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Fender Champion 600 5W 1x6 Combo Amp

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The Fender Champion Amp is a 5W tube guitar amplifier with a 6-inch speaker and 1950 "two tone" cosmetics. This simple tribute to the cute and collec...Click To Read More About This Product

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A fun and affordable tribute to an historic Fender model!

The Fender Champion Amp is a 5W tube guitar amplifier with a 6-inch speaker and 1950 "two tone" cosmetics. This simple tribute to the cute and collectible 1949-53-era Fender guitar amplifier makes small-room sessions lots of fun! Originally intended as a student model, the Champion Amp (also known as the Champ) has also been employed by many professionals for its low output, easy-to-record capabilities. Fender has added a higher-gain preamp circuit to take the overdriven tone beyond that of the original, and a choice of High- or Low-gain inputs. An internal speaker output jack allows the use of a larger speaker cabinet.

The original Champion 600 had a low-gain preamp with 6SJ7 tube; the 12AX7 and associated tone circuitry lets the amp be driven harder for more overdrive.

5W tube power amplifier driving a 6-inch speaker provides perfect low volume for practice or recording.

Internal speaker can be disconnected, allowing amp to be used with a larger external speaker cabinet.

FEATURES
  • Two inputs (Instrument And Microphone)
  • Control: Volume
  • Covering: Brown And Blonde Vinyl Covering; Vintage-Correct 1950 "Two Tone" Cosmetics
SPECIFICATIONS
  • Type: Tube Amplifier
  • Output: 5 Watts
  • Ohms: 4 Ohms
  • Speaker: One 6 Inch, 4 Ohm Special Design Driver With Ceramic Magnet
  • Weight: 15 Lbs (7 Kg)
  • Dimensions
  • Height: 11" (28 cm)
  • Width: 12" (31 cm)
  • Depth: 7.5" (19 cm)
  • TUBES
  • 1-12AX7A
  • 1-6V6 (diode rectifier)
  • Features: Tube Preamp And Tube Power Amp (One 12AX7 tube; One 6V6 tube)
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FenderChampion 600 5W 1x6 Combo Amp
 
4.6

(based on 110 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (80)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (11)
  • Easy to use (10)
  • Warm / comfy (10)
  • Excellent sound (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (9)
  • Home studio (9)
  • Performances (5)
  • Professional recording (5)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Most fun you can have without ticking off the neighbors...

I plan on using this for noodling while the Wings are on (who needs to hear the play by play anyway).
It will be invaluable in recording my next big hit...Read complete review

I plan on using this for noodling while the Wings are on (who needs to hear the play by play anyway).
It will be invaluable in recording my next big hit (okay, my first big hit).
It will be the amp I sit with on the porch this summer and play along with my buddy Jack Daniels.
It will give my AC15 a well deserved rest.
It will make me a better man (everything is too easy with the overdrive on the Marshall and I need to learn to work those vibratos).
It will contribute to world peace (my neighbors will learn to love again without the noise on Sunday mornings, And they, in turn, will spread it to the rest of the world).
Like the fact that it has the ability to jack in an external speaker.
Small enough to hang out in the den.
Too small for the cat to sleep on.
Seems put together well enough.
The UPS driver did his best fling and run and nothing happened.
Okay. This is where this boy shines. I can sit here and play this thing for hours. The tone is spot on with my Strats and Teles at about 6 or 7. Louder is no good with the stock six inch, but I plugged a 12" greenback in as an external and it sounds very cool all the way up.

When you factor in the price, well hell, everyone should have one. In fact, I think the Gates foundation should add this to their next shipment to third world schools (but I wonder where the kids in Southern Sudan would get a '62 reissue strat to plug into it).

Good tone, fun, cheap= value. IMHO

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

it's okay.

For what it is, the Champion 600 is fine. It's a mostly clean practice amp with some cool retro styling and a little bit of tube color to it.

Like others...Read complete review

For what it is, the Champion 600 is fine. It's a mostly clean practice amp with some cool retro styling and a little bit of tube color to it.

Like others have said, the speaker and the tubes included are fairly weak. I upgraded them with the Jensen MOD speaker that's commonly available out there and with a couple of new tubes, these being from Slovakia rather than China. It was very easy to do and it made the amp louder and the sound fill out a bit more.

