The ’86 Super Champ Deluxe featured here is one of the last examples of the modern circuitry upgrades that were housed in a more traditional package.


In response to a steep decline in amplifier sales in the late ’70s and early ’80s, Fender restructured their amplifier design team in 1982. Managed by Paul Rivera—of Rivera Amplification fame—the team moved quickly in creating the II Series of Fender Amps, which were produced until 1986. Often called “Rivera-era amps,” this line included recognizable model names like the Showman, Deluxe Reverb, and Twin Reverb, as well as new models, like the Studio Lead, London Reverb, and Montreux. Each model sported one or more modern upgrades, including master volume controls, channel switching, active tone controls, graphic equalizers, and effects loops, among others.

The ’86 Super Champ Deluxe featured here is one of the last examples of the modern circuitry upgrades that were housed in a more traditional package. With a nod to the early days of Fender Tweed amplifiers, the Super Champ Deluxe amps came with a natural oak cabinet and brown grille cloth. Two 6V6GTs pumped 18 watts of power into a 10" speaker, while a Master Volume knob controlled the overall output volume. Pulling out the Volume knob, or hitting a button on the optional footswitch, engaged a mid-gain lead channel, re-routing extra gain from the 12AT7 tube driving the reverb on the clean channel. A second Lead Level knob controlled output for this lead channel. If the player needed some extra cutting power, a tug on the Treble control resulted in a strong midrange boost.


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Based on the body of the 7/8-scale Dinky model, the “super strat” Jackson PC1 has seen few changes over the course of its lifetime—the most noticeable being the headstock design.


Originally known for playing Ibanez Destroyers almost exclusively in his earliest days with Def Leppard, Phil Collen was introduced to the Jackson line by producer Robert “Mutt” Lange in 1983 while recording Pyromania. After meeting with Phil in person, Jackson owner Grover Jackson built a neck-through Soloist model to Phil’s specs, which paved the way to an endorsement of the Jackson line by the multi-platinum-selling guitarist. Over the next few years, the two worked together in building one of Jackson’s first artist signature guitars—the PC1.

Based on the body of the 7/8-scale Dinky model, the “super strat” Jackson PC1 has seen few changes over the course of its lifetime—the most noticeable being the headstock design. Early models featured the pointed Jackson headstock, but after Fender’s acquisition of the Jackson brand in 2002, a more traditional Strat-style headstock appeared on the model. The PC1 is shredder-approved with appointments including a 25.5" scale length, bolt-on quartersawn maple neck with 24 frets, and a 12" to 16" compound radius fretboard. The quilted maple-topped mahogany body shares the stage with DiMarzio Super 3 and HS2 pickups, as well as a Jackson Sustainer neck pickup. A Floyd Rose Original locking tremolo, along with matching gold hardware, rounds out the Phil Collen model. Available in a variety of colors, the Chlorine finish gives a watery shine to the guitar shown here.

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