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Fender Champion 20 Guitar Combo Amp  Black 

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Crystal-clear Fender clean and a bevy of tonal options.

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 20W Champion 20 features a single 8" Special Design speaker, 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 a single channel that has selectable amp voicings, 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
  • 20 watts
  • 8 Fender Special Design speaker
  • Single channel and input
  • Reverb, delay/echo, chorus, tremolo, Vibratone and other effects
  • Different amp voicings and distortion types
  • 1/8 auxiliary input and headphone output jacks

SPECIFICATIONS

Champion 20 Guitar Combo Amp

  • Electronics
    Voltage: 120V
    Wattage: 20 Watts
    Controls: Channel 1: Volume, Channel 2: Gain, Volume, Voice. Master: Treble, Bass, FX Level, FX Select, TAP
    Channels: One - (with Selectable Amp Voice)
    Inputs: One - 1/4"
    Effects Loop: Effects Loop (Preamp Out, Power Amp In) for use with Outboard Effects
    Hardware
    Cabinet Materia: 7-ply 3/4" medium-density fibreboard
    Amplifier Covering: Black textured vinyl
    Grille Cloth: Silver
    Amplifier Jewel: Red LED
    Front Panel: Black angled
    Handle: Molded plastic strap with nickel-plated caps
    Speakers
    Speakers: One - 8" Fender Special Design
    Total Impedance: 8 ohms
    Measurements
    Depth: 7.5"
    Height: 12.75"
    Width: 13.75"
    Weight: 12 lb.
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FenderChampion 20 Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.5

(based on 32 reviews)

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    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (30)
  • Easy to use (28)
  • Excellent sound (23)
  • Good power output (22)
  • Warm / comfy (19)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (19)
  • Amateur recording (12)
  • Outdoor events / games (9)
  • Performances (8)
  • Professional recording (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (18), Professional musician (7), Novice (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

good little amp

As the bassist in the band I wanted a small guitar amp for practicing my 6 string and doing my home recordings. I tried a Line 6 but took it back, too much malarky...Read complete review

As the bassist in the band I wanted a small guitar amp for practicing my 6 string and doing my home recordings. I tried a Line 6 but took it back, too much malarky to wade through for too little return. I was weary of the Mustang and Peavy for the same reason. The Champion 20 is easy to use, perfect for those of us who want to dial it in, not spend hours fooling with half arsed presets or creating new ones. Plug in and tweek your sound on the dials, the way it's always been done.

The "amp models" are really just tone variations and you dial in the basic models. Let's face it you're not getting a true Tweed or blackface sound from an 8" solid state amp, ain't happenig. You can get a those "style tones" but it's more about just having options in sound. Good sounding basic effects as well. In amateur recording it sounds worlds better than trying to use amp models and basic effecs in my DAW.

I gig as a bass player so I won't perform with this amp. If I did a guitar gig I would not hesitate to bring this to a small coffee house type setting. Or even mic into it for a slightly larger venue.

Small enough to carry around the house or throw into the car for a little show. Loud enough to be heard. Very attactive classic Fender styling.

Overall I call this the best amp I've found in the price range. Excellent value.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Small but loud

This amp is quite loud, but lacks the real Fender tone of their previous models. It has numerous features, but overall just lacks the real sound I wanted, so I sent it...Read complete review

This amp is quite loud, but lacks the real Fender tone of their previous models. It has numerous features, but overall just lacks the real sound I wanted, so I sent it back. In fact the 40 watt. as well as the Mustangs seemed to completely lack the Fender tone, such as what the Sidekick, Twin Reverb, Showman, etc...produce. It is not something that depends on size, but is a characteristic tone that these amps do not have. I know there is nothing in this price range to produce that sound, so you must pay more if you really want it.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Little Amp!, BUT-No Effects loop!

By Wildmann

from Cocoa, [beach], Fl.

