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Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp  Black 

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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
 
4.4

(based on 56 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (33)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (47)
  • Portable (47)
  • Excellent sound (41)
  • Good power output (32)
  • Warm / comfy (31)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Home studio (31)
  • Performances (31)
  • Outdoor events / games (27)
  • Amateur recording (26)
  • Professional recording (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (32), Professional musician (16), Novice (5)

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

Great little amp

By Jim

from Oceanside, CA.

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

    Recently purchased the Champion 40 for something more portable to take to gigs. We play at local bars.
    Less that 200 people. Great little amp. Lots of different distortion settings and effects. It has enough power
    for rehearsing and I mic it at the shows and use it as my guitar monitor. Good sound, easy to use, very portable. Good price. I like it and would buy it again.

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    2.0

    No comment

    By Daniel

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

    The unit only delivers 40 watts of power. It would be a much better unit and would be a more popular selling unit if it delivered about 65 watts, like the FM65r amp produced a few years ago.
    The power output of the Champion 40 is really too low and does not provide the clear richness of sound that the FM65r does. Lastly, the color coded light selection switches should provide a clear numeric number so a player can switch to the desired effect, or amp without having to count light changes. This is not the most expedient and is very inefficient.

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    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Fender's the best!

    By Sean

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

    It's an awesome amp I think it's better than the mustang and less complicated,Fender's the best!

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Plenty of bang for the buck

    By Lefty In Philly

    from Mount Laurel, NJ

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

      This amp packs a lot of features The cabinet voicing's are are a great feature, as well as the multiple effects. I have used this at small gigs and at home. The overall tone is quite good and it works well with both single coil and humbucking pickups. At this price point it's a no brainer!

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      5.0

      Cannot go wrong with this little amp

      By Gerald

      from undisclosed

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

      Great Amp for the money. I use it as a practice amp, but it is powerful enough to use for small concerts.

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      4.0

      This amp is what I expected.

      By Skip

      from Grant Park, Il

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth

      Cons

      • It would be nice if a foot switch came with it.

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

      It's nice and light weight for little get together's with friends.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Satisfied

      By Vic

      from Clearwater Fl.

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events

        Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

        I bought the product to use it with an electric guitar and a microphone but it only use one input.

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        4.0

        I would definitely buy this product again

        By Bassman219

        from Kingsport, TN

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio

          Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

          I love this amp, the various sounds are amazing while playing and practicing in my home studio.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Plenty of bang for the buck!

          By Lefty In Philly

          from Mount Laurel, NJ

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

            Lots of features in a small, lightweight package. Cabinet voicing's are nice as are the effects.Just powerful enough for a small gig, although, a loud drummer will kill you. Nice price. I would pay more for another 20 watts and an independent Reverb adjustment.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Lotta amp for the money!

            By Lefty In Philly

            from Mount Laurel, NJ

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

              This is a great grab and go amp if you are playing a small room gig. The cabinet voicing's and effects are great. I do wish that the Reverb was separate from the other effects. Nice sound and it stays true to the Fender sound. Great price point!

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