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Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp Black 

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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...Read More

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OVERVIEW

A solid-state amp with plenty of effects and sound despite its compact size.

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 40-watt Champion 40 features a single 12" 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.

FEATURES
  • World-renowned Fender clean and overdrive tones
  • An assortment of British and modern amp voicing and distortion flavors
  • Diverse palette of effects, including delay time and tremolo speed
  • Easily set the TAP button to match the song's tempo
  • Auxiliary input for jamming with media players
  • Headphone output for silent practice
  • Classic Fender Blackface cosmetics

Go with this Champion of great tone. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS

Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp

  • Electronics
  • Controls: Channel 1: Volume, Channel 2: Gain, Volume, Voice. Master: Treble, Bass, FX Level, FX Select, TAP
  • Voltage: 120V
  • Wattage: 40 watts
  • Inputs: One - 1/4"
  • Auxiliary Input: 1/8" stereo for use with media player
  • Headphone Jack: 1/8" stereo
  • Channels: Two - (Blackface Clean and Selectable Amp Voice)
  • Hardware
  • Front Panel: Black Angled
  • Grill Cover: Black "Bronco" Vinyl covering with silver grille cloth
  • Amplifier Depth: 9" (229mm)
  • Amplifier Width: 17.25" (438mm)
  • Amplifier Height: 17.25" (438mm)
  • Amplifier Weight: 19lb. (8.6kg)
  • Effects: Reverb, Delay/Echo, Chorus, Tremolo, Vibratone, and more. Delay Time and Tremolo speed can easily be set with the TAP button
  • Speakers
  • Speaker: One 12" Fender Special Design
  • Accessories
  • FootSwitch: Optional 2-Button Footswitch (sold separately)
  • Knobs: Vintage-Style Skirted Black Plastic
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FenderChampion 40 Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.7

(based on 32 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (29)
  • Portable (28)
  • Excellent sound (24)
  • Good power output (18)
  • Warm / comfy (17)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (20)
    • Home studio (18)
    • Amateur recording (17)
    • Outdoor events / games (16)
    • Professional recording (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (17), Professional musician (11), Novice (4)

    Reviewed by 32 customers

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    5.0

    Best sounding amp in this price range

    By jspop777

    from La Pine, OR

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

      Compared with the Orange and Marshall amps in the 200$ Price range - hands down the best sound and one of the only amps avail with a 12 inch speaker in this range. Great value and Tone.

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      4.0

      very versatile

      By spartarick

      from minnesota

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances

        Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

        just got this but it seems super easy to use and lightweight many different sounds cant wait to bring to band practice

        Comment on this review

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp

        By Steve O.

        from Burton, MI

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Excellent Value
        • High Quality Components
        • High Quality Construction
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

          The Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp has tremendous "Bang-for-the-Buck". The last amp I got (Kustom) looked awesome on paper, but when I got it, it was not so great.

          I am very happy with this Fender. It has Fender's typical high quality construction & components. For the price, the sound and features are are outstanding.

          Because I use my own effects, I do not use its effects, however it has several that are built-in, as well as amp/cabinet models and they sound decent for the price.

          If you need a great practice amp or an inexpensive amp for gigging, which you can mic into your PA system that you don't have to worry about getting banged up, I can recommend this one.

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          5.0

          Best 1x12 bang for the buck

          By GearJunky

          from Fort Mohave, AZ

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Great Amp For Pedals
          • Portable
          • Powerful

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Bedroom To Bar Gigs
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Mobile DJ
          • Performances

          Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

          I am one of those guys (like so many of us) that just can't leave my music equipment alone and have to experiment a little (sometimes a lot). In the case of the Champ 40, I wanted to see what a Celestion G12-65 Creamback would do in the place of the stock Fender speaker.
          The results,
          Creamback: More hiss, was not as clean, had more drive.
          Stock speaker: Better on clean, less hiss, had less drive.
          My conclusion, is that you probably will never get a better sound from another speaker than the one the Champ 40 comes with.
          This is not that surprising, as most of the low end amps are designed to match speaker and amp to come up with an acceptable product. I use this amp for practice, and upgraded from a Frontman 25R that has a 10" speaker. I was looking for a fuller sound with some limited amp modeling, in a small package/footprint, and that is what I got with the Champ 40, along with front controls like the Frontman, as I stack or shelf my amps 2 or 3 high, and (for this application), top control amps are a hassle. The overall sound is much better than the 25R. My only wish for the Champ 40, is that the gain would work on both channels, and I have seen the same request from other reviewers. The overall sound is a bit tinny, which is a Fender thing (I have many Fender amps), but not so much that it bugs me. The drive channel Voice (Amp models) and FX (Effects) are just enough to keep it simple.
          When you pull it all together; Price, Value, Functions, 12" Speaker, Ease of operation, Small size, I just don't see anything available at this time that can out do this combo.

          I just bought a second Champ 40 for a teenager I am musically supporting.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Just what I needed..!

          By guitarzan

          from alabama

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

            I'm 60 years old .. Playing Music Live and Recording it are what have always done .! I own a licensed School of Music and teach 13 instruments .. But at Gigs I am a lead player and vocalist .. This Fender Champ 40 is what I have been waiting for for years for Gigs.. Of the 26 amps I own , this is my new Gig Amp.. ( 19 Pounds ! ) of Great Fender reliability and sound...! If I want more sounds I simply take my Line 6 pod and plug it into the clean channel if I need louder sound just drop a mic in front of it.. I waited a year and read reviews and listen to demos on YouTube before I purchased this app it's worth every penny great money machine....!

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            4.0

            Nice amp for the money.

            By JC

            from Spencerville, OH

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Ac Cord Design Is Poor

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

            Nice amp for the money. On the downside, the ac cord is not hardwired, and is very wobbly, sometimes cutting out. Very light; I'm guessing it's pressboard construction. Great for my needs-sounds as good as my Polytone, for 1/4th the price!

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best bang for the buck on a 1x12 combo

            By GearJunky

            from Fort Mohave, AZ

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

            • 12" Speaker
            • Easy To Use
            • Front Controls
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Practice

              Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

              The Champion 40 has been my practice amp for about a year now, and replaced a Fender Frontman 25R (with lower wattage, and a 10" speaker), and I thought I would NEVER replace it. You should never say never, especially when it relates to music equipment where more is ALWAYS better. First, The Champ 40 has front controlls like the Frontman which is critical to me, as I either stack, or shelf my amps, and have two to three high which makes using top control amps a hassle.
              You just can't beat the full sound of a 12" speaker, and when you hook up a pre-amp like the Mesa V-twin, the sound is just fantastic. I just bought a second for a teenager I am supporting in his musical endeavors.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp

              By FenderAmerican

              from Cape Cod

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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 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

                I purchased this amp, to have a lightweight, easy to transport, good sounding amp. I am pleased with the amp. Just under 20lbs, easy to carry... 40w solid state amp, with a nice 12" speaker, should work fine most small adventures... you can always mic it, if necessary for a live performance. For a rock band situation, perhaps the 100 would be a better choice. I purchased the footswitch separately; I think Fender should adjust their price and include the footswitch. I have recently used it for practice, with a Behringer UB802 small mixer, with a mic and acoustic guitar, and it sounded good to me. Should work fine like this for a small venue as well. Since the footswitch is a new item, you may have a hard time to locate it, the part number of mine is: ASSY. P/N 0071359000.

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                (0 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                MY FIRST AMP

                By ROCKNROLLARKIE

                from CAMDEN, ARKANSAS

                About Me Novice

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Warmth
                • Portable

                Cons

                • Poor Sound Quality

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording

                Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

                GREAT SMALL AMP

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                (0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL

                By ROCKNROLLARKIE

                from CAMDEN, ARKANSAS

                About Me Novice

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Limited Functions

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio

                Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

                ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL

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