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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
 
4.6

(based on 37 reviews)

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  • 4 Stars

     

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (32)
  • Easy to use (31)
  • Excellent sound (26)
  • Good power output (23)
  • Warm / comfy (21)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (21)
  • Amateur recording (14)
  • Outdoor events / games (9)
  • Performances (9)
  • Professional recording (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (20), Professional musician (8), 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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5.0

Nice little practice amp

By Hhibird

from Hilton head, SC

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Fender Champion 20 Guitar Combo Amp:

      Bought the amp for a grandson to use with a squire bullet strat. I have a number of fender and Gibson guitars and fender and Mesa amps. I'm really impressed by the sound quality and range of sounds of this little amp. Nice fender cleans, decent range of distortions and usable effects. I like it better than mustang I amps I've had... Prefer the sound and intuitive simplicity. It can get a little shrill in the high frequencies at higher volumes but considering the cost and overall sound this thing is amazing.

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      5.0

      Great Little Amp

      By Phillip

      from undisclosed

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Champion 20 Guitar Combo Amp:

      Reproduces sound at a level and quality of a much bigger amp. Very low noise floor which has been a problem on other amps I have used.

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      5.0

      a great little practice amp

      By champ man

      from champs town

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Fender Champion 20 Guitar Combo Amp:

        i would rate this amp far better sounding than the Mustang 1.,all i wanted was 'the great fender sound' and in an easy format and it delivers...i dont want a vox or marshall tone..this amp is so easy to set.and forget...the Mustang is way to complicated. i like the champion 20 Fender black face tone..its nice and powerful for its size...light as a feather. .i use it for front porch picking and for late night in house... i like the Ventures sound...this gives it,..i would not mind having the big version of this amp.

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        5.0

        Sounds great.

        By Sherman

        from undisclosed

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        Comments about Champion 20 Guitar Combo Amp:

        Amp works great for practicing.

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        5.0

        Excellent Amp.

        By scm_1

        from DFW, Texas

        About Me Experienced

        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:

          I was looking for a small amp to use at home that would do great vintage sounds with a Strat - this is that amp. The "Blackface" and "Tweed" settings are PERFECT if you want to dial in a classic sound.

          Even though it's only one channel, the Gain can be dialed down for a very clean sound, and when the Gain is employed, there is plenty of room for coloring your tone.

          Effects:
          I really only wanted some Reverb, but have ended up enjoying the Delay a lot too. I don't really use the other effects.

          Bottom line:
          I wanted a no-frills amp to just plug in and play (no pedals, etc.) and ended up being surprised with how useful and easy-to-use all the features of this amp are. I'm seriously impressed and recommend it to others looking to keep things simple and get good tone for at-home jamming.

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          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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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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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