It sounds pretty good clean, but it's not very loud at all. You can set the volume dial all the way to 12 and it's still not fantastically loud.

It's hard to get the sound to break up on this little amp, even with everything cranked a strat doesn't really push the amp very much. The top is more of a light bluesy tone than anything else. Because the speaker is limited it doesn't take drive very well.

The amp does have a lot of hum if you listen closely, but at this price point that's to be expected.

It's okay. I might recommend a Frontman 25R to a newbie who wants to play on the gain channel sometimes, but if you know what you're looking at here, it probably won't disappoint you.
There aren't any features unless you count a high and low input, which only makes a small difference in tone.
Seems to be of good quality, typical of Fender. Fit and finish is very good.
You do get a tube practice amp for the price, but it's pretty limited.

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(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Most fun you can have without ticking off the neighbors...

By Pinball

from Motor City

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Comments about Fender Champion 600 5W 1x6 Combo Amp:

I plan on using this for noodling while the Wings are on (who needs to hear the play by play anyway).
It will be invaluable in recording my next big hit (okay, my first big hit).
It will be the amp I sit with on the porch this summer and play along with my buddy Jack Daniels.
It will give my AC15 a well deserved rest.
It will make me a better man (everything is too easy with the overdrive on the Marshall and I need to learn to work those vibratos).
It will contribute to world peace (my neighbors will learn to love again without the noise on Sunday mornings, And they, in turn, will spread it to the rest of the world).
Like the fact that it has the ability to jack in an external speaker.
Small enough to hang out in the den.
Too small for the cat to sleep on.
Seems put together well enough.
The UPS driver did his best fling and run and nothing happened.
Okay. This is where this boy shines. I can sit here and play this thing for hours. The tone is spot on with my Strats and Teles at about 6 or 7. Louder is no good with the stock six inch, but I plugged a 12" greenback in as an external and it sounds very cool all the way up.

When you factor in the price, well hell, everyone should have one. In fact, I think the Gates foundation should add this to their next shipment to third world schools (but I wonder where the kids in Southern Sudan would get a '62 reissue strat to plug into it).

Good tone, fun, cheap= value. IMHO

(6 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Return To Simplicity

By Pierce

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Fender Champion 600 5W 1x6 Combo Amp:

You know, I usually hate Fender amps. I find them thin and silly and all around dissapointing, especially compared to other amps that you could spend the same amount of money for. I like some meat on my sound! A little character, right? Well this spoils all my preconceived notions on Fender amplification. It falls in line with the exciting return to simplicity in electric guitar playing. The shirking of knobs for organic tone. Really, its just the big boys doing what the boutique builders have been good at for decades.

This little amp is a gem. Its like the Marshall Class 5 but without the heavy reliance on overdrive. That class A combo is great if you like to play AC/DC and nothing else. For anyone who wants to play music that isn't overcompensating for something, the Champ is a champ. It makes great sounds, clean, a little dirty if you push it hard, but not so much that it covers the music in affectation. Having no tone control means its all in your ax. If your guitar sucks, this amp will sound bad. If your guitar is rad, this amp will sound BAD, know what I mean? I can't think of a better beginner/practice amp. It'll give any burgeoning student something great to start on and I reccomend it constantly to those in that market. Only bit I see lacking is the speaker. Bet you could stick a gnarly driver in there and make this box something very special... Just sayin.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Champion 600

By YadaYadaYada

from in the K Y

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Comments about Fender Champion 600 5W 1x6 Combo Amp:

I feel like I have discovered gold with my current stage rig. I'm using this little Fender Champion 600 on stage. I just use a Behringer (don't laugh until you try one) Ultra-G GI100 D.I. box at speaker level coming out of the little Champion. I put my pedal board in front of it with a MXR 10 band EQ pedal. You would not believe how massive this little rig sounds. I don't think you'll get massive gain to sound good through it. But for classic rock it's fantastic. (think early Van Halen, AC/DC, ZZ Top, Led Zeppelin, and Rush kinds of tones and you get the picture) I highly recommend this little amp to all guitar players. Even if you don't use it on stage you'll still get the ultimate little practice amp. Just remember, EQ is everything with these little amps.
No real features to speak of. Unless you call a volume knob a feature. But the simplicity is part of the beauty of these little amps.
A Fender tube amp for this price!!! How can you go wrong???

