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OVERVIEW

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
 
4.6

(based on 55 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (41)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (48)
  • Portable (48)
  • Excellent sound (39)
  • Good power output (32)
  • Warm / comfy (29)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (31)
  • Amateur recording (19)
  • Outdoor events / games (12)
  • Performances (11)
  • Professional recording (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (30), Novice (11), Professional musician (10)

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.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good For The Price, But Don't Expect a Tone Machine

Me: 45, lots of stage experience in all kinds of genres, looking for a smaller alternative to my Roland Cube 60 for solo jazz guitar. Mostly for home practice, maybe for recordings...Read complete review

Me: 45, lots of stage experience in all kinds of genres, looking for a smaller alternative to my Roland Cube 60 for solo jazz guitar. Mostly for home practice, maybe for recordings or very quiet gigs.

The Fender Champion 20: Not really hitting the mark for those applications. I suppose if I were less experienced and looking for an entry-level amp, I could do worse for my 80 (I got it on sale). So I give it three stars for being a guitar amplifier that works when you plug it in, that only costs 80-100. I mean, that's nothing for an amp.

I had hoped for a little more warmth in tone, despite the smallish speaker...but I just don't think the amp is voiced well for that. Somewhere between the amp models and the teeny little cabinet the tone just flies out the window. My other chief complaint: amp hiss. I'll never understand how or why a solid state amp would make any noise on a clean channel, especially w/ no pedals plugged in, but so many do. by comparison, every line 6 amp I've ever had (three) was dead quiet on the clean channel. This may seem like nitpicking to some, but when you're trying to practice jazz by yourself in a quiet room, the hiss is ALL CONSUMING!!!

And yes, my Roland hisses, too. So I didn't solve that one.

My overall thoughts - there's lots of cheapo practice amps out there now. I've had better experience with Line 6 and Vox. For my money, Fender should dial back all the weak models and effects and just make a clean, noise-free solid state amp with some more warmth. Jazzers and pedal aficionados would buy it, guessing rockers would not.

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(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Satisfied

By Stevie

from Va

About Me Novice

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Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio

    Comments about Fender Champion 20 Guitar Combo Amp:

    Been playing about 16 years and have tried several different brands of amps, Peavey. Fender, Roland, Dean Markley and a Pignose just for the fun of it. Some I still have. But this Champion 20 is just sweet for a practice amp! Thought about getting the 40 but the 20 amp suits my needs best. Great usable amp modeling and effects, easy to dial in the sound you want. Great strong sound from a fairly small package. Responsive to the degree of pick attack. I compared the Champion 20 to the Mustang I. I preferred the simplicity of the Champion. Didn't need all the techno bells and whistles. The open back seems to have more depth of sound than the closed back Mustang. If it got stolen I would not hesitate to replace it with another Champion.

    (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    good little amp

    By Ibanezae

    from Brandon, FL

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Intimate Jams
      • Small Venue

      Comments about Fender Champion 20 Guitar Combo 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 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.

      (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      It does what it does.

      By Fully

      from Palm Desert, CA

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Great Amp For Recording
      • Portable
      • Powerful
      • Voice Selection Is Great

      Cons

      • None Really

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Fender Champion 20 Guitar Combo Amp:

      The Princeton Voice is my favorite; and, it's right on the money with my actual Princeton Reverb Amp. The other voices are also on the money. If you record at home, or in the studio, you will love the Champion 20, its convenience and it's portability. Simply setup an SM57 aimed precisely at its 8-inch speaker, and you will love what you record. It's an excellent value in my opinion. Oh yes. One more thing. I've been a player for more that 50 years. :)

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Happy, Happy, Happy

      By Ronbo

      from Kimberly, WV

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Performances

        Comments about Fender Champion 20 Guitar Combo Amp:

        I've been a Fender fan for years. I had purchased a "Princeton 65" some years ago and have been very happy with it. I can say the same about this little "Champion" it really lives up to its name. I just wish I had the same features and effects on my Princeton. It has plenty of power for smaller venues and practice and makes even a amateur picker like me sound almost professional.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        excellent amp for any occasion

        By Picker 1949

        from Corinth, Miss.

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Great Acoustic Sound
        • Light weight
        • Perfect For Lead Guitar
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • Aux Earphone Inputs
        • Power Switch Is On Back

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances
        • Small Stage Shows

        Comments about Fender Champion 20 Guitar Combo Amp:

        This is a very versatile amp. & is useful in many ways. I have 2 other brands I've been using, but strongly prefer the sound of the Fender Champ over the others for both acoustic & lead use. My only complaint is the power switch should be in front. It's a bit inconvenient on the back. Also the aux/earphone jacks should be 1/4" instead of 1/8". Everything else is perfect, at least for me.
        I am a VERY experienced musician & picky about my sound, but I give this top rating.

        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Many features for a low price

        By Jazzman

        from North Carolina

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Fender Champion 20 Guitar Combo Amp:

          I bought this amp because it had many features of more expensive amps. I hooked this amp to my big sound system and the results are great. The system sounds like a much more expensive Fender amp. I am very satisfied.

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Big Sound from a Little Box!

          By Stringtight

          from Winchester, Tn.

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • None I can find

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Fender Champion 20 Guitar Combo Amp:

          Ordered This Little Power Box on the 15th, Received it on the 17th amazing shipping from Musician's Friend. For the Size and the Price This Amp is Awesome. The Clear Channel is just that Clear, and so many different sounds and speeds to choice from. The Delay is wonderful as with the reverb. I couldn't be Happier. This is a good Amp for Just about any type music. Of course its small and Its not Concert Grade, but It comes through Loud and Clear. If you want a small Light Weight Good Sounding easy to Use Amp. Then Give this one a go. You will not be disappointed.

          (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excelent Amplifer

          By Aspiring Steel player

          from Quitman,Texas

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Fender Champion 20 Guitar Combo Amp:

            I love the sound and the ease of getting the right sound

            (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Small but loud

            By box211

            from NJ

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            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.

            (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Fender Champion 20 Guitar Combo Amp

            By Banjo mate

            from FL

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Fender Champion 20 Guitar Combo Amp:

              The 20 Combo is a nifty little affordable guitar amp. I am completely happy with this amp and would recommend it to anyone not requiring a really powerful event unit.

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