Challenger Amplifier Co. Model CH8 Converted to Custom 8-Watt Guitar Amp Head

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Challenger Amplifier Co. Model CH8 Converted to Custom 8-Watt Guitar Amp Head 

 This is a seriously unique piece of equipment for your gear collection! This was originally a Model CH8 PA (Public Address) amp by the Challenger Amplifier Company, New York 12, NY, that was modified by our amp tech into a customized 8 watt guitar amp head. Our amp tech loves working with all things tubes and this was a passion project of his on our behalf. This can get LOUD for a small amp and has a surprisingly gritty tone, especially when dimed. Can be used with a multitude of different speaker cabinets.

   The mic input was replaced with a ruby jewel cover to let you know the amp is on once you engage the power knob on the far right. Plug in your guitar to the phono plug and use  the first knob for volume (mic) and the second knob for tone (phono). The tone selector knob has been replaced with a switch for either a normal or bright tone setting.

  This is an 8-watt, single-channel guitar head that was custom built. It uses 6L6GC or 6V6 power tubes. The 6sj7 socket is a dummy socket but it can hold a spare power tube to make it very simple to swap out different power tubes to use. The speaker outputs are on the back of the chassis.


2 x 6V6 Tube (One is RCA and one is Westinghouse)
1 x 6L6 Tube (General Electric)
1x 12AX7 Pre-Amp Tube (Mesa)

SPECIAL PACKAGING NOTE: All tubes will be removed from the amp and packed/shipped separately to insure safe arrival. This is our standard packaging procedure. Depending on space in the box for the amp, you may receive a separate parcel just for the tubes.

Head dimensions (including tubes) are approximately : 11" wide x 7 1/8" tall x 7" deep.

Approximate weight of the head is 8 lbs 10 ounces.

   We have had maintenance performed that was necessary to get this amp into excellent playing condition. All power supply capacitors were replaced, all tubes were tested and the power tubes were biased. Also, all of the electronics were cleaned and tested and the amp is in 100% complete working order. Check up & maintenance was performed by our esteemed friend & incredible electronics technician James W. Nicholls, proprietor of JWN Amplification & Electronics, located at Barracks Trading Post, Maple Shade, NJ.

   There is some slight edge wear & assorted scuffs & corrosion in assorted spots. The majority is on the rear of the chassis housing, mainly on the right upper corner. Absolutely no effect on the sonic capabilities of this custom build.
Please see photos for specific cosmetic condition.


  This equipment is immediately ready to perform & will give someone many years of enjoyment. Great for many types of ones' amplification needs. This could be a fine amp for rock, blues, jazz, rhythm & blues, soul, as well as for gigging, practicing, recording, etc. And, we're not biased, in the least! Obviously, this is being sold as is, with no implied warranties or guarantees of any kind whatsoever.

   We have had repairs performed that were necessary to get this amp into excellent playing condition.
If the buyer wishes to continue to upgrade this amp, that is entirely up to them. The transfer of ownership occurs when the buyer pays for this item. Upon buyer's receipt of item, seller will no longer be held liable for any defects, electronic problems or any other issues regarding this item.

    Since this is vintage, fragile electronic amplification equipment, our normal return policy DOES NOT APPLY TO THIS ITEM! It cannot be returned to us. We package professionally & this unit will be insured for the full valuation at our expense. We accurately represent all of our items. If you have questions please feel free to contact us for an in hand description. Also, take a look at our feedback which is currently at 15,000+ & has accumulated for the past 22+ years on the eBay website.

    Please inquire regarding international shipping rates prior to purchase or making us an offer. This item is subject to any prior sales, either on another online venue or in our bricks & mortar store. If you have any interest in purchasing this equipment, please feel free to make us an offer. We're full time general antique dealers and negotiating is a large part of our business. Just sayin'......


***Any & all shipping, insurance charges, taxes, etc will be the sole responsibility of the buyer.***


**SPECIAL NOTE: It is with a very heavy heart that we wish to share the news of the recent passing on
Dec 6, 2020, of our almost 12 year old red & white beagle, our beloved Ace. He was our mascot and namesake of this shop on He gave us the initial inspiration to sign up with, primarily due to the name that we chose to use on this fantastic website. He was also the chief of security & official greeter for our bricks & mortar shop, always ready to engage with the customers; tail wagging, always happy & forever on the lookout for any ingestible treats that our customers wished to share with him as well as a nice butt or belly rub.
  Ace is, and will continue to be, very sorely missed by all who knew him. Our shop will never be the same without his presence. But, his intense spirit and joie de vivre lives on, through our loving memories of him and also via this wonderful platform online. Love the heck out of ya, Acie!!

Sadly, Ellis
Ace's Axe Attic

TO ALL PROSPECTIVE BUYERS: If you are contemplating making us an offer on this or any of our other varied listings, please be fully prepared to follow through, pay for your item and consummate the deal if your offer is accepted by us. We have been hit hard lately by offers from buyers with little or even zero feedback or inexperience on this selling platform. These buyers never paid for their purchases.  Obviously, we would rather this never happen again, but sometimes it will occur no matter what our wishes are. Thank you for reading this far and for your patience and understanding as well. And, in the immortal lyrics from an early Steve Miller Band tune, “You gotta keep on, keepin on”!

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