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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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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
 
4.5

(based on 44 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (39)
  • Portable (39)
  • Excellent sound (33)
  • Good power output (28)
  • Warm / comfy (24)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (4)
  • Weak (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (25)
  • Home studio (24)
  • Amateur recording (22)
  • Outdoor events / games (21)
  • Professional recording (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (26), Professional musician (14), 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

 

Don't go here...

If you have ever owned an older Fender amp, you will immediately notice a tremendous lack of tone in this thing. It has very treble highs, but is really lacking in some midtone...Read complete review

If you have ever owned an older Fender amp, you will immediately notice a tremendous lack of tone in this thing. It has very treble highs, but is really lacking in some midtone and bottom. It has a lot of volume, but a very noticeably weak tone. I first tried a 40 watt Mustang in a local store, but was astonished at the weak tone it had. I ordered this, hoping it had to be better. It is lighter to carry, but has the same lack of tone. I would not recommend this to anyone looking for characteristic Fender tone.

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4.0

Yes

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from Texas

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Warmth
  • Powerful

Cons

  • Poor Sound Quality

Best Uses

    Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

    Bought this to cut down on dragging around a heavy amp. Cool amp other than the cheap transistor radio type speaker. Replaced speaker , made a big difference now it's a usable amp.

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    4.0

    Great Practice, Small Venue, and Acoustic Amp!

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    from Clinton, MO

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    Pros

    • Clean Control Layout
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Great clean tones
    • Portable
    • Powerful
    • Useable Effects on DSP

    Cons

    • Speaker is a disaster!
    • Speaker mounts too small

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Great Acoustic Amp
    • Home Studio
    • Practice
    • Small venues

    Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

    I have purchased two of these amps, both in open box and new from an individual over the past year. I tried a couple of different models of the Blackstar ID Series in a similar power range, and was unimpressed with the general lack of clarity, complexity, and high(er) cost. I have had some good experiences with VOX Valvetronix amps and the larger Roland Cubes, but wanted a strong clean tone above all else with useful effects kept to a minimum; something a step above my VOX Pathfinder 15R, which has been taken to countless recording sessions over the nearly 10yrs. I have owned it. A 30-40W open back combo with a single 12" seemed about right.

    The "weak" link on this amp is the driver itself, and the lack of solid mounting hardware to make a change out easier. Consider that you have blue-tinted thread lock lacquer on the back of each of the speaker mounting nuts, which must be removed with alcohol and tweezers to avoid stripping the threads. And, you will have to loosen all chassis mounting screws in order to carefully slide the top edge of the speaker baffle/grille from underneath the lip of the control panel for access. I have replaced these horrid drivers with a Jensen C12N and another with an Eminence Legend 1275. Both are outstanding and bring this amp platform to life. Make sure you select a speaker with a rating around 50WRMS @ 8ohms, and add a couple of #12, 3/4" pan head wood screws and lock washers from the rear, since these speakers will weigh between 7-8lbs., compared the the two pound OEM speaker.

    After the speaker swap, you'll have amazing Fender clean tones in several voicings, with a digital reverb, tremolo, vibrato, and chorus that are excellent quality and at your fingertips. Acoustic electrics sound fabulous on one of the Blackface clean settings with a little chorus and reverb mixed in. Mini stereo plug in and out on the front panel make for a great practice amp and easy connections to computers, mixers, etc.

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    2.0

    Don't go here...

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    from NJ

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    Pros

    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • Lacking real tone
    • Poor Sound Quality
    • Weak

    Best Uses

      Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

      If you have ever owned an older Fender amp, you will immediately notice a tremendous lack of tone in this thing. It has very treble highs, but is really lacking in some midtone and bottom. It has a lot of volume, but a very noticeably weak tone. I first tried a 40 watt Mustang in a local store, but was astonished at the weak tone it had. I ordered this, hoping it had to be better. It is lighter to carry, but has the same lack of tone. I would not recommend this to anyone looking for characteristic Fender tone.

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      (0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      DAMAGED!!LOUD BUZZ!!

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      from NY

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      Pros

      • Portable

      Cons

      • Poor Sound Quality

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

      Arrived unusable due to loud hum!!