(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Could use a tone knob

By Gary Molina

from Austin

Comments about Fender Champion 600 5W 1x6 Combo Amp:

My only complaint is that it tends to be on the bass side. Breaks up nicely at full volume and a great clean sound when lower volume. Needs a littel more treble and mids. Much less expensive than the VOX AC4 but you sacrifice the treble and mids for the price.
Just needs a tone knob.
Nicely built and compact model.
Wonderful value with a name you can trust

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Pretty nice little practice amp

By AD

from Nashville

Comments about Fender Champion 600 5W 1x6 Combo Amp:

If you need a quiet little easily portable practice amp, this is a good choice. It's got a good clean sound, especially if you can play it through a larger cab.
It's a little 5 watt tube amp, cheaply made but sounds better than most other little practice amps available. One 12AX7 and one 6V6 with a pre-set, hardwired tone stack into a little 6" speaker. Sounds better through a real cab - actually has some good sounds to it.
It is a mass-produced chinese amp, could have been made better but it is what it is. The amp has a lot of hum noise. The grill cloth is like thick velvet, which really hinders the sound from the amp. If you disassemble the amp and replace the speaker cloth with 'real' acoustically-transparent material, it opens the amp up a bit and sounds a lot better. A good, simple improvement that I'd recommend to any owner of this amp.
This price for a "real" tube amp. It makes a good practice amp. Not much else you can do with it. It hums too badly to consider for recording, but that's not really what it was made for.

It's a cute little amp, and modders love it. A good cheap little amp that you can work on without worrying too much about killing an expensive amp. Plus, some people have put real 5E3 tweed circuits, replacing the cheap components inside, making a real nice little amp.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great little amp

By J J Harmon

from Rural Georgia

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Comments about Fender Champion 600 5W 1x6 Combo Amp:

It has great tone and lots of volume. I did hafta replace the 6v6 tube, It didn't last but about 10 hrs. Could be that it just runs so hot. I ran it rthru a 10" speaker and decided to order a 4 ohm 12" for it.
It has great tone and lots of volume. I did hafta replace the 6v6 tube, It didn't last but about 10 hrs. Could be that it just runs so hot. I ran it rthru a 10" speaker and decided to order a 4 ohm 12" for it.
Made good. Most parts look good. It may need 1/2 watt resistors instead of 1/4.
Tube tone for around $100.

(4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Don't judge a book (or an amp) by it's cover

By Rockabillybob

from Missouri

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Comments about Fender Champion 600 5W 1x6 Combo Amp:

The Fender Champion 600 has retro cool good looks. Let's face it, it's really cute. I agree with others who have recommended changing the speaker, the tubes, even the grill cloth. I ordered one of these amps and was not impressed by the sound of my Fender or Gretsch guitars when plugged into it. Then I began looking in to all the mods that were recommended to make it a useable amp. I thought, "Wait a minute. Why should I have to do all this?" It seems to me that buying this amp and then doing all the mods it would take to make it a "great" amp are akin to buying a brand new car and replacing the engine, transmission and tires in order to make it driveable. Leo Fender used to loan out his instruments and amps to professional musicians, asking players to test them out on a job, then tell him how the product could be improved. Leo listened to the musicians and manufactured legendary guitars and amplifiers. FMIC is apparently not listening to musicians anymore. The Champ 600 has been around for awhile now with a crappy speaker, sub par tubes and a grill cloth that most agree muffles the sound. Rather than fix the problems, FMIC seems content to let buyers mod the amp. It's a cute amp in appearance, but I don't think Mr. Fender would have allowed it on the market until the problems were fixed. I sent mine back.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Decent Stock. Great Modded

By Straw

from Westchester, NY

Comments about Fender Champion 600 5W 1x6 Combo Amp:

