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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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
 
4.4

(based on 68 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (40)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (58)
  • Portable (57)
  • Excellent sound (49)
  • Good power output (39)
  • Warm / comfy (38)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (5)
  • Weak (4)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (37)
  • Performances (37)
  • Outdoor events / games (30)
  • Amateur recording (29)
  • Professional recording (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (41), Professional musician (17), Novice (7)

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

Not a bad little amp.

By Patt

from Ocala, Fl.

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

  • The stock speaker is very low quality

Best Uses

  • Home Studio
  • Performances

Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

This amp is : portable, low cost, loud and has decent effects. The downside is the cheap speaker that is in it. After tweaking the settings I changed out the speaker with an Eminence Swamp Thing. What a night + day difference. The overdrives that come on are really not that great, I will use a pedal for heavier distortion. But the Blackface setting with the gain @ half way has a nice lead edge to it. For the price it is a good deal, not as great sounding as past Fender s/s amps, but it is adequate.

 
4.0

I would buy this product again.

By guitarman

from Quitman, MS

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Portable

Cons

  • Limited Functions

Best Uses

  • Events
  • Performances

Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

I play in small to mid-sized churches. The sound is very good. Only thing is it is limited to the amount of effects you can use at a time.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Nice and light with good features. Too weak for a band.

By Danimal

from ft wayne, In

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Portable

Cons

  • Weak

Best Uses

  • Home Studio

Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

Just jammin now days after playing professionally for 40 years.

 
5.0

Champion 40

By jene

from Los Lunas New Mexico

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Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

    It's Like my computer It can do things I don't know how set up, But I will learn
    other wise it's great.

     
    4.0

    good little amp

    By Ed

    from Painted Post, NY

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • Poor Sound Quality

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording

    Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

    Great little amp but could use a better speaker

     
    5.0

    Fantastic little practice amp.

    By Kaboom

    from South Bend, Indiana

    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 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

      I got this amp to practice with and to also mike my Ukulele. Works , as I said, Fantastic.a

       
      4.0

      SPOERTY FORTY

      By Mr. Fred

      from Wisconsin

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances

        Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

        I use this for open mikes and Jamming and some performing in small venues. It is light weight and this is important for carrying in and out of a place. Also, it is easier on one's back. It can be used with acoustic active pick ups or electric guitar passive and active. I use it with a lap style resonator guitar with active pickup and a lap steel guitar. also a acoustic guitar with active pickup. I was surprised at the little feedback with the resonator. It is great to use in a small acoustic band and the reverb helps to cut through the other instruments. I like it overall.

         
        5.0

        Very satisfied first time customer

        By Eddieboy

        from Edinburg, TX

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

          Love the sound for in home practice sessions as well as small gigs with the band. There are so many features that it'll be a while before I can comment on everything it does. Love how easy it is to use.

           
          5.0

          Great amp for small gigs

          By Van guitar man

          from New Bern, NC

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Warmth
          • Portable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

            I am new to the realm of electric guitars, having played acoustic for many years. I recently started playing along with a group of country players and this amp is perfect for the small venue (100 -125 people) that we play. I found the controls and voices easy to use and able to get me from a mellow ballad sound to a crisp Merle Haggard twang effectively. The amp's light weight is a great plus as well.I am currently playing a Gretsch 2420 and I'm happy with this amp / guitar combination.

             
            5.0

            Champion 40 Great practice amp

            By TDE

            from Morton, IL

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

                Great amp for its portability, voicing and lives up to its sound heritage.

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