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Fender Champion 40

240

Combo for Electric Guitar

  • Output power: 40 Watt
  • 2 Channels
  • Equipped with 1x 12" special design speaker
  • Controls for channel 1: volume
  • Controls for channel 2: gain, volume, voice
  • Controls for channels 1+2: treble, bass, FX level, FX select, tap
  • Effects: reverb, delay/ echo, chorus, tremolo, vibratone
  • Input and outputs: Aux 1/8'' mini stereo jack, headphones 1/8'' mini stereo jack
  • Foot switch output (matching foot switch: Art. 200048 - not included)
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 438 x 438 x 230 mm
  • Weight: 8.6 kg
  • Design: black bronco vinyl with silver front grill
Power 40 W
Speaker 1x 12"
Channels 2
Reverb Yes
Effects Processor Yes
External FX Loop No
Line Input Yes
Recording Output No
MIDI Interface No
Connection for External Speaker No
Headphone Output Yes
Footswitch connection Yes
Incl. Footswitch No
Weight 8,6 kg
available since September 2013
Item number 322678
$179
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Modern technology, classic looks

With its Champion series, Fender has added a selection of affordable amplifiers to its range that combine modern transistor amplification and selected modelling capabilities with the distinctive black faceplate, control layout, and silver-grey grille cloth of the company’s classic late-1960s “Blackface” amps. The Champion 40 is the mid-sized model in the series and, as its name suggests, delivers 40 watts of power – enough for most applications. Whether live or in the rehearsal room, the Fender Champion 40 will make sure everyone can hear you, and its modelling circuitry also provides tonal flexibility.

A blast from the past with added features

In terms of design, the Fender Champion 40 is a classic two-channel amp. Channel 1 is the clean channel, which features a volume control and delivers Fender’s characteristic, shimmering clean tones. Channel 2 provides crunch and overdrive sounds and features controls for volume and gain, the latter of which adjusts the level of overdrive. There is also an effect section that includes Reverb, Delay, Chorus, and Tremolo. The first effect control sets the effect level, while the second is used to select the effect type. The effect section and the three-band EQ are shared by both channels, which can be selected using the dedicated button on the amplifier’s front panel or the footswitch that is included in the scope of delivery.

A sophisticated entry-level amp

At first glance, the Fender Champion 40’s elegant and eye-catching vintage looks don’t immediately suggest that it is also a great amp for beginners. It also comes at a surprisingly budget-friendly price. Of course, you don’t get an all-tube amplifier for that money, but the Champion’s modelling circuitry nevertheless delivers an impressive sound, and it is less sensitive and requires less maintenance than its tube-driven counterparts, which will also suit beginners down to the ground. The 40-watt power amp and 1x12” speaker configuration make the Champion 40 the ideal choice for guitarists who want a full-size amplifier with a wealth of features that doesn’t cost a fortune.

About Fender

Fender is without doubt one of the most legendary guitar and amplifier manufacturers of all time. The company was founded in 1946 by its namesake Leo Fender († 1991), whose innovative ideas brought a breath of fresh air into the musical world. His Telecaster, Stratocaster, Precision Bass, and Jazz Bass are not only classics – they also continue to shape the styles of musicians in countless genres to this day. Timeless Fender amplifier models such as the Bassman, Twin, Deluxe, and Princeton also enjoy a stellar reputation. Besides maintaining its classic product portfolio, however, the company is also constantly developing new products that make Fender a driving force in today’s music industry.

A broad palette of sounds

Playing a gig with a Metal band at the weekend and then a Big Band rehearsal on Monday night? Neither of these is a problem for the Fender Champion. Its modelling unit provides a range of fine-tuned sounds from Jazz to Metal, and also includes classic Fender sounds with its Tweed and Blackface settings. It is precisely this extensive tonal palette that makes the Fender Champion an excellent companion for beginners who have perhaps not yet decided what genre of music they want to make, and of course for players who simply want to cover a range of different styles. This amplifier covers virtually every requirement, and its classic Fender looks are never out of place.

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pretty good
Misul 01.01.2020
Honestly, for its price it is not just decent, but great. Moreover, if you are a beginner this is perfect, because there are not a lot of buttons unneeded, so making your setup should not be hard. However, if you are pro, you should consider saving up more money and buying something with more features, unless you already have a full pedalboard.

pros;
- really easy to use
- 2 channels
- it has a tap button for the FX (effects) so that you can change the effect the way you want to
- sound great, I don't see any problem
- for 40W its volume is too big, I mean at first I thought it's gonna be a quiet amp, and that's why I was looking at a 100W one, but it shocked me to see that it has such a big volume and resonance for such a little amp

cons;
- it has some effects, but they are not great, so you should still look at some pedals (nevertheless, for beginners it's still pretty great)
... and that's it. Frankly, I cannot find too many cons for this amp.

Per overall, it is a great amp, for beginners, and for pro, as long as you have a pedalboard.
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Super good value for home and gig - advanced and beginners
FelixOscar 09.01.2018
I am using this combo with my 60s strat.

PROs:
First of all - the clean sound is fenders strength, also in this one! The build in effects are very nice and give you a broad range to start off if you do not have pedals. I am using it at home, for gigs and rehearsals. Everywhere it performed very well. The size is handy, it is light and the price is a dream for what you get. I first wanted to buy a Blackstar, Mustang or Boss modelling combo but this convinced me more. It sounds more real I think and with some pedals there is nearly no limit.
Especially for beginners I would say: BUY this. You can also plug in your phone via AUX and do playalongs also using headphones.

CONs:
I am only missing a very clean reverb (but I am being very pick here so dont mind)

Summary:
You cant do no wrong buying this I would say. Love it! :)
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Great amp for the price range
Vaseer 28.09.2020
Using for practice home and with folk.

This amp has great clean sound, and very decent overdrive, vib and reverb effects.

Includes an aux-in so one can easily plug into a phone/pc and play with a backing track.

Clean channel is crisp enough, and clear - includes a treble and bass control, so there's flexibility in altering the tone to one's contempt. Can range from crisp clear, to fat and bluesy without much effort.

Works amazing when paired with something like BluesBreaker pedal.

Gets loud enough to cover a band in practice/small venue.

Definitely recommend if searching for great cleans and/or blues sound.

Pros:
- Amazing clean channel
- Good reverb, vibrato and overdrive(particularly metal and brit rock voice)
- 40W output - gets loud enough to cover practice band or small venue
- Aux in for backing track play - simple and just works
- Light enough to not bee too much of a burden
- Great range of tones

Cons:
- Outside of the effects mentioned in ^^, the rest are meh
- Aux-in volume control MUST be done from the playback device - amp has no control over that - BE WARNED - if you blast your phone full volume through aux, its deafening - lower volume first before plugging in. Amp vol knob will have NO effect on aux in.
- No possibility of connecting to PC and adding new effects
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KevinNN 05.05.2021
Im perfectly happy with Fender Champion 40 amp in my home studio. Love the super clean sound of it and the reverb FX style - those who in love with 60s sound should love this amp :D

- super clean sound, what i expect from an amp
- could be very loud - i use at minimum at home
- solid build/construction and sexy look

I recently ordered a Fender pedal to switch between channels. Let's see, how it will work together!
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