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Fender Champion 100 Guitar Combo Amp Black 

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Overview

  • Power: 100W solid state
  • Two channels — Blackface clean and selectable amp voice
  • Speakers: two 12” Fender Special Design
Description & Specs
  • MSRP:
    $419.99
  • Your Savings:
    - $120.00
  • Your Price:
    $29999

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Loaded with versatile features and crisp Fender tone.

Simple to use and versatile enough for any style of guitar playing, there's a Champion amp that's right for you whether you’re looking for your first practice amp or affordable stage gear. The 100W, dual-channel Champion 100 features two 12" Special Design speakers, with great amp voices and effects that make it easy to dial up just the right sound — from jazz to country, blues to metal and more.

It features two footswitchable independent channels: channel one delivers classic Fender clean tone based on amps like the Twin Reverb, and channel two has selectable amp voicing, including Blackface, British, Metal, Jazz and Tweed, for a wide array of tonal variety. Each channel offers selectable FX, including delay, chorus, reverb and more.

Features

  • Power: 100W solid state
  • Two channels — Blackface clean and selectable amp voice
  • Speakers: two 12” Fender Special Design
  • 1/8” aux. input
  • 1/8” headphone output
  • FX loop
  • Built-in FX: Reverb, Delay/Echo, Chorus, Tremolo, Vibratone and more -- Delay time and Tremolo speed can easily be set with the Tap button
  • Front panel: Black angled
  • Grill cover: Black "Bronco" vinyl covering with silver grille cloth
  • Dimensions: 10.25" x 26" x 19"
  • Weight: 40 lbs.
  • Two-button footswitch included
 
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FenderChampion 100 Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.6

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (8)

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    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (12)
  • Good power output (12)
  • Easy to use (11)
  • Portable (9)
  • Warm / comfy (9)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (10)
    • Outdoor events / games (9)
    • Performances (8)
    • Amateur recording (5)
    • Professional recording (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (9), Novice (3)

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great all the way around built to play

    By Spike

    from Ocala Florida

    About Me Novice

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • All I Can Say Is Wow
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Just Everything You Want

    Comments about Fender Champion 100 Guitar Combo Amp:

    you will love this thing

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Very nice!!

    By J Dick

    from Perris, Ca.

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • No external speaker jack

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Mobile DJ
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Fender Champion 100 Guitar Combo Amp:

    Excellent amp. I'm not a big tube guy anymore, and I really like what Fender has been doing with it's solid state stuff. Like the Mustang III I used to have, this one has several amp models and effects, but the Champion sounds a bit more analog. Of course, I'll never use all these features, but they're nice to have. The amp does have a couple of sweet spots.....The tone controls aren't like what I'm used to. Small adjustments to the treble, mid, and bass controls can affect each other, as well as the overall tone of the guitar, but the different amp models seem to make up for this, and I'm having no trouble getting great sounds. Also, I'm able to squeeze some fine guitar tones out of the metal amp settings by lowering the gain, which has been a problem with past SS Fenders......I never would've thought stock Fender speakers would sound so great, but these chalky-sounding speakers balance out the sterile SS feel of the amp tone, making it sound more tube-like, and I'm impressed.....The only drawback I see is that there's no external speaker jack in the back. I sometimes like to stack my combos on a 4x12 cab, and I can jury rig this amp, but I'd rather not have to. Also, it does tend to amplify electrical signals from other sources (noisy drills from the neighbor next door, or neon lights, for example), so you might consider a power conditioner for those unfamiliar bar gigs...Overall, I am extremely pleased with my purchase, and I recommend this amp to anyone--

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    soulfull sound. And loud.

    By Tom Flake

    from Early, TX.

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Fender Champion 100 Guitar Combo Amp:

      I love the sound of this amp, but my pedals don't sound right. My wah sounds too light and distant compared to use on my last amp. My distortion pedal also sounds bad on this amp. I am sure I am doing something wrong because I see people say their pedals sound great on it. I would love some input on how I can fix this problem for me.

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      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Perfect Sound

      By Ross

      from Las Vegas, NV

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Incredible Cleans
      • Incredible Tone
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Jamming
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Fender Champion 100 Guitar Combo Amp:

      Okay, let me start off by saying that I was extremely amazed with amp; from coming from a little Fender Mustang 1 (20W)for 2 years this was an insane upgrade and wouldn't trade this amp for the world.

      The two channel system was new to me but one of the best things I have seen come from an amp because not only did Fender focus just as much on the distorted channel but they master the art of the clean sound and you really really can tell with this amp. I have heard people say that the clean sound is so good that you can play a acoustic through it and I am almost sure that's complete fact because when you hear it you'll know.

      The amount of things that you can do with this amp is immeasurable, absolutely incredible. From the gain to the mids to the bass and trebble. The amount of control you have over your tone is massive. This is probably the best investment I have made into my guitar besides my guitar itself. If you like playing with spectacular tone get this amp, you won't be disappointed.

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      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Deal!

      By Bob-_WXm.

      from Tenn

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events

        Comments about Fender Champion 100 Guitar Combo Amp:

        So far, I am very pleased with this amp and very impressed.

