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Fender Champion 20 Guitar Combo Amp  Black 

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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 49 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (36)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (42)
  • Portable (42)
  • Excellent sound (34)
  • Good power output (29)
  • Warm / comfy (26)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (27)
  • Amateur recording (17)
  • Outdoor events / games (11)
  • Performances (10)
  • Professional recording (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (28), Professional musician (9), Novice (8)

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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3.0

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

By Jeff

from Boston, MA

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clean Sounds are Clean
  • Easy To Use
  • Portable

Cons

  • Amp Hiss
  • Overall Lack of Warmth

Best Uses

  • At Home Practice

Comments about Fender Champion 20 Guitar Combo Amp:

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.

 
5.0

Yes

By Ram

from Buford, GA

About Me Experienced

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:

    Satisfied

     
    5.0

    very satisfied with this product. ..a steal for the price

    By joe vick

    from tampa fl

    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:

        I use for a practice amp....great value for the money. ...built in FX saves on pedals...gotta love that

         
        5.0

        I would buy this any time even the Champion 40

        By Robguitar54

        from Carolina Puerto Rico

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Performances

          Comments about Fender Champion 20 Guitar Combo Amp:

          Church Act.

           
          5.0

          NICE SOUNDING GUITAR AND VOCAL AMP

          By Ricky Pittskaroony

          from Allentown, PA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio

            Comments about Fender Champion 20 Guitar Combo Amp:

            RECORDING

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            nice little amp

            By mark

            from brazil, in

            About Me Experienced

            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:

              the different amp models are nice.

               
              5.0

              I would recommend this amp for good tone and portability.

              By els011

              from Petaluma, California

              About Me Experienced

              Ask me a question

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Portable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Fender Champion 20 Guitar Combo Amp:

                  I bought a "Vaux" modeling amp, but my Son took it when he picked up his guitar. These modeling amps seem to be affordable, so I let him keep it and bought the Fender. I like it better than the Vaux.
                  It has a better made cabinet. It looks like a Fender amp. The Vaux was supposed to be "ABS" which I guess is a fancy word for plastic. Both sounded OK for what I was using them for. I go away often on the weekends and needed an amp that was portable and had good sound with small size. I mostly use the cleaner settings with reverb, although the other effects and amp styles are fun to play with.
                  I would recommend this amp. I usually play though a Deluxe or a Princeton, so I can get the tones I am used to in a small package.

                   
                  5.0

                  I love this little amp!!!

                  By Preacher

                  from Sterlington, La.

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Portable
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Fender Champion 20 Guitar Combo Amp:

                    This little fella is light, but it sounds great.. Love the different dial-in amp sounds and effects!!.. I play in a small (60-100 people) church setting and also at local events with about as many people and do not have to mic it.. If I play outside or in a LARGE enclosed area, I just put a SM57 in front of it and run it through the PA.. Does a fantastic job!!..

                     
                    4.0

                    Good for practice, and "messing around!"

                    By Bpoz

                    from chicago

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Its good for finding "sounds" , banging around!
                    • Portable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Good for "sitting down and playing!"
                      • Home Studio

                      Comments about Fender Champion 20 Guitar Combo Amp:

                      I needed a good replacement practice amp, and I was not disappointed! Fills up the practice space, and there are more then enough "settings" to dial in a good amount of "sounds!" A little short on bass (what do you want for an 8" speaker?) but still , for the money, its a Fender, and it was more then I expected to get! Certainly worth the "small outlay" of "bread!" ( I got it using my "points", so thank you MF!!) Its not as "warm sounding" as a tube amp. but then, no hassle with replacing them either! Grab one, you won't be sorry! Perfect size to "hide in a corner!"

                       
                      5.0

                      I would buy this again

                      By zisi

                      from gilboa new york

                      About Me Novice

                      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:

                        Best surprise for my husband

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