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Fender Champion 100 Guitar Combo Amp  Black 

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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.

Loaded with versatile features and crisp Fender tone.

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 57 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (39)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (50)
  • Good power output (48)
  • Easy to use (42)
  • Warm / comfy (37)
  • Portable (35)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (42)
  • Home studio (40)
  • Outdoor events / games (34)
  • Amateur recording (21)
  • Professional recording (19)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (37), Professional musician (13), Novice (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

WOW. It sounds great for solid state!

I bought this to replace my frontman 212R and Mustang IV. I like the simplicity of the frontman and it had a good clean tone to work with, however this champion 100
is...Read complete review

I bought this to replace my frontman 212R and Mustang IV. I like the simplicity of the frontman and it had a good clean tone to work with, however this champion 100
is LEAPS AND BOUNDS BETTER. They actually put in an audio taper pot and replaced the linear pot that would jump from 1 to about 5 in volume. The champion has great volume control. I also have the mustang IV 2x12 combo and I think the Champion 100 sounds better. how you ask? simple. THEIR IS NO MORE DIGITAL HISS IN THE AMP MODELING. I loved the bassman model in the mustang, but could never get passed to trailing off digital hiss. what ever Fender did, they fixed it here. Ive had trouble finding the EXACT amp models for this amp online, so I will post them here. they are Tweed Bassman, Tweed Deluxe (clean), Tweed Deluxe (dirty), Tweed Champ, 65 Twin, 65 Deluxe, 65 Princeton (clean), 65 Princeton (dirty), 60's British Clean, 60's British Dirty, 70's British, 80's British, Fender Super-Sonic, 90's Metal, 2000 Metal, and "jazzmaster" (Roland JC120). It has a whole lot of effects and a GOOD SPRING REVERB WITH THAT FAMILIAR "PLUNK" SOUND. The amp also responds well to rolling off the volume. I took a chance with this amp and it payed of great. Im very happy with it, as I hardly ever feel compelled to write reviews. A WORD OF ADVICE! THE SPEAKERS NEED TO BE BROKEN IN! Put a HEAVY blanket over this thing and crank it for a bit. It sounded a bit "cold" until the speakers were broken in, but after that, WHOA. If it were lost or stolen I would grab another in a heart beat. This amp is going to go up in price when it catches on. Do some research on its channel and FX switching. Very useful and handy. For being a solid state amp, it catches the Fender tone GREAT. Easy 9.5 out of 10 in my book. Ive recorded with it as well with GREAT results. I run the PRE OUT to my computer and use Kemper IR's with it. I know people wont believe me, but it sounds as god as my AXEFX standard in the fender realm. Dont beileve me? give it a try and prove me wrong! Conclusion, one happy camper here.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Update

This is an update of my earlier review. After several months with this amp, i've learned a few things....The tone controls interact with each other, meaning you can get a decent...Read complete review

This is an update of my earlier review. After several months with this amp, i've learned a few things....The tone controls interact with each other, meaning you can get a decent sound out of it, but no more. If you want some extreme tones (high treble, for example), there's no way to get them with these controls. Also, you can play gigs with the Champion 100, but you really have to crank up the volume to do so. If you have to dial it up past 7 to keep up with the rest of the band, you're overworking your amp. I think what they did was to give us a 100-watt amp that only puts out 50 watts acoustically (100 watts PEAK POWER, instead of RMS), and you need an extension speaker cab to get full power. Problem is, there's no extension speaker jack in the back of it for that purpose. At higher volumes, it's hard to tell the difference between 100 watts and 50 watts, and at bedroom volume 20 watts is loud. But if you have to dial up the volume of an amp to 7 or more to keep up, when all of your other 100-watters keep up at somewhere between 3 and 5, you've got a 50-watt amplifier, and that's what the Champion 100 is.......It's still a decent-sounding, portable, feature-packed amp that'll play smaller gigs with ease. But if you want full power, you're going to have to jury rig it somehow, or install a speaker jack........

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Limited Functions
  • Weak

Best Uses

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

Comments about Fender Champion 100 Guitar Combo Amp:

This is an update of my earlier review. After several months with this amp, i've learned a few things....The tone controls interact with each other, meaning you can get a decent sound out of it, but no more. If you want some extreme tones (high treble, for example), there's no way to get them with these controls. Also, you can play gigs with the Champion 100, but you really have to crank up the volume to do so. If you have to dial it up past 7 to keep up with the rest of the band, you're overworking your amp. I think what they did was to give us a 100-watt amp that only puts out 50 watts acoustically (100 watts PEAK POWER, instead of RMS), and you need an extension speaker cab to get full power. Problem is, there's no extension speaker jack in the back of it for that purpose. At higher volumes, it's hard to tell the difference between 100 watts and 50 watts, and at bedroom volume 20 watts is loud. But if you have to dial up the volume of an amp to 7 or more to keep up, when all of your other 100-watters keep up at somewhere between 3 and 5, you've got a 50-watt amplifier, and that's what the Champion 100 is.......It's still a decent-sounding, portable, feature-packed amp that'll play smaller gigs with ease. But if you want full power, you're going to have to jury rig it somehow, or install a speaker jack........

