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 Blackface rich warm tones or the Marshall Plexi dynamic high mid tones.
Classic Blackface - Plexi style 3-BAND TONE STACKwith mid-scoop 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 tube.
Line Out - post output transformer LINE OUT with LINE OUT LEVEL control for recording or driving a power amp, Auto switched internal load to simulate speaker if speaker is not plugged in. Inject great tone directly into the PA system with the Speaker Simulated Direct Interface.
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. Preamp tube is a 12AX7..but you may also use 12AT7's or 12AU7's for different tones and less overdrive.
5AR4 rectifier or you can use 5U4 or Solid Slate Plug-In rectifier to adjust the amount of sag you want.
Standard IEC three prong plug-in 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, pro audio 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 complement: 12AX7, EL34, 5AR4
Retro Vintage Cage Mini-Head - heavy duty steel mesh cage provides protection and excellent ventilation for tubes. Comes with easy carry Fender style strap handle.
Dimensions - 10"W x 6"D x 8"H
Weight - 12 lbs.
Power Output - 10 watts
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)
Jim - This amp is a little beauty, I was so lucky to find it....Rodrigo P. (Australia)
Hi Jim, greetings from Harlem, NYC. Thanks for building my FM-5E1BF Champ Blackface with the retro 6SL7 and 6L6 options. The amp you made for me is an audio masterpiece, a unique combination of imaginative circuit design, and flawless build, using first rate parts. This is THE best amp I ever heard. I tried it out with a nice 1x12” Ted Weber AlNiCo 12A125A, rated for 30 watts, at 8Ω. I used my favorite guitar, an ‘88 Gibson Howard Roberts Fusion with a Morley M2 volume, EHX “East River Drive” and a Boss DD-3 delay. I set the amp as loud as I dared in my apartment, gain 6, (“F” voice) with the EQ flat 5s, master 7-8. I ran my guitar with both pickups on, and knobs wide open. I started with the Morley volume backed way off and got a great spanky “acoustic” sound, opening the Morley a little more and I got a sweet, round bell-ringing chime, then pushing in a little drive, and going to about half open gave me beautiful fat, wet, voluptuous blues tones, finally flooring the gas and kicking in some long delay, with the deep switch pulled gave me an authentic arena rockstar solo sound, that heavy Gibson center block felt like it could sustain forever! It’s perfect for my New York City Co-Op apartment, but it's plenty loud... one could definitely gig with it, especially as you can line it out to the FOH sound system. Thanks for your honest dealing, very fair price, and evident, master craftsmanship. There are far too few people left who do business like you do. I highly recommend your company, and I plan to bore anyone who will listen going on about how great this amp is! You should feel free to add my comments to your long list of satisfied customers. Thanks again, Augustine Nocera (New York)
FM-5E1BF" Dear Mr. Frenzel, My long time friend and brother in arms, Hein does have a couple of your amazing amps. For my birthday he presented me with a Champ by your hand. I'm absolutely over the moon with this little amp. Makes my Custom Shop Telecaster, by John Page, sound magical. Can't believe how loud 10 Watts could be. From the Netherlands I wish you a merry Christmas. First Lieutenant Colin W. - (Volkel AFB, the Netherlands)
I just bought an FM10 used (I think it's about 10 years old). This is my first exposure to Frenzel amps. And I am absolutely BLOWN AWAY by the quality of sound and tone I'm getting from this amp! I bought it to play at church- I have an isolation cab that I was driving with a 1978 Fender Vibro Champ, but I'm always nervous about taking that amp out of the house (I shouldn't be). The isolation cab has a Jensen C8R in it right now. One of the problems I've had with this rig is that the low end would not stay focused, and would get "farty" if pushed at all. Not very balanced. The FM10 cured that. I don't know what the intent was for the original tone design- it's running a nice vintage 6L6WGA in it right now, and with that tube, the Fender mode sounds more tweed-like. Pull the knob, and I'm getting a Fender blackface/Vox hybrid sounds (to my ears). Absolutely loving it! Thank you for doing what you're doing. Anyone that asks me about getting an amp, I'm pointing them your way. Blessings, Ben G.
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! 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)
Hi Jim! I love the old FM 5E1 that I've got! Cheers! Richard A. (Arizona)
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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