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Fender Champion 40 Combo Amp

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      from Illinois

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

        Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

        All the power,features and sound you need for a home studio/practice amp.
        NOTE:If you plan on using it on an amp stand,the open back design causes it tonot resy seculy

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent for the money

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        from Valley Forge PA

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • no cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

        Like many other reviewers , I had a Mustang amp and found I spent more time fiddling with the controls and on the computer trying to dial in sounds I wanted. I moved the Mustang and got the Champion 40 hoping to get great sounds with being a scientist. I couldn't be happier with this amp , it is much better than I expected or hoped for. Easy to dial in a large variety of sounds, lightweight, easy to remember settings. And priced right too! The only improvement Fender could make might be having a separate knob for the reverb. But that is a minor thing , this amp is perfect for practice and small gigs. You will be surprised how good it sounds - I was!

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Grear Practice Amp

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        from Storden, MN

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Practice
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

          This little amp is easy to use and sounds great!

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          (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Exactly What I Was Looging For

          By 

          from San Diego, CA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Jamming
            • Performances
            • Practice
            • Small club gigs

            Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

            For years I gigged with a Fender Deville tube amp, but at age 60 it was getting just too heavy to lug around, so I got a Fender Excelsior, which I mic through a PA. Although I love the Excelsior, it's still a pain to drag around that and a pedal board if I want to play in the living room or out on the patio, etc, so I started looking at SS amps with effects.

            I first purchased a Mustang II, but I seemed to spend all of my time on the computer trying to dial in a tone I liked. I was spending more time on the computer than I was playing, and to be honest I didn't like the tones or the closed back. Maybe the models are better now as I had a first generation model, but I'm just not a tinkerer, so this amp was not for me.

            I started reading reviews on this amp and listening to demos online, and decided to take a chance and order the Champion 40 without trying it. It was EXACTLY what I was looking for.

            The clean channel is classic chimey Fender roughly based on a Twin Reverb, and the amp models on channel 2 are MUCH better to my ears than the Mustang II was. My favorites are the Blackface Deluxe, Blackface Princeton, and British 70s models.

            The effects (with the exception of the auto wah- which sounds a little goofy to me), are all very useable. The amp is as easy to use as it gets, and you don't need a computer to dial in great tone which was a huge plus for me. It sounds great with my Am Std. Strat, Epi 335 Pro and Godin 5th Ave. Kingpin.

            It's a loud SS 40 watts, definately could handle smaller club gigs.I would have NO problem micing this amp and using it anywhere, and at 19 lbs. I may be doing just that from now on.

            Musician's Friend was great to deal with as always.

            I highly recommend this great sounding little gem!

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Works great for harp

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            from Central Illinois

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Performances

              Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

              Here's a review that's coming from a different angle: using this amp for blues harmonica. Yes, I know that harp players are supposed to have bona fide vintage tube amps, and in fact I do: I own a 1964 Gibson Falcon. Best harp amp I've ever had. But I've had enough people give it the eye and comment on it, that I'm afraid it will get stolen at a gig or jam session. Plus it's kind of heavy and I'm not getting any younger.

              So I decided to give one of these a try. I went to a local Fender dealer with my JT-30 mike a key of A Marine Band, and a 1/8 inch patch chord. Plugged the mike into the amp, plugged my smart phone into the aux jack with the 1/8 inch chord, started a jam track, and started to wail.

              It was like jamming with the band. The sound reproduction of the mp3 was not distorted. The amp reproductions are very good, and harmonica sounds very good through the amp.

              I have found that the settings I like best for harmonica are the "British" amp, with "Delay + Reverb" dialed in at level 4 on the effects.

              This amp is very light, and it is very powerful for the weight. It has a 12 inch speaker, so I expect to be able to use it for gigs.

              Having the headphone jack has been great for messing around with the amp to dial in the right sound: I have dogs, and one is especially sensitive to sound. I usually have to practice sans amp to keep her from "singing along," but the headphones give reliable sound reproduction without making the dog howl.

              Would I recommend this amp? Heck, yes.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Exactly what I was looking for

              By 

              from Brooklyn

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Performances

                Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

                Does exactly what I was looking for. Clean portable sound. My line 6 effects unit does the rest. For me it is enough power for small clubs.

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