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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 29 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (27)
  • Excellent sound (26)
  • Easy to use (22)
  • Portable (22)
  • Warm / comfy (19)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (21)
    • Outdoor events / games (21)
    • Performances (21)
    • Amateur recording (12)
    • Professional recording (11)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (19), Professional musician (5), 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

    This amp really is a Champion

    By TG Hoffman

    from Kansas

    About Me Professional Musician

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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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    (2 of 2 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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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Versatile amp

    By West Islander

    from Montreal, Qc.

    About Me Experienced

    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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      (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Looking forward-------------

      By TG Hoffman

      from Kansas

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Gig Amp
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Fender Champion 100 Guitar Combo Amp:

      I just ordered this amp and, I'm really looking forward to recieveing it. I've read a lot of reviews and, watched a lot of video revievs B4 I placed my order and, I didn't see or read anything that pointed out any bad elements of this amp.
      I really like having two channels that could be loaded with FX and the second one could do crunch or heavy or just slight overdrive. Also the footswitch that comes with this amp can switch channels and, turn on or off FX instantly, this is very helpful when performing live on stage.
      The features of this amp for the price paid is quite amazing, there have been a few people comment "get this amp B4 it goes up in price." I don't think that will be a problem. I have always liked the look of the Fender Black Face amps, I owned several of them back in the 60's "wished I still had them."
      I have owned several combo amps made by many different manufacturers in the last 40yr's of being a professional musician and, the tube thing just doesn't work for traveling and, giging a lot.
      I'm not knocking the tube amps or their sound but, keeping a full compliment of tubes in case replacement becomes necessary is a pain and, very expensive. The sound that can be achieved with a SS amp is quite satisfactory for just about any occasion or gig.
      At any rate I think that this amp will give me everything I want and, then some. I'll do a follow up review after I recieve it and, give a work out probably after I do a gig with it.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      nice!

      By RayZan

      from Reading, PA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Fender Champion 100 Guitar Combo Amp:

        this is a great amp for the price. I am having loads of fun so..... I'll get back to ya!

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Fender Champ 100 Amp

        By luke

        from Mich.

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Cabnet Resonates

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances

        Comments about Fender Champion 100 Guitar Combo Amp:

        The amp is a great buy for the money.But the cabnet resonates in the mid range pretty bad.Partly because the chassis vibrates to much.I placed duxseal in 3 places on the bottom of the chassis which helped alot.A 2x2 wood brace across the back also helps.The heavy chassis of the twin tube amp,makes it very rigid compared to this amp.I have to say however,they did their home work,on dialing in the sound you want.If you can't afford a twin,this is the way to go.

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        4.0

        great amp for the price

        By Tim

        from Sunset Beach NC

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        Pros

        • Clean sound
        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Plenty Of Punch
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Fender Champion 100 Guitar Combo Amp:

          This amp is a great value.It has great sound and nice effects. It has plenty of power for just about any venue.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Amazing Tobe

          By KP Gitfiddle

          from LAS VEGAS,NEVADA

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Fender Champion 100 Guitar Combo Amp:

            This Amp is full of surprises. I got it for the price. But, the Clean tones in CHANNEL ONE are so clear and loud it is truly amazing. The Gain channel is a work of art. Several AMP modeling tones . Both channels have their own separate effects modes. Flange, chorus ,etc. Footswitchable channel and effects. This amp is great for small gigs, recording. But could do larger gigs if miked.Needs line out, but with an adapter the headphone jack handles that duty. A great sounding amp for modern and vintage amp tones.

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            5.0

            Hellava Deal

            By DedHed

            from Pendleton, Oregon

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Fun
            • 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:

            Can't beat the price on this Fender amp. Lots of effects to play with.

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            5.0

            COMBO FOR THE AGES

            By XPJX OCMD

            from MARYLAND

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

            • Reverb Just Ok

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Fender Champion 100 Guitar Combo Amp:

            I have played in punk, hardcore, and indie bands for years. Never thought I would ever have a combo amp like this. However, solidstate has come worlds above what it once was. This combo helps me now sing the praises of combos as your main performance amp for these genres (Kurt Ballou/ converge plays live out of a combo now). This thing is loud enough for clubs, quiet enough to play at home. It has a ton of tones, most being really good for recording. No rattles, good construction. Wish there was gain/distortion on channel one. Wish it had a line out for extra 2 by 12". Wish it had XLR output. But really a great product for basically nothing.

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