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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

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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 36 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (25)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (33)
  • Portable (32)
  • Excellent sound (28)
  • Good power output (22)
  • Warm / comfy (20)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (22)
  • Amateur recording (18)
  • Home studio (18)
  • Outdoor events / games (18)
  • Professional recording (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (21), Professional musician (11), Novice (4)

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Works great for harp

By Tubatoothpaste

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 GM

    from Brooklyn

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    Verified Buyer

    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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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Hey. It's a Fender!

      By Old Guy

      from Pillar Point, NY

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easily Tucked Away
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Not Driving Wife Insane
        • Practice

        Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

        A lot of fun to use with a good variety of effects for a little 40-watt combo amp; easily stored.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Champion 40

        By Pappy-.w4uz

        from Illinois

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Practice

          Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

          This little guy will surprise you for no bigger than it is. I wanted a small amp to use for practice and be easily toted around. It also has the various effects available that I use. Granted the effects may be lacking, but still usable. The only bad thing I notice is when you are on the clean channel and push it hard, it will get a bit muddy. I think this would not be the right for gigs, but for just messing around it works great. Just be sure you do not expect Twin Reverb or big Marshall sound. For the price, an excellent little amp.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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

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

                 
                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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                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Just what I needed..!

                By guitarzan

                from alabama

                About Me Professional Musician

                Ask me a question

                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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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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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