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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

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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 24 reviews)

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    (6)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (21)
  • Portable (21)
  • Excellent sound (17)
  • Good power output (12)
  • Warm / comfy (12)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (12)
    • Amateur recording (11)
    • Home studio (11)
    • Outdoor events / games (11)
    • Professional recording (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (14), Professional musician (6), Novice (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Pretty good for what it is

    Ok. I bought this sight unseen off MF. It's just spoke to me. I had a 65w single 12 FMR a while back and got rid of it before Fender quit making them...Read complete review

    Ok. I bought this sight unseen off MF. It's just spoke to me. I had a 65w single 12 FMR a while back and got rid of it before Fender quit making them and regret it. Had a Mustang II for a while and didn't really like it. LOVE my Super Champ. The Champion 40 feels like a cross between the Mustang and the Super Champ. Solid State, single 12, 2 channel (clean and gain), 4 amp voices (tweed, blackface, british, metal), FX with reverbs, choruses, flange, delay, tremolo etc... and a tap button. It's like a Super Champ with no tubes honestly.

    It sounds like a solid state amp all the way. Nuthin you can do about that, but it's still got some very usable tones. I won't say I love this thing, but it's growing on me. The tweed and blackface settings seem very familiar to me and for practicing at home, this is a great amp. I don't have to burn tubes to practice at home anymore. I didn't like all the bells and whistles and flashing lights of the Mustang, and hooking it up to your computer may appeal to some, but not for me. This is for the people who want a Fender amp, with decent modeling capabilities, but don't want to read a manual. It's very straight forward and easy to understand right out of the box. Again, tonally, it's transistory, but passable. Not bashing SS amps, I've just never played one that did it for me. But that being said, this is a neat amp. I think it would handle a quieter type of gig, 3 piece maybe. Jazz stuff. Fully cranked it gets real honky and farty. And HOT!. This thing gets real hot. Don't know if that's normal, but after about 30 min of playing, I turned it off and felt the back of the chassis. It felt like a tube amp. I guess since it's got chips in it like a laptop, it's gonna run hot like a laptop. Your laptop has a built-in fan and this doesn't. Hope it doesn't fry itself. Cabinet seems bout right for this series. Not as well built as my Super Champ. pannels seem on the thinner side.

    So would I recommend it? Maybe. Depends on what you're looking for. If you're turned off by the Mustangs, try this. If you're looking for a light weight combo to gig with, I would look elsewhere. I feel like under a very narrow range of circumstances would this guy work live. Solo jazz, sure. Full band, probably won't cut it. But everybody is different. It might be just what you're looking for. For junior's first amp, I would definitely recommend it. Kicking around the house, absolutely. It's 100w 212 brother would handle live better.

    On a side note, I ran my Super Champ thru the 12 in speaker of the Champion 40. Sounded pretty good. And guess what... the Super Champ Chassis fits in the Champion 40! So if you've been wishing that you're Super Champ had a 12 in it, swap the chassis. You'll have to retap some holes in the SC chassis to line up with the 40's, or put new holes in the 40 cabinet, but both chassis are the same size. I may try that.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    MY FIRST AMP

    GREAT SMALL AMP

    GREAT SMALL AMP

    Reviewed by 24 customers

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    (0 of 2 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 1 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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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    EXCELLENT VALUE!!!

    By jjoeaxe

    from Florida

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

    I needed a light weight amp with a 12" speaker and 40/50 watts. After reading the reviews from several sources I ordered the Champion 40. Weighs 19lbs.! All of the reviews I read were right, this amp is very impressive! For the money, it would be hard to beat! I bought primarily for rehearsal, but could easily be mic'd into PA and used as a primary gig amp! Very happy with my new amp!

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    5.0

    right size for the house, can be PA mic

    By lefty Joe

    from Florida

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    Pros

    • Excellent Sound
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • Weak

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

    The amp needs a better bottom end sound. It's there but weak. Have to memorize the modeling knobs due to the print being tiny. Other than that I would recommend a 12ax7 tube preamp version, extra money but it just might take it over the top. Clean workmanship and made in Indonesia. Great service and sales from Musician's Friend.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    great amp with easy to use effects

    By Whuds

    from Memphis

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Performances

      Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

      I sold a Fender 25r to buy this, its a great amp. Loud and warm the two channels is great, I bought the foot switch, it switches channels and turns effects off and on.
      I replaced the stock speaker with an eminence Texas Heat and it opens up this amp all the way, it sounds warm and loud at 7 the clean is clean and low end is clear.

      Good mids and highs lows are awesome.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      great 4 jazz and like

      By rubenrivera49

      from East Chicago Ind

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • Needs a line out
      • Needs A Speaker Out

      Best Uses

      • Bedroom Practices
      • Events
      • Performances
      • Small Venues And Like

      Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

      I got this amp and it plays great 4 jazz what I mainly use it 4. This is a good gigging and 4 the price and if not loud enough I mike it to a pa. This a back saver and a good to go amp and 4 the budget of your wallet, check and pocket book. It is easy to handle and fiddle with. If u play jazz in a coffee house or club(miked) don't want 2 lug yo heavy freaking tube amp, then this is yo best bet 4 the price or o-t-d price u can get 4 it. my money is well spent 4 this amp. It is you choice if u keep or change the stock speaker 4 yo sound. it is great the way it is 4 me.

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      (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Classic Fender quality at an affordable

      By SoulProsper

      from Missouri. The "Show Me" state

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

        I've had so many setups I cannot remember. Fender and Marshall amps have been my primary sound live and in studio. My main gigging amp is the 40 watt Fender Hotrod Deluxe. Love it! Also had a 50 watt SS Marshall amp just in case..... never had to use it but it's a great amp too.

        As far as guitars I love the Fender. Have had many other guitars including Carvin, Kramer, Gibson copies, Ibenez, but more Fenders than I can count.

        I first plugged in with just my guitar to see what this little "Champion" had to offer. Played around with all the dials and settings. Not too bad.

        Then I hooked up the BOSS GT-3. Yeah, I know it's outdated, but that is part of my gigging gear too. I really enjoyed the sounds. The only real thing missing is that classic tube "warmth". Now I have a new standby. This Champion will never compare to the Hotrod Deluxe but in that once in a lifetime pinch it works.

        Overall it doesn't matter where you are. If I were to speculate I'd bet several renowned musicians have this in their arsenal.

        Happy strumming!!

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Amp

        By Long Row

        from Oklahoma

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

        I use 2 of these amps wit a Boss GT 100 and play in stereo.

        I love solid state Fender amps because they are so clean, basically you just use them to rise the sound and preamp with the effects board. Playing in stereo sounds so good and fills a room.

        I highly recommend these amps as they are loud, light and well worth the money.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Amazing value for the $$$$$

        By sdfndrs

        from NYC

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        Ask me a question

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Performances

          Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

          Light weight.sounds great.....nice but limited modelling choices that really work, good but also limited efx package, that all work as they should.ONLY issue is the wide open back of amp.........and somewhat thin box construction, Even so the tone and volume from this amp were quite a pleasant surprise.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Expect the Unexpected!

          By Paul on Stage

          from Southeast USA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good For Small Venues
          • Good Warmth
          • Portable

          Cons

          • Is There A Fuse

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Performances
          • Small to medium venues

          Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

          Don't let the price and 40 watts keep this from your bucket list. It can handle professional jobs as long as the work load and expectations are reasonable.

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