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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 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.

A solid-state amp with plenty of effects and sound despite its compact size.

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
 
4.5

(based on 50 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (45)
  • Portable (45)
  • Excellent sound (38)
  • Good power output (32)
  • Warm / comfy (28)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Home studio (28)
  • Performances (28)
  • Amateur recording (25)
  • Outdoor events / games (25)
  • Professional recording (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (30), Professional musician (15), 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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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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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Plenty of bang for the buck!

      By Bloody Bill

      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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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Lotta amp for the money!

        By Bloody Bill

        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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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Very satisfied with the Champion 40. Powerful little amp!

          By Moon

          from Lynwood,IL

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Portable
          • Powerful

          Cons

          • More auxiliary inputs.

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

          Overall the Champion 40 was a very good purchase.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Very pleased with this amp!!

          By Dennis

          from Lockport, NY

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events

            Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

            Gift for our 13 year old grandson, who loves it!!

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            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Yes

            By Country shredder

            from Spring, Texas

            About Me Professional Musician

            Ask me a question

            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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              (17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great Practice, Small Venue, and Acoustic Amp!

              By Bowhunter69

              from Clinton, MO

              About Me Professional Musician

              Ask me a question

              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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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Don't go here...

              By box211

              from NJ

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              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 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                DAMAGED!!LOUD BUZZ!!

                By CROW

                from NY

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                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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