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Fender Champion 20 Guitar Combo Amp:

    This has the Typical Fender Clean/Crisp sound, as much as a Solid State amp Can! Effects are good. I keep this 20 watt Fender 'Champ'[ and a 15 watt Fender 'Acoustasonic'] amp on top of a file cabinet, in my Office . That way, I can play whenever! Lot of sound, small footprint! I have Roland, Peavey, Orange,Fender, Behringer amps, 13 total. I am a former Road Musician, now local, and have owned a Guitar/ Amp/ Musical Inst. shop, in the '70s. I own 36 guitars, SOOoo-- I'm a pretty good judge of Musical Equipment!

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    5.0

    Cool Amp!!!

    Comments about Fender Champion 20 Guitar Combo Amp:

    Great practice amp.Features are plenty.Looks great at the right price

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    5.0

    Good Little Amp

    By Phillip

    from undisclosed

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Fender Champion 20 Guitar Combo Amp:

      Nice little 20W amp.
      Sounds like a much bigger amp than it is.
      I use it for my Dean Vendetta 1.0 at home and am more than satisfied.

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      4.0

      Very good small amp with perks and sound

      By Jbird

      from Tx.

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Fender Champion 20 Guitar Combo Amp:

        Good size and sound

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        5.0

        For the money, this thing is ridiculously good

        By FXSTRINGSAREGREAT

        from Charlotte, NC

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Fender Champion 20 Guitar Combo Amp:

            This thing is perfect for home practice. With 5 different amp models as well as 5 different tone combos that can be applied, this thing can make a lot of nice sounds. You just can't go wrong for only one Benjamin or less if you have a coupon. Very light as well and easy to transport.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            It Gets The Job Done !!!

            By Fully

            from B

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            Pros

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

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Fender Champion 20 Guitar Combo Amp:

            I'm a "retired" professional player. I also have years of studio experience. If you are looking for a convenient and handy little amplifier to nail down your creative tonal recordings, do NOT pass up the Fender Champion 20. In a nutshell, it kicks butt !!! I have a classic Fender Princeton Reverb. However, the Champ 20's Princeton circuit NAILS the bigger amp's tone. I have played many of the other actual amplifiers offered in the preset voices in the Champion 20, and I have not yet been displeased. I bought my Champion 20 on 28NOV2013 from Musician's Friend and it has delivered for me day in and day out. I record almost daily.

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            (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Poor sound quality

            By Guitarman

            from Bergen, NJ

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Poor Sound Quality

              Best Uses

                Comments about Fender Champion 20 Guitar Combo Amp:

                Poor sound quality. No more pros.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Little Amp, Just What I Needed!

                By edman_ad70

                from Glenpool, OK

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Good Warmth
                • Incredible Versatility
                • Portable
                • Powerful
                • Rugged, Solid Craftsmanship

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Practice

                  Comments about Fender Champion 20 Guitar Combo Amp:

                  I was actually searching for an effects pedal and stumbled on this amp, with built-in effects. Plus it was a Fender. Plugged in my Strat, and WOW. Great sound. Loud enough for my needs Effects sound great to my ears. No need for a separate pedal. Just dial up your effect level and voice and play. Simple to use, lightweight, well built, and won't break the bank. Incredible value.

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                  (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  Small but loud

                  By box211

                  from NJ

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Portable
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                  • Poor Sound Quality

                  Best Uses

                  • Practice

                  Comments about Fender Champion 20 Guitar Combo Amp:

                  This amp is quite loud, but lacks the real Fender tone of their previous models. It has numerous features, but overall just lacks the real sound I wanted, so I sent it back. In fact the 40 watt. as well as the Mustangs seemed to completely lack the Fender tone, such as what the Sidekick, Twin Reverb, Showman, etc...produce. It is not something that depends on size, but is a characteristic tone that these amps do not have. I know there is nothing in this price range to produce that sound, so you must pay more if you really want it.

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                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great amp for the money!

                  By Dwayne

                  from Waynesboro, VA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Portable
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                  • Limited Functions

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Fender Champion 20 Guitar Combo Amp:

                    Great little practice amp once you get used to the sound of solid state electronics. Perfect for what I needed.

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