FM-5E1BF "Champ Blackface"
This little jewel is killer practice or small venue amp that will let you get those rockin' overdrive tones at low volume levels. It also has a Line Level output jack with a level control that will drive other amps, a PA, or headphones.
Model : Champ Blackface
Model No: FM-5E1BF
The FRENZEL FM - 5E1BF "Champ Blackface" is the latest version of our very versatile FM-5E1 "Champ Plus". It can be used for a practice amp...or as a multi-tone tube preamp driver for a higher powered amp. For you guys with solid-state amps....this amp will give you great tube sounds.
Input Jack isolated from chassis for low noise, eddy currents, and hum.
Star ground system to reduce induced current chassis noise.
Type F (Fender) and Type M (Marshall) MODE switch on Gain control to select smooth Fender 5F6 warm tones or the Marshall JTM45 great high mid tones.
Classic 60's JTM45 - Bassman 5F6 style 3-BAND TONE STACK for extended flexibility in shaping your tone.
MASTER level control so you can crank the GAIN's up and overdrive the preamp without overdriving the output tubes.
Post output transformer LINE OUT with LINE OUT LEVEL control for recording or driving a PA system or a higher power amp, Has an auto switching internal load if speaker is not connected to protect amp and to give you speaker simulated tones.
Class A cathode bias single-ended EL34 for those classic 60's warm blues tones. We also offer the choice of using other tubes in the output stage like the 6V6,6L6, 5881, KT66, KT77, or KT88.
Custom Hi-Fi type output transformer for extended low and high frequency performance... and with 4 - 8 - 16 ohm speaker outputs selectable by a rotary switch.
Preamp tube is a 12AX7..but you may also use 12AT7's or 12AU7's for different tones and less overdrive.
Chassis Dimensions - 10" x 6" x 2"
Weight - 12 lbs.
Power Output - 10 watts
5Y3 rectifier or you can use 5U4, 5AR4, or Solid Slate Plug-In rectifier to adjust the amount of sag you want.
Extra long (10') three prong grounded power cord.
STANDBY switch to turn off the plate voltage during warm-up.
Rock solid point-to-point hand wiring using only the best of parts...low noise tubular polypropylenes caps, metal film resistors, ceramic sockets, switchcraft jacks...etc.
Sweet vintage clean to classic overdrive tones with three different types of distortion depending on whether you are overdriving the preamp, output... or both!
Tube compliment: 12AX7, EL34, 5Y3
- GAIN with mode pull switch.
- STANDBY SWITCH
- PILOT LIGHT
- POWER SWITCH
- POWER CORD
- LINE OUT LEVEL CONTROL
- LINE OUT
- SPEAKER OUT
- IMPEDANCE SELECTOR
$695.00 SALE PRICE $495.00
1. 100 - 240 VOLT POWER TRANSFORMER - for operation outside the USA. Please specify the voltage you need. Add $50.00
2. EL34 - 6V6 BIAS SWITCH - switch on rear panel allows you to use a 6V6 for 5 watts or an EL34 for 10 watts in the output tube socket. Add $25.00
3.VINTAGE STEEL CAGE - steel perforated cage provides protection for tubes and maximum ventilation for long tube life. Includes "easy to carry" Fender style strap handle. Add $90.00
4. CUSTOM CABS AND ENCLOSURES - Please see our Cabinets page for a variety of custom built cabinets and enclosures including head cabs, combo cabs, speaker cabs, rack mount chassis, road cases etc.
VINTAGE CAGE UPGRADE
REVIEWS: We have listed a few of our reviews below. For more reviews please check our
Customers Reviews page.
Hi Jim, I just wanted to drop you a thank you note and let you know the Champ Blackface that I ordered is incredible! It sounds amazing, I am thoroughly impressed and I have played many amps in my time. Well done!! Dave H (California)
Amp received. Mellow amp. A very mellow amp. With loads of headroom (considering its only 10 watts). I am impressed. Very impressed. In fact, it's amazing. John M. (California)
Hey Jim! I got my Champ Plus today - plugged in my strat and put it all into the open electrovoice 12 L - cabinet - great!!! True and warm Sound! Without shaping the sound too much in any direction. After that my Fender Champ Silverface with a 10 inch Weber cabinet seemed to me a bit harsh and a lot thinner. For the beginning I used an EH EL34 as power tube. Today I was jamming around with it - changing tubes, speakers, guitars and guitar players too, driving it all up to full load. This is more than I expected! The best wishes to You amp-builders in Texas!!! Bernd Z. (Germany)
Thanks again Jim for this wonderful amp. The Champ Plus you built for me gets great classic tones plugged straight in. With the gain at 10 o'clock it has a nice warm clean tone. Turn the gain up to 2 o'clock and you hear some sweet breakup. With the gain passed 3 o'clock you get a very nice crunchy breakup. The Hammond output transformer sounds very warm and sweet with a pleasing swirl that makes notes shimmer and sing. It sounds huge when over-driven with a pedal. The F preamp is full and warm, and the M preamp (my favorite) is more 'in your face', it has a more well defined sound-stage. When over-driven the M preamp has excellent note definition and sweet singing harmonics. The tone-stack performs very well. The amp is built like a tank. I've had it for two years, playing it almost every day and have not had any issues with it. I have recommended this amp to other guitar players and will continue to recommend Frenzel amps. Sincerely, Lance M. (California)
Hi Jim, The FM5E1BF arrived undamaged two days ago, and I have been happily auditioning my modest supply of vintage tubes. All functions tested and working well. I'm glad I had you add the low-power switch, as I am a 6V6 addict. The boys at the jam last night were impressed with the low-end response and bluesy growl, no pedal required! Thanks for a great product, perfect for an old rocker (67) who fondly remembers his first amp, a '59 Ampeg Jet (and about six other Fenders and Ampegs). Peter W. ( Maine)
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