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Good amp; great customer service!

        By SAVROCK

        from Savannah, Georgia

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • Not Sturdy

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Fender Champion 100 Guitar Combo Amp:

        Needed an amp quickly to replace broken gear before I went on the road. Ordered this one. The amp arrived as scheduled, but not without issues. Box was torn to hell and back, punctured and showed signs of impact - probably due to damage during shipping. The cabinet itself had a 6" crack on the left side, and several smaller cracks inside near the speakers. I immediately called customer service, and they arranged to pick up the bad amp, and ship a replacement overnight - the only question I was asked was whether or not I felt that it was damaged at the warehouse, or damaged during shipping.

        Got the new amp, and it sounds good. Puts out a lot of sound; dynamics and quality are both what you'd expect for a product in this price range. Word of caution: Obviously the first amp did not survive shipping, even in its box with protective styrofoam. This leads me to question its durability on the road. I am meticulous and careful with my gear, so I don't see this as being an immediate concern, but unless you're like me, I'd either pay special attention to how you handle this amp, or go buy another one.

        I'm pleased with this purchase, and even more pleased with the response from Customer Service in getting me an amp before I hit the road!

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Small and powerful

        By Jim

        from Hoffman Estates, Il

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          Cons

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              Comments about Fender Champion 100 Guitar Combo Amp:

              OK, this is my second Fender Champ 100 (and second review). Like someone else posted, I bought my first amp on Black Friday in November and it burned out only after a few weeks. Maybe we had prototypes or 'test' amps because they were one of the first sold. The pain of being first to buy the 1st version.

              But Musicians Friend took a lot of the pain away. They did all they could do - sent me a return sticker at their cost and then sent me a new AMP a soon as Fender could catch up on the backlog. Just got the replacement in the middle of January.

              Hopefully Fenders backlog was due to knowing about this problem and fixing this to make sure it's right before shipping more. For this problem I took away a star. Still love the amp and power. Lets hope Fender fixed the problem.

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              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Fender Champion 100 Amplifier

              By LesPaul1

              from Medina, OH

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Fender Name For Quality
              • Portable
              • Powerful
              • Versatile Sound Effects

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about Fender Champion 100 Guitar Combo Amp:

                1st new Fender Chamnpion 100 amp ordered on Black Friday was shipped within several days of the order, however, this amplifier only last about 2 weeks, where this amp's power would cut off within 1 minute of it being turned on.

                For this incident, a "Free" postage paid UPS return label was provided, which was a "BIG PLUS" in the consumer not having to pay for return shipping of a defective product.

                Muscian's Friend promptly expedited another new Fender Champion 100 amp within 3 days of my call so I would have it before Christmas. I have been "rockin" ever since the 2nd amp was shipped.

                I will continue to do additional business with Musician's Friend--they ROCK above and beyond others!!!!

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Powerful purchase

                By Jak

                from Ames, IA

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Good Warmth
                • Portable
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Mobile DJ
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Fender Champion 100 Guitar Combo Amp:

                  The choice of amp sounds and FX in this amp are way more than I expected. No buzz - phenomenally clean. Need to wear it in a bit I have read - but, to me, the sound was aces right out of the box. They said not to talk about the price here - so all I will say is that it was a steal. 100 Watts, and 2 speakers as well for true stereo FX! Fender has made a sweet thing here. I play an old Ibanez Artist through it. Look forward to becoming entirely at one with it. I can use it as an acoustic guitar amp as well. But we all know what 100 Watts is for...

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                  (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Small and powerful

                  By Jim

                  from Hoffman Estates, Il

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Good Warmth
                  • Portable
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Fender Champion 100 Guitar Combo Amp:

                      First let me say I'm no expert on amps. But I did do my research like most people do on the internet and this amp came out on top for the money. When I was a kid, I played in bands. I put the guitar down, got married, raised kids and here I am 40 years later. At 57-years old I decided to get back into playing. For now I'm just jamming with classic rock songs I grew up with. Every now and then I play with some friends… no gig playing (yet).

                      I'm using this amp with a Fender American Special HSS Strat I bought new last year. At that time I also got the Fender Mustang I to practice with. Originally I just wanted some sound. It worked fine but now I wanted to take it to the next level since I realized I loved playing again.

                      Needless to say, this amp fits the bill perfectly. It's great to feel the compression from the 2 12-inch speakers again. With my 12-string acoustic sitting on a stand about 15 feet from the amp, I can easily get some strings to vibrate and play and that's with the volume about 2/3rds. I also knocked down a picture frame on a wall and set off some motion sensitive Christmas decorations… it cracks me up. I'm very pleased with the power, tone and the various effects.

                      It really seems to make my pickup switch on the guitar more sensitive (front to back pickups) as well as the volume and tone controls on the guitar.

                      Having the foot switch is real handy as I switch back and forth all the time from the clean channel to the distortion in middle of songs and also to the various effects.

                      Very happy with the purchase as you really can't go wrong with Fender amps and even more happy with size of the amp... I'm to old to lug huge amps around.

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