Carl's Custom Amps is in high demand! The 5F1 is the king of recording and practice amps.It's Clapton's Layla amp, Joe Walshs Funk #49, and Keith Richards secret studio weapon on countless Stones tracks. It can be hear on all sorts of other the classic rock and blues cuts too. It has a distinctive aggressive overdrive that is familiar from the moment you plug in.
With a 6V6 it has 5 watts output so can be fully cranked with ease. This one is made with the best parts. Please do not confuse this with the low cost kits built by.
My amps have less floor noise (hiss and hum) than any other builders. Each one is carefully and meticulously built and tested.
5 watts all Tube Power. Lacquered Tweed Cab made of solid finger joined pine. Weber Vintage Series Alnico 8 inch Speaker.Special Resistor Selection for the best tone with the least noise. F&T, Sprauge Atom, Panasonic long life and Nichicon Ultra Long Life Filter. Classic Tone USA Output Transformers. Hammond or Classic Tone Power Transformer. Point to Point Handwiring for great sound superior serviceability. Rectifier, JJ's 6V6 and JJs 12AX7. Allows you to use a 6L6GC, 6L6G, 6L6WGB, OR 5881power tube for more power and different tones. You can still use 6V6 for 5 watts.
Uses Weber Signature Alinco 8S speaker. What People are Saying about the Classic Tweed Champ. Hi Carl, hope all is still well.
I received the 5F1 champ a couple weeks ago in good order. The red tamper fuse was blown but that didnt surprise me.
Everything seemed fine upon opening it. I wanted to give some time playing and swapping rectifiers before giving any definitive feedback. First off, it looks amazing in person. Couldnt be happier with the dark tweed.
Your right, the GZ-34 does sound better. You would know, but I wanted to experiment. Ive only had experience with one GZ. My strange observation is that the 5Y3 made the combo flub out a lot and resonate/vibrate annoyingly around any C note I played on the guitar. Swapping to the GZ tightened things up and resolved that issue.Im currently plugged straight into input 1 just past 11 on the dial. Using a high powered Seymour JB Humbucker.
Im getting everything from boarderline fuzz down to cleans with just the volume knob. Its very touch sensitive and dynamic. The AC noise floor at home seems much quieter then my other 5 watt head from another small builder.
Anyways, just wanted to fill you in on how much Im enjoying the amp. Just put on some tube dampers. Ive got a NOS Telefunken 12AX7 and a Beano Boost on the way Im pretty stoked for. Received my Champ earlier this afternoon, fantastic little amp. I'm used to regular "Deluxe" style amp with a 12 speaker and this little Champ enable me to turn upend enjoy it's sonic voice in my living room.
Didn't know how much I needed this amp. Thank you for the surprising little gem.Carl, I'm very pleased...... Hey Carl, Just a few words about my Champ I just received from you. I already own your 5e3 deluxe and recording pro head, so I knew your Champ would be a good amp.
Well I was blown away. The tone was better than my high expectations. The transition from the classic champ clean to the aggressive beefy growl is great.
Amp set to 9 and let the guitar volume knob does the rest. The Carl's Champ is a fantastic amp.
I hope this message finds you well. I finally got around to setting up the amp and playing it for the first time today.I had been very busy before that in order to get around to it sooner. The amp arrived safe and sound. Great looking amp and amazing sounding too! The Champ sounds great, very happy. I ordered a Champ from you on fleabay. After 24 hrs it's started to open up.
Thanks for a great amp. Hooked it up to an 8ohm 12speaker and it sounds good that way as well. Got it today, installed the tubes & fired her up.. Plays like a perfect dream with my Les Paul and Strats. Thank you so much for the great work you do.