This rating is based on the Stock quality. I got a great deal on this amp, $10 for the demo model at a GC near me. Best bang for the buck. I use it as a home practice amp for my apartment. Sometimes I hook it up to the 215 cab of my '60 Bassman when I practice with a drummer, since the 40W Bassman head is quite loud. Stock it is really muffled and noisy after 8 on the volume. If you are using a cheap guitar with lousy pickups, this (or any) amp will sound offensive to the ear. It has a decent clean tone with a good Strat. I put in the Weber speaker upgrade and JJ tubes. It sounds great now, and even better with good OD pedal. I use a Timmy and I love this amp now. I recommend the volume on 12, lower the guitar to about 7 (Strat) for a great clean tube tone, then use the OD for a shimmering hairy brightness. Buy it, Mod it, Love it.PS. With these Mods, it is a better Strat (single coil) amp than the Vox AC4TV. I have both, use the Vox with humbuckers.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

it's okay.

By Mark

from Minnesota

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Comments about Fender Champion 600 5W 1x6 Combo Amp:

For what it is, the Champion 600 is fine. It's a mostly clean practice amp with some cool retro styling and a little bit of tube color to it.

Like others have said, the speaker and the tubes included are fairly weak. I upgraded them with the Jensen MOD speaker that's commonly available out there and with a couple of new tubes, these being from Slovakia rather than China. It was very easy to do and it made the amp louder and the sound fill out a bit more.

It sounds pretty good clean, but it's not very loud at all. You can set the volume dial all the way to 12 and it's still not fantastically loud.

It's hard to get the sound to break up on this little amp, even with everything cranked a strat doesn't really push the amp very much. The top is more of a light bluesy tone than anything else. Because the speaker is limited it doesn't take drive very well.

The amp does have a lot of hum if you listen closely, but at this price point that's to be expected.

It's okay. I might recommend a Frontman 25R to a newbie who wants to play on the gain channel sometimes, but if you know what you're looking at here, it probably won't disappoint you.
There aren't any features unless you count a high and low input, which only makes a small difference in tone.
Seems to be of good quality, typical of Fender. Fit and finish is very good.
You do get a tube practice amp for the price, but it's pretty limited.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

5 watts

By Robert Carter

from Michigan

Comments about Fender Champion 600 5W 1x6 Combo Amp:

Could not be easier, it is on or off, low volume or more volume,.
on /off , volume ----------- one switch + one knob = perfect
So far so good. no problems
For the money this is a great tube amp. Good tone. Guitars with hotter pickups make it really bark!

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Fun, Fun, Fun

By Otto Graham00

from NE Ohio

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Comments about Fender Champion 600 5W 1x6 Combo Amp:

I really enjoy playing my Fender Strat through this. Small, really cool looking and can really crank it and get some excellent classic rock and country tones - reminds me of Rolling Stones tone like 19th Nervous Breakdown.

I plugged it into a 1x12 cabinet and it was able to drive it nicely too.
Not much to rate here but thats the point on buying this amp - a simple, straightforward, low wattage tuybe amp. You do get a step change difference of power when using the low vs the high gain input.
Everything showed up rock solid upon delivery. Only used for a few months now but still very solid and no issues.
Having a real fender tube amp, for the low price, and with the retro look was an excellent value.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

It is what it is

By Jerry

from NYC, NY

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Pros

  • Cheap
  • Easy To Use
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable

Cons

  • Cheap

Best Uses

  • Home Studio

Comments about Fender Champion 600 5W 1x6 Combo Amp:

I see some reviewers don't get what this amp is. I mean how loud do you expect a 6" speaker to be? Yes it breaks up when pushed, just like the original Champs did. While some mention it's not loud enough, if you live in an apartment it's loud enough to bother the neighbors. Others mention no effects, that's the point, raw tone just like the early days of Fender.

If you want effects Fender has the Mustang I at a similar price point. If you want the basics and want to get your tone from your guitar and fingers this is the amp.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Good, but not true Fender tone

By Ben Hunsicker

from LA

Comments about Fender Champion 600 5W 1x6 Combo Amp:

I bought this amp under the impression that it would sound like a fender amp with 6L6 tubes, but it sounds more like a Vox with EL84's. Not quite what I was expecting, but a decent home practice amp.
One volume knob so no way to shape your tone at all.

There are two inputs (high and low) should your amp to break up at a lower volume.
Not bad but not great.
It was on sale so the value was priced right.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Revamp of a Classic.

