#1
So I just ran across one of these in a pawn. Fender Super Champ XD.

Like new. 15W all-tube with some digital effects and, on channel 2, 16 different "voicings."

It was tagged at $250, but since I can get one brand new for $299, I was pretty sure I could get the seller down to $200.



My approach was this:

"Tom (you do know your pawnbroker by name, I hope!), my usual rule of thumb is that a good deal for used gear is one-half of "street" price new. These street for $299, and I can get an open-box new w/same warranty for $270. Give me your best price."

Then I checked all around the clock on the effects and voicings, everything seemed to work, even hooked it up to my open-back 2x12. Plenty loud, sounds good. Played with both single coils (Gretsch Special Jet with DeArmond 2000's) and humbuckers (DeArmond Jet Star with Gold Tones).

Total damage?

$175 USD!

Ka-ching!

I'ma try it out at church band practice in a couple hours.
#4
Quote by Hoodoo Child
nice haggling

HNAD


Haha, thanks.

I'm on good terms with this particular pawnbroker. He's a good guy. I told him my "rule of thumb" being half of "street," but also let him know that I realized this was a VERY clean amp and let him know that my rule of thumb was not an absolute barrier. The $175 price was one he gave me, and I think very fair.

I make a point of going in once or twice a week (this pawn is just a couple blocks from my office), and buying DVD's (they're only $3, after all) to support him in some small way between large purchases, and have also done him some small favors over the years (such as suggesting simple things he could do, like tightening tuning pegs on guitars that are slipping, and one time even pricing an item for him on the fly, when he had some kids interested in something that he hadn't priced yet). He also knows that I have tons of guitars and amps and am thus not "needy" of anything he has, but will buy a good deal.

It's good to know your pawnbroker by his first name.
#5
HNAD!

Your amp has the "XD"-smiley on it.
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#6
its not all tube is it? i dnt think so, but still a great steal!
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#9
Quote by guitaro69
its not all tube is it? i dnt think so, but still a great steal!

There are three tubes, it's 15W tube power amp with two 6V6 tubes and a 12AX7 preamp tube. So, all tube, in both the pre-amp and amp stages.

The distortion voicings are digital/solid state though.
#10
Quote by Brian Krashpad
There are three tubes, it's 15W tube power amp with two 6V6 tubes and a 12AX7 preamp tube. So, all tube, in both the pre-amp and amp stages.

The distortion voicings are digital/solid state though.

I believe I've read somewhere that the clean channel is run through the tube but like you said the distortions are digital. So it's sort of a quarterhybrid... or something.

Nevertheless, a good amp's always a good amp, HNAD
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