Vintage Guitar: Now It’s a Champ! — The Mercury Fender Champion 600 Conversion Kit

Fender’s tiny Champion 600 is aimed at the guitarist who requires rich power-tube distortion at low volume levels. With just one 6V6 power tube putting out five watts, getting the little Champ to scream is no problem. Introduced after Epiphone’s similarly-sized Valve Junior, the Champ 600 has a smaller (6” compared to the Epi’s 8”) speaker, but the Champ is much more compact at 11” wide x 12” high and 7-1/2” deep. And at only 15 pounds, travelers can appreciate that it easily fits into a large suitcase (and leaves 35 pounds for jeans, toothpaste and Rogaine before the friendly ticket agent demands an additional $25).

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