Sadly, in the trend of YouTube to copyright hit even the educational vids, I've had to cut the section on Eric Clapton using a Champ on Derek and the Dominos "Layla and Other Love Songs". YouTube had cut the audio so I've now removed the video. So the somewhat awkward jump from the studio mention directly to Julian Lage is just that, a bit awkward with my apologies. I will be more hesitant to use music in the same way in the future videos (see my video on the Deluxe Amp as an example.) Thanks for understanding and enjoy the content as it is. :)
*Argh! I made a mistake in my zeal for simplicity I overstated the longevity of the simple three tube compliment in Champs. Many of my august subscribers (thank you, sincerely) pointed out that the early champs had an octal, 6SJ7 preamp tube, which is absolutely correct. Mea culpa. And thanks for watching.
The Fender Champ has been around in one form or another since 1948. Production of the original circuit was discontinued in 1982 but by then so many Champs have been built or clones of the originals around, that they are still a mainstay in recording studio both large and small.
Here at Five Watt World I've long been fascinated with the perfection of different five watt amps for studio recording and practicing. All the trouble of adding a gain pedal or compressor to make you 15 or 30 watt amp act like it's at "breathing volume" is unnecessary with a 5 watt amp already "breathing" at living room volumes.
And yes, I know that the live audio clips I've used either (other than the Julian Lage clip) don't use the original Champs but this is the best way to include the songs without running into copyright issues from one record company or another.
Thanks in particular to Dan Lurie at FYD Amps for his years of tutelage on Champs, putting up with my endless questions once I'd become obsessed by them.
I'm sure I didn't get every little thing right and I can count on the contributors over at TGP and TDPRI to help me out on this score no doubt. Thanks in advance. This is all about learning things and sharing that with others. Building a community of folks questioning how much we need to make music in our lives.