: 2 x 1/4"
  • Output: None
  • Cabinet: Rear Ported
  • Main Controls:Power, Volume
  • Equalizer: None
  • Weight: 15 lbs.


For a compact and single voicing amp, its interesting how many love the Fender '57 Custom Champ for its tone, some even describing it as a true tone monster - especially at lower volumes. Obviously, those who are into the American clean tone love the amp, but there are also those who are not necessarily Fender fans who appreciate its sound. There are also a number of users who are happy with the way it works with overdrive pedals, which gives them more tone options.


There aren't any noteworthy complaints, but it is important to point out that you're not getting much from your money in terms of versatility and control. So if you're looking for something versatile, this is not the amp for you.


If you're looking for a great sounding compact tube amp that won't complicate your setup, we highly recommend Fender '57 Custom Champ.

At time of publication this amp was on our recommended lists for both Low Watt Tube Amps and Practice Amps.