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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 69 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (44)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (59)
  • Good power output (56)
  • Easy to use (53)
  • Warm / comfy (43)
  • Portable (42)

Cons

  • Limited functions (5)

Best Uses

  • Performances (52)
  • Home studio (48)
  • Outdoor events / games (42)
  • Amateur recording (26)
  • Professional recording (23)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (43), Professional musician (14), Novice (11)

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

 

Affordable, Giggable, but lacking in true attitude.

I bought this amp for a band member who's small amp was no match for our equipment. We needed something affordable, easy to use, and has a reputation for quality. I chose this...Read complete review

I bought this amp for a band member who's small amp was no match for our equipment. We needed something affordable, easy to use, and has a reputation for quality. I chose this model because I also own a fender stage 1600, and I figured this was the closest I could get to it in a newer amp.

Ergonomics: Light, easy to carry,store and stack. All knobs are easy to use and nothing is complicated

Clean Tone: simply wonderful sound, the effects channels are nice but need to be dialed in carefully to sound good, otherwise they are oversaturated and sound cheesy.

Dirty: Not so good. This one aspect is why this amp has such a low rating. The "voice" setting feature on the amp is just terrible. Rather than giving this amp it's own voice, it has software to mimic other amps from the past. Not only does it not work to its fullest potential, there is no way to shut it off. Even the plain blackface and tweed settings just don't sound right.

I like a very deep dirty distortion with lots of grind to it. The voice setting makes achieving this sound very difficult.

I would only recommend this amp to someone not concerned with the overdrive features.

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5.0

I have TWO doesn't that say it all?

By Ed C. in NC

from Raleigh, NC

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • a tad on the heavy side, but I'm old and weak

Best Uses

  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Fender Champion 100 Guitar Combo Amp:

I use them to play guitar and feed a keyboard / or / download tracks into her AUX input. Crystal clear all the way up the decibel range where your ears bleed. I'm going to enjoy wearing these out. Used daily.

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3.0

I bought this amp back in January .

By Paul

from West Covina

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

  • Voice selector does't work

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio

Comments about Fender Champion 100 Guitar Combo Amp:

I use this amp at home for practice. I take good care of it . The other day the amp started fading in and out . The problem seems to be the voice selector doesn't change to different amp models.

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4.0

A true Champion.

By Alien Rocker

from Roswell, NM.

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

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

Cons

  • Gain channel not so much.

Best Uses

  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Performances

Comments about Fender Champion 100 Guitar Combo Amp:

I have been reading other reviews on this amp and I have to say; "not loud enough... are you kidding me??". I run this amp on the clean channel using a Boss ME70 pedalboard, I have yet to turn it past 3 because my ears start to bleed. Definately loud enough and BTW, If your running your stage volume that loud, your doing it wrong (just saying). I have disovered that the onboard overdrive/modeling channel is something to be desired, may be great for some but I find it harsh and a bit hard to control. Effects are decent. Overall a good gigging or practice amp, not really missing my 350Lb tube amps yet.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

I would recommend this product

By millsjr02

from Tx.

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Fender Champion 100 Guitar Combo Amp:

    I've not tried the pedals and all of the different sound variations but what I have used so far is good. I did expect more power but it takes care of the need.

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    1.0

    No Longer An Amicable Companion :(

    By Trey

    from Boise, Idaho

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • Hiss
    • Limited Functions
    • No Longetivity
    • Poor Sound Quality
    • Weak

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Performances

    Comments about Fender Champion 100 Guitar Combo Amp:

    When it first came, i was in love, reasonably. The grill cloth cover was loose because the velcro didn't work, but i duct taped and moved on from that mess, and it sounded OK for 2 years but it's finally dissolved into muddy hiss machine that's not worth it's value in scrap. Please do yourself a favor and save up, i wish i had.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Fender Champ 100

    By KT

    from Memphis

    About Me Experienced

    Ask me a question

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Limited Functions

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Fender Champion 100 Guitar Combo Amp:

    This amp totally blew me away. It is a very powerful amp with some great sounds. I have used this in various gyms and arenas. It has great clarity as well as a nice warm sound.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Incredible value

    By Wholetone

    from Raleigh,NC

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Fender Champion 100 Guitar Combo Amp:

      Simply put, this is the best solid state amp available for less than four hundred clams. I "downgraded" from a smaller tube amp (Fender Excelsior) and haven't regretted it for a moment. The tone is great, the presence is strong, and the effects are fun and interesting. The selling point of this amp is the wide variety of Tweed, Blackface, British, and other classic amp tones you can choose from. The tones are crisp and buttery and great for rock, funk, and even jazz. Obviously it's not going to have the same warmth as a tube amp, but it comes darn close.

      A lot of the reviewers are taking off points for the poor distortion performance, which I'll address with two points:

      1) The built-in distortion is fine. Not amazing, but it's fine.
      2) If you're relying on your baked-in amp effects instead of an effects pedal, you are doing it wrong.

      Anyway, the amp is powerful and versatile, and also surprisingly light! It's the best amp available at this price point. Mine came with a footswitch, too. If you're looking for massive sound, awesome portability, and a huge selection of tones, don't hesitate!

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very Very nice. This amp is what I have been looking. Great!

      By Gman

      from Centreville, Md

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Fender Champion 100 Guitar Combo Amp:

        This amp is the perfect portable amp for 90% of recordings and performances or gigs.

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        (0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Don't know yet

        By Uncle Ant

        from Long Island, New York

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • I'm very impressed on all the fetures it has

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Fender Champion 100 Guitar Combo Amp:

            To play music at home. I get music off the internet and play to relax. I was a professional drummer in a rock band, and now that I have a straight job this is how I get off. I haven't plugged in yet, but I think I will be 100% happy. I have a deluxe 112 fender now, and this seam so much cooler.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Affordable, Giggable, but lacking in true attitude.

            By Wabaanimkii

            from Michigan

            About Me Novice

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Portable

            Cons

            • Limited Functions

            Best Uses

            • Performances

            Comments about Fender Champion 100 Guitar Combo Amp:

            I bought this amp for a band member who's small amp was no match for our equipment. We needed something affordable, easy to use, and has a reputation for quality. I chose this model because I also own a fender stage 1600, and I figured this was the closest I could get to it in a newer amp.

            Ergonomics: Light, easy to carry,store and stack. All knobs are easy to use and nothing is complicated

            Clean Tone: simply wonderful sound, the effects channels are nice but need to be dialed in carefully to sound good, otherwise they are oversaturated and sound cheesy.

            Dirty: Not so good. This one aspect is why this amp has such a low rating. The "voice" setting feature on the amp is just terrible. Rather than giving this amp it's own voice, it has software to mimic other amps from the past. Not only does it not work to its fullest potential, there is no way to shut it off. Even the plain blackface and tweed settings just don't sound right.

            I like a very deep dirty distortion with lots of grind to it. The voice setting makes achieving this sound very difficult.

            I would only recommend this amp to someone not concerned with the overdrive features.

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