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great amp for the money

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from Madison, Alabama USA

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • It has a lot of volume.
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

  • No back on amp.
  • Not applicable for most amp stands.

Best Uses

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

Comments about Fender Champion 100 Guitar Combo Amp:

I had to add a 1x2 inch wooden strip across the back to allow for using an amp stand so I could tilt the amp and point it into the air at a 45 degree angle thus getting away from floor sound reflections. Other than that this is a great amp for the money.

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5.0

CAN'T GO WRONG!

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from Cincinnati, OH

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Fender Champion 100 Guitar Combo Amp:

    Used to play with a full band (full drum kit) at a small bar. I was playing lead (louder than everything else) and I only had it turned up to 4..

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Exceeded My Expectations By Miles and Miles

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    from Virginia

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    Pros

    • Affordable
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Fender Champion 100 Guitar Combo Amp:

      This amp exceeded my expectations with all the built-in effects and voicings. I considered postponing a rating until I used it more, but it would be unfair to others who are evaluating this product. I have been postponing an amp upgrade until I could afford one of the Fender Reverb amps, but I was happily surprised when it arrived with built-in effects (reverb, chorus, delay, tremolo, vibrato, and wah) and the various voicings (blackface, british, metal, tweed, and jazz) with two channels and a pedal to switch between channels (channel 2 has the voicings) and to activate the effects on both channels. I'm still playing with various combinations and also doubling up with my existing fx pedals for sounds I could not imagine on my other setups. It's the best value in an amp anywhere.

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      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I would buy this product again!

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      from Clinton, AR

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Great tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Performances

        Comments about Fender Champion 100 Guitar Combo Amp:

        I play in a christian band and this amp is excellent. I have no trouble with volume and the amp is easily heard over drums and other instruments. The amp is easy to use live and provides excellent tone and easy to use effects. This amp comes closer to that vintage Fender Tube Amp tone than any amp I have ever owned.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Just what I was looking fo

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        from Lake Ariel, PA

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Just wailing away
          • Performances

          Comments about Fender Champion 100 Guitar Combo Amp:

          Looking for a 2 channel combo powerhouse this is it.

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          5.0

          Fender's secrete is out!!!

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          from Pensacola, Florida

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Fender Champion 100 Guitar Combo Amp:

              I was looking for a backup amp, just in case. I have been a tube amp player for years and still am. Recently, I was playing a gig for some very special people and my tubes exploded!!! Thank god my bass player and drummer kept the groove going. I powered up the Champion 100, not knowing what to expect. I dialed up a tweed and reverb real quick and was amazed! This amp sounded great and saved the night. Since then I took the Champion seriously and practiced with it. It has an amazing tone and volume to spare. Crank it up the gain and it becomes a beast. You will not find another solid state amp that competes with it. The only thing I don't like about it does not have 220 volt capability so I can take it with me overseas.

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              (5 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              like it dont love it

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              from indiana pa

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              Pros

                Cons

                • Difficult To Use

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about Fender Champion 100 Guitar Combo Amp:

                This amp would of got 4 or 5 stars but there is one big problem with it, the effects that you can dial in farely easy do not all have reverb, so the wah setting or the flange effect when you dial in the effects it doesnt have the reverb cause reverb is its own separate effect, fender amps are known for there reverb and this amp needs a reverb knob on both channels, so now i have to buy a reverb pedal to run reverb with a flange or wah, it does have reverb + chorus, and reverb + delay but thats it, this amp is very loud and can prolly handle a pretty big show but thats a huuuuge problem not having a reverb knob, besides that its good

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                5.0

                Still love this amp

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                from Summit,Ms

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • back up amp
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Mobile DJ
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Fender Champion 100 Guitar Combo Amp:

                I've had this amp about six months and I'm still amazed with the tone that comes out of this solid state box.However I did have a problem with it . After four months after the warranty ran out,it just died. So I took it to my local music store and the tech guy removed some screws,slid the amp chassis out.One of the wires to the power cord was improperly crimped.He easily repaired it,plugged in a Strat and started playing some Hendrix.Oh my God! the sound that came out made both of our jaws drop,his because it was only a solid state amp,mine because I had yet to play my Fender guitar through it.I love to blend this amp with my Peavey and Carvin using a Morely ABC box,it gives me everything I need.

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                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Amp for a Puritan like Me

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                from Dyer, Indiana

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                Pros

                • Excellent Sound
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Performances

                  Comments about Fender Champion 100 Guitar Combo Amp:

                  I was looking for a powerful clean (Fender type) sound and the occasional dirty for leads on certain songs. This amp has it. If I need a delay, then I use my delay pedal, not this amp's delay. The effects this amp offers may be desired by some but not me. I needed a strong powerful clean sound without having to spend a lot of money and this amp has it. My drummer told me that he felt like I punched him in the jaw with this kind of power. This amp is just what I needed and for a great price. Thanks again MF.

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