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Fender Champion 100 Guitar Combo Amp  

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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 36 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (34)
  • Excellent sound (32)
  • Easy to use (27)
  • Portable (26)
  • Warm / comfy (25)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (28)
    • Outdoor events / games (25)
    • Home studio (24)
    • Amateur recording (15)
    • Professional recording (13)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (24), Professional musician (7), Novice (4)

    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

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    great amp

    By Steve

    from Summit Ms.

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Fender Champion 100 Guitar Combo Amp:

    I was very surprised with this amps tone at higher volumes being a solid state amp.The clean channel sounds equally good as my Peavey Stereo Chorus 400 tube amp,while maintaining that Fender tone that we all love.I actually like the over drive channel better than the Peavey. The foot switch is built like a tank and uses a 1/4" mono jack instead of the cable being directly wired in like the Peavy.This amp has plenty of power but doesn't have external speaker jacks.In my early days I used a Fender Bandmaster amp and this Champ 100 beats it hands down.

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    4.0

    Excellent Amp!

    By muktie 23

    from High point NC

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    Pros

    • Good Warmth
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Fender Champion 100 Guitar Combo Amp:

      Sounds great!I Started gigging around 1983 and used nothing but tubes,I swore by them (fender ,marshal,carvin) my friend barry was one of the first creators of a solid state amp that could voice a tube sound and he sold me on it around 94 or 95. When i heard the champion it became my first choice it blows the other models out of the water..the best part is it sounds great and you have built in reverb and delay , you can set your sound and then use boxes strictly for solos you don't have to worry about messing up you rhythm settings, and the overdrive sounds are great you can get so many different sounds by rolling off the volume or tone on your guitar , it really gives you a lot of room to experiment, you can come up with your own thing , any way it's loud and it sounds really really good.

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      5.0

      Great Amp for the Price!

      By DickyBlue

      from Los Osos, CA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances

        Comments about Fender Champion 100 Guitar Combo Amp:

        This amp has power! The effects are good. I am still dialing it in playing with different settings. I love its sound, It gives my Les Paul that full bluesy feeling, especially in the neck pick up. Given the price range it cannot be beat. It is great for small and larger venues. I would definitely recommend this amp.

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        4.0

        good sounding amp . good buy

        By drex

        from sandmountain boaz alabama

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Performances

          Comments about Fender Champion 100 Guitar Combo Amp:

          good effects and punch ,sounds better than the tube amps, and i have had all kinds last 40 years.

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          5.0

          Great value, and sounds good, too.

          By Mike in TN

          from Nashville, TN

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances

            Comments about Fender Champion 100 Guitar Combo Amp:

            Bought this for my 17 year old son's birthday. Really pleased with the features, tone, weight, and overall price and value. Glad I chose this one, and he's having a lot of fun with it.

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            what the heck

            By on her poop list

            from mpls, mn

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Plastic Knobs And Face

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Fender Champion 100 Guitar Combo Amp:

            I recently purchased the champion 100 from GC. I was intending to get the 40 but for some reason they are not available. I play in a blues band and use a blue's jr as my main amp. Like most others I have been a tube player for most of my 40 years of playing but I and the rest of the band are getting away from the high volume issue and the jr works well for that. I wanted to get a back up amp because we all know how tubes can be. Enter the champ 100
            I used this live the other night just to see how it works and I have to say I am totally pleased with how it performed. We all know that solid state has come along way and if us tube guys are honest, solid state at low volume is way better than tube but at a moderate and high volume now that's a whole different story. We played at a normal small gig volume and this amp sounded excellent. The other guitar used a hot rod deluxe and the champ was just fine with it at about 5 on volume. This amp had the fender tone and punch and of course SS is not as warm but you didn't notice it, very well done. I plugged straight into it, used the black face dirty setting and was getting some great strat blues tones. I have to say for the money this amp is a winner and I probably will use it as a main amp. Did I mention that it isn't a back buster either.

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            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            1st impression''

            By gil

            from virginia beach

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Performances
              • Rehearsals

              Comments about Fender Champion 100 Guitar Combo Amp:

              I didn't do wrong with this combo amp I know fenders reputation and i proved that during gigs and rehearsals maybe you would too, price was right''

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              (18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              This amp really is a Champion

              By TG Hoffman

              from Kansas

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              Pros

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

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Gig With Live Band
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Practicing
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Fender Champion 100 Guitar Combo Amp:

              Here's the follow up and, I'm very impressed! When I started playing over 40 yrs. ago and, Fender was what everybody was using and, we played them hard. At that time everything was tube powered no solid state amps had entered the market yet. Sure they sounded Great but, the tubes could be a pain, especially when 1 or more of them would give you problems. At that time you could buy tubes everywhere even at the grocery store and, tube testers were everywhere but, those days are gone and, the price of tubes has gone through the roof. Traveling with a tube amp is not a good deal for a giging musician SS amps are much more dependable in this dept. Studio work and, maybe tubes would be OK.
              I love the Black Face Look of this amp, the sound is excellent, typical of what I expected from a Fender amp and, the effects sound Great! I also really enjoy the channel switching and, being able to turn the effects on or off with the footswitch.
              I play in a Classic Rock/Country band so I load the first channel clean with a little reverb delay and, the second channel with crunch and effects also. It's a perfect setup, easy to use and setup is a no brainer. I recieved this amp on a Thursday and did a gig Friday with very little tweaking. As a working musician I apprecaite this simplicity because I have always felt that my time should be devoted to my performance and, not fiddling with knobs or settings.
              This is a Great amp for a very reasonable price tag with the performance and, features that a novice or a professional musician would appreciate.

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              (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              A winner with a full band

              By varock

              from VA

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • 100 Watts
              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Portable
              • Powerful

              Cons

              • Almost Tone Of Tube Amp

              Best Uses

              • Garage Band
              • Performances

              Comments about Fender Champion 100 Guitar Combo Amp:

              I'm the owner of a Deluxe Reverb Reissue, which I really like - great sweet tube tone. However, it would get muddy on me when cranking it up, and breaks up pretty early. I was looking for something with more headroom and wouldn't break the bank. Something that would cut through the mix of a full band but not break up real early.

              I liked this amp from the start - very light weight for a 2x12, and sounded pretty good by itself. First time with the full band and very pleased - plenty of headroom and sits in the mix really well. With a keyboard, drums, bass, another guitar, etc. - I really can't tell the tone difference at all between this and the DRRI. Sure - if you're playing alone or recording then the DRRI is certainly a step better in tone. But this is probably the closest you'll get to a Twin for a fraction of the price and weight!

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Versatile amp

              By West Islander

              from Montreal, Qc.

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              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Excellent Sound
              • Good Warmth
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about Fender Champion 100 Guitar Combo Amp:

                I've had this amp now for 4 months and now able to tweak all the different sounds that it can produce. My favorite amp model is the 1st "British" model. The clean channel is really great and sounds amazing on songs like "Folsom Prison Blues" Good bang for the buck for sure. I had a friend scoff at the solid-state circuitry and when we played side by side with his expensive tube Vox, he no longer had a grin on his face.

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