By Danton Barnes

from Oklahoma

Comments about Fender Champion 600 5W 1x6 Combo Amp:

160 bucks!!! Some of you would disagree with the perfect score, but I was blown away by how awsome of an amp a little over a bill and a half can buy. It's being marketed as a practice amp, but if you were to put it through a 1 x 12 or maybe even just mic it I have no doubt that it would handle a small gig no problem. In the studio it would shine for sure. I havn't recorded anything with it yet, but just judging by the sound of it I would say it is a must for any studio musician in the classic rock/country/blues racket. I really can't say enough about this amp, and if you are a strat lover then prepare to have a good time it really does sound great through this amp.
Not too much here other than the fact that it is a tube amp for 160 bucks!!! Volume nob. Very simple, but beautiful at the same time.(my wife looooves the vintage look her exact words were "I wouldn't be ashamed to have that in my living room")
For what is called a "practice amp" it is extremely well built! Solid sound granted a new speaker would be nice, but even as is it is a great sounding amp, and again 160 bucks. Nice on the outside and the stuff on the inside works just the way it's supposed to.
Can't beat it. I play mainly blues with some jazz here and there. I'm playing through it with a fender strat which I think is the perfect guitar for this amp. The tone is amazing. I never would have thought a amp this size would sing so well. Lots of volume too. Anyone who has ever played a tube amp knows they are a lot louder than those with less seasoned ears would think. More watts does not necessarily mean more volume. This amp delivers in all shapes of the word value. 160 bucks!!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Might become my favorite "Open Mic" amp

By earthtojohn

from Au Sable Forks, NY

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Pros

  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Fender Champion 600 5W 1x6 Combo Amp:

    I bought ZT Lunchbox amp a few weeks ago and was dissappointed enough to look at the 600...glad I did...surprisingly big tone....it will be my travel amp from now on...I agree with others that the tube need to be upgraded...mine has a bit of rattle that I'm sure is coming from the tubes...I got this on sale for a truely stupid price...I'm very happy with this amp

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best tube amp for the money!!!

    By floydian123

    from Minnetonka, MN

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Fender Champion 600 5W 1x6 Combo Amp:

      If you are looking for pure raw fender sound you have found the right amp. Super nice clean bluesy sound out of this amp. Don't let the small size fool you, this a perfect practice amp and could work in a coffee shop just fine.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great little Amp

      By Blue John

      from Florida

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Fender Champion 600 5W 1x6 Combo Amp:

        Plenty here for recording or intimate venues. Perfect for practice. Won't blow the doors off, but that's not it's purpose. Nice looking for thr price.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Nice little Amp

        By Fred

        from Gabriola Island, BC, canada

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Warmth
        • Portable

        Cons

        • Small Speaker

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Good for small venues
        • Jam With Acoustic Players
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Fender Champion 600 5W 1x6 Combo Amp:

        Nice little tube amp. I've been looking for a small tube amp used, and couldn't find anything close to the price of this one.

        Light enough to take to jams and small venues. I look forward to trying a bigger speaker. The factory supplied plug should make that easy.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Fender Champion 600

        By Dave Herman

        from Santa Fe, NM

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio

          Comments about Fender Champion 600 5W 1x6 Combo Amp:

          This amp sounds way better than I thought it would. It sounds warm, not harsh at all. It's loud enough for this small studio or could be miked. Good Stones or ZZTop overdrive on the high input up full. Single coil and humbuckers both sound great.

          (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          A Flyweight Champion

          By Jimmyjuju

          from Northeast

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          Comments about Fender Champion 600 5W 1x6 Combo Amp:

          I returned mine. I bought it when the price was higher, and couldn't get the sound I was looking for. Of course, I still can't. It is a lifelong search. The clean volume is not there. Fender is hanging its hat on the original, and this is not it. But it is a practice amp, and it is very portable. It definately has its place. And at the new price, I might just buy it if I needed a small amp.
          This amp doesn't have any features, and that might be better than too many.
          Fender is dipping down low with this amp.
          This is its best category. At the reduced price, how can you make a bad move? It says Fender on it, and its a tube amp. Even if it sounds weak and raspy, if it works, where can you get a better deal for the same money? And you can always get most of your money out of it when the time comes.

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