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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
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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
 
4.5

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (9)

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    (6)

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    (1)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (14)
  • Good power output (14)
  • Easy to use (12)
  • Warm / comfy (11)
  • Portable (10)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (12)
    • Outdoor events / games (11)
    • Performances (10)
    • Amateur recording (7)
    • Professional recording (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (12), Novice (3)

    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

     

    Not the Frontman 212 AND 33% more $$

    This unit replaced the Fender Frontman 212 which was 199.00 just last year and now discontinued.
    Adding effects and a useless 1/8" jacks is not grounds for a 33% increase...Read complete review

    This unit replaced the Fender Frontman 212 which was 199.00 just last year and now discontinued.
    Adding effects and a useless 1/8" jacks is not grounds for a 33% increase in price..
    Aside from the spring reverb nobody buys this amp for the effects..
    Not a dignified move by Fender Executives

    Reviewed by 16 customers

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    4.0

    Best of both worlds

    By muktie 23

    from High point NC

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    Pros

    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Fender Champion 100 Guitar Combo Amp:

      Great Clean Sound!! And Excellent Crunch or distortion(overdrive)i have found this amp to be Much warmer then expected, i used tube amps most of my life only switching to solid state when a friend started a amp comp and asked me to sponsor his equipment, i was very impressed with the sounds he was able to get.so when it came time to get another amp i played the twin reverb back to back with the champ and the champs versitility and warmth won me over.

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      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Not the Frontman 212 AND 33% more $$

      By speedrover

      from Greensboro, NC

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Great Analog Dual 12

      Cons

      • No Spring Reverb

      Best Uses

      • Extremely versatile

      Comments about Fender Champion 100 Guitar Combo Amp:

      This unit replaced the Fender Frontman 212 which was 199.00 just last year and now discontinued.
      Adding effects and a useless 1/8" jacks is not grounds for a 33% increase in price..
      Aside from the spring reverb nobody buys this amp for the effects..
      Not a dignified move by Fender Executives

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Exceptional value and wonderful tones

      By rstuartcpa

      from Jacksonville

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Fender Champion 100 Guitar Combo Amp:

        I purchased this amp to take to open mics and jam sessions where thief, beer spills and cigarette burns are not just probable, they're likely. I've owned a couple of solid state amps, but my passion is Fender tube power. I've got a few of the "holy grail" Fenders like a blackface Super and silverface Deluxe plus a few tweed clones (Cox Amps…RIP Brian Cox)…but, I don't dare take them out to play.

        This amp will never replace my valve amps, but WOW this is great amp. It's a convergence of technology and cost effective production that is almost too good to be true. How could a solid state amp get such good reviews? It preforms like an amp many times its cost. But, it's not great because it's cheap…that's just the icing. This thing sounds great. I love the punchy clean tones of the Twin Reverb channel and even more the thick blackface tones on tap from the second channel. I could care less about the British tones, but here if you need them. The gain control sweeps from clean to super crunch without ear splitting volume, but that's on tap too. This amp doesn't push as much air as a real Twin, but it's pretty darn close.

        The effects and effect combinations are well conceived and realistic and the included foot switch makes the cannel and effect switching easy and useful. The cosmetics are great and the weight is only 40 lbs.! If you own only one amp for practice, recording, and gigging this is it. The combination of portability, versatility and affordability, is unmatched in the market today.

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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

        Comment on this review

        (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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        (5 of 5 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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          (11 of 11 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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          (4 of 5 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.

            Comment on this review

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Good amp; great customer service!

            By SAVROCK

            from Savannah, Georgia

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            Verified Buyer

            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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            (3 of 3 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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