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I thought I'd share a few pictures of the transformation my Fender Champion 600 has undergone. It started out as one of these: bone stock.
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The previous owner then stripped off the Tolex, changed the grill cloth and tweeded it into this beauty.
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Whoever did the tweed did an incredible job. It is flawless. But I thought it lacked a 'vintage' vibe. So this weekend I spent $10 at Rona on a can of Minwax Polyshades Honey Pine Satin...
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...applied 3 coats with a disposable foam brush (letting it dry for about an hour between coats) and turned it into this...
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...Before (Left) After (Right)
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I'm really happy with the way it turned out. And if you haven't tried one, these little Champion 600s are a really fun and inexpensive tube amp to play around with. I paid $300 CAN for mine with the upgraded Weber speaker and some upgraded tubes.
 

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I like it and agree that these amps are cool. I prefer them stock to the mercury mag modification package. How is it with the upgraded speaker - big difference I bet?
 

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I like it and agree that these amps are cool. I prefer them stock to the mercury mag modification package. How is it with the upgraded speaker - big difference I bet?
I bought it used with the upgraded Weber Alnico in it so I never heard the stock speaker. I'd love to side-by-side it with a stock one though and see what the difference is. I have absolutely no complaints about it. It gets crunchy at about 6 with single coils. I leave it on 12 and control the volume on my guitar. Fantastic little bedroom amp and killer recording amp.
 

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This is useful info. My old tweed Princeton is looking awful weary, and I've never gigged with it since I bought it in 1976. It needs to go for a Minwax mani-pedi.
 

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This is useful info. My old tweed Princeton is looking awful weary, and I've never gigged with it since I bought it in 1976. It needs to go for a Minwax mani-pedi.
And the really good news--you'll only need the small 236ml can:) You could probably do 3 coats on about a dozen Princetons with the small can. BTW, a mid-70s tweed Princeton?! I must have one.
 
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