Your custom built 5F1 Tweed Champ is my favorite guitar amplifier. It is far superior to the current mass produced Fender reissues and at a lower cost! , and it even sounds better than my retired vintage Fender Vibro-Champ.Fit and finish is outstanding and Your attention to detail is as good as it gets. Anyone considering a 5w Champ should give Carl a call! Hello Carl- I can't say thank you enough. I love vintage Champ amps, but have always been annoyed by the noise and the less than perfect grounding. Your 5F1 addresses all the problems, and improves on the tone. My speaker cone is not even broken in yet so I know there is more good to come. This amp is fantastic for what I wanted--a solid sound true to the original. I connected a Keeley oxblood pedal with overdrive on zero to give a brightening option. Weighs significantly more than the Fenders for sale currently. Love the long heavy cord. Just wanted to let you know I'm very pleased with the amp. Very full and fat sounding with the 6L6 and the alnico speaker.
I used to own a Fender Bassman RI with the 4 10 inch alnicos and really this 5F1 Champ you built for me with the 6L6 and 8 inch alnico Weber reminds me of that vibe - not the same of course but very nice vintage Fender tweed sound! More importantly, the amp is solid and sounds like pure rock and roll! My Champ arrived today in perfect shape. Its going to start earning its keep tonight with a trio gig in a restaurant.
Upright bass and acoustic guitar and me and the Champ. Thanks so much for making such a high quality amp. Just put my amp together and plugged it in for its maiden voyage. This amp is going to the grave with me.You made a Champ chassis for me a year or two ago, and I just want to let you know it has a real place in my heart. I switched it into the pine cab and something just clicked in my soul.
Playing it sends me to that happy place, and its my absolute go-to recording amp with a 57 and an SM7B. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
All the best - Randall, Atlanta. I hope the Holidays are treating you well. I have to tell you about my experience with your Champ. I knew it was better, if not a totally different amp, as soon as I plugged it in.
I really can't describe how different it is, its one of those things you have to hear, as you know. Its both a compliment to you and a dig on Fender currently. Your volume knob is usable throughout its entire range.
Lots of great sounds that are defined and not muddy. It has a dirty clean tone that I was looking for and could never get out of the Fender version, even with speaker and tube change. I was much happier with the Fender with the speaker change you suggested , but it still wasn't enough, especially with the price tag that Fender put on it. Yours however is worth every penny.
Yours will even take an overdrive pedal, of which the Fender could not. Perfect in bedroom studio, clean or cranked without pedals.
Strat plugged straight in, 5 watts, an 8-inch Ted Weber speaker, and one knob is all I need to feel the blues deep in my gut. My Fender Bassman may have to go in the closet until I'm good enough to gig.
Just a few words on Carl's Tweed Champ... I have been playing professionally for going on 50 years... Have used the whole spectrum of gear thru the years...
Have a couple of premo guitar amps but needed a small but capable 5 to 10 watt tube amp for my latest project... Just happened across Carls website and called him... Very very pleasant and knowledgeable fellow who I was impressed with...
He built for me a Tweed Champ clone in very short order... When I cranked it up I was blown away!! All the good stuff was there!!Set it at 9 to 10... He is also an accomplished amp tech for old Fender amps!!! When your stuck out here in Tucson... This is a great find!! Give him a try and I think you'll be pleasantly surprised!!!
Got the amp today and appreciated the workmanship upon inspection..... I plugged in a Suhr telecaster that has very clear but full pickups. I was impressed with what you built and want to thank you kindly for making my day....
This little champ has a spectrum of chime and resonance that I haven't found - at lower volumes - from all my other amps including Bogner, Rivera, Carr, Marshalls, Bad Cat, etc. It's the perfect amp for a quiet stage and mic setup.Later, I'd like to ask you about other models like the Princeton. After I clear out some more gear. Well put together and quality made.
Great amp chassis for my Champ project. Kept me updated and is very honest! The item "Dark Lacquer Classic Tweed Champ All Tube Amp 5W!Carl's Custom Amps" is in sale since Sunday, June 14, 2020. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\Guitars & Basses\Guitar Amplifiers". The seller is "makinrose" and is located in Las Cruces, New Mexico. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Viet nam, Uruguay.