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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... Read More

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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.

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
Specifications
  • 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
 
4.7

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

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    (2)

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71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (6)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Good power output (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
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    • Experienced (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Better than expected!

I was in the market for a smaller, lighter amp since I was breaking my back hauling my vintage Musicman RD-65 tube amp back and forth to church every Sunday. Our church is...Read complete review

I was in the market for a smaller, lighter amp since I was breaking my back hauling my vintage Musicman RD-65 tube amp back and forth to church every Sunday. Our church is about the size of a medium club and I mic the amp into the board. I was skeptical since I have ALWAYS used tube amps and love the punch and dynamics of tube amps. Solid state amps always sounded flat with squashed dynamics to me. But I took a shot. I tried the Mustang II first. The capabilities of that amp are amazing but it had 2 problems. Since it is trying to do everything, I didn't feel like it did anything really well. The dynamics were flat and it sounded "solid state" to me. Also, it was hard to make changes live since any movement of any knob makes the amp want to change the preset and the red light starts blinking. I found that distracting while performing. So I took a shot with the Champion 40. Holy cow! This amp really captures the dynamics of a tube amp and has a real punch on the Tweed and Blackface settings. Its not the same as a real tube amp but its REALLY close. It's plenty loud in a small club or practice environment. Anything bigger than that and you are going to be mic'd anyway. The digital effects are solid. They are not going to replace decent pedals, but its nice to have them to layer similar effects. I played virtually everything GC had in the sub $400 range that was solid state and light and this amp, BY FAR, beats them all

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

CHAMPION 40 Just so so

Watched reviews on Utube and read many . Was not impressed once purchased. Sound is weak and poorer quality than I expected . Not even close to a higher end Fender , Marshall or...Read complete review

Watched reviews on Utube and read many . Was not impressed once purchased. Sound is weak and poorer quality than I expected . Not even close to a higher end Fender , Marshall or other .

Okay for user that is beginner or one who has a tight budget . Maybe Champion 100 has more fuller sound and character.

Okay for practice, will not miss if it disappeared .

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4.0

The body of sound is impressive. Price is rite.

By 

from Tampa

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

      This amplifier is easy to transport, light weight and perfect for playing with friends away from home. Portability and practacality is it's best virtues. Sounds good too.

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      4.0

      Great practice amp

      By 

      from Nazareth, PA

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Clean Sounds
      • Portable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Good "first Band" Amp
        • Home Practice

        Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

        Good value for the price! Bought it for home practice and for kids to use. I think this will turn out to be a great first amp if they try to start a "first" band.

        The Tweed, Blackface, and British models are pretty decent. Not a fan of the Metal sounds. Especially at higher volumes. Would rather keep it clean and use a good OD/Dist pedal for those sounds.

        Built in effects not too bad. Especially for the uses above.

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        5.0

        Perfect!

        By 

        from Alpharetta, GA

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Portable

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

            Bought this Fender Champion 40 for my teenage son for Christmas to go with his new Epiphone Les Paul. I also looked at the Marshall MG30CFX and would probably have picked it just b/c LP's and Marshall's seem to go together. But the MG30 was out-of-stock and this little Fender fit our requirements just as well. Plus, on paper, it has a little more power and a 12" speaker instead of a 10" on the MG30. Either way, I think he would have been very happy.

            It's his first amp, along with his first electric guitar. So, knowing there would be a bit of a learning-curve involved (even though he's been playing acoustic for a while now) I wanted an amp with simple dial controls and not too much in the way of electronic wizardry. Would have looked at the Fender Mustang or maybe an entry-level Peavey Vypyr otherwise.

            Yet there's plenty here to experiment with without adding more complication to getting the hang of it. And the tone and output are very good for our purposes, certainly more than acceptable for a novice.

            Other buying parameters were:
            Well-known brand: Check
            Headphone jack: Check
            Input jack: Check
            Lightweight: Check
            Enough power for eventual garage-band: Check (just)

            All in all, a great little beginner's or practice amp that gets the job done and looks great doing it! No doubt, this won't be my son's last amp we buy from Guitar Center, but it makes a heck of a good first one.

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            3.0

            CHAMPION 40 Just so so

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            from Little Rock

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Portable
            • Powerful
            • Very light weight

            Cons

            • Not Pro Gear By Any Means
            • Not What I Had Expected
            • Ok For Home Use
            • Poor Sound Quality
            • Sound Quality Average

            Best Uses

            • Bedroom practice
            • Ok For Beginner

            Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

            Watched reviews on Utube and read many . Was not impressed once purchased. Sound is weak and poorer quality than I expected . Not even close to a higher end Fender , Marshall or other .

            Okay for user that is beginner or one who has a tight budget . Maybe Champion 100 has more fuller sound and character.

            Okay for practice, will not miss if it disappeared .

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            5.0

            I would buy this again

            By 

            from chicago il

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

                It is a new amp and sounds as nice as the Fenders we used 40 years ago! Reverb and tremolo are excellent!

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                3.0

                Fender Champion 40

                By 

                from Fort Myers, FL

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Great sound
                • Portable
                • Powerful

                Cons

                • Limited Functions
                • Would Have Been Better To

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Good practice amp
                • Home Studio

                Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

                Was expecting more bang for the buck which I could have saved a few extra if I'd have had time to shop around cause I did find it cheaper a couple weeks later with an included foot switch, but thus is life and we move on.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Love it!

                By 

                from Austin TX

                Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

                I am a beginner and got this amp to go with an Epiphone ES339 Pro. The sound is fantastice on both clean and overdrive channels, and the voices and effects are addicting! Just the thing to keep me motivated to practice (as if I really needed anything).

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great practice amp

                By 

                from Houston,Texas

                Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

                A good upgrade from the Frontman 25R and it has some great effects for a solid state amp. Love the reverb and delay settings and the gain is much better than the 25R. By the way-- a Fender Blues Jr. amp cover fits this pretty well--very similar in size. Also has different amp sound settings that are interesting to try and see what sounds good when playing different tunes.

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                (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Better than expected!

                By 

                from Orlando, FL

                Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

                I was in the market for a smaller, lighter amp since I was breaking my back hauling my vintage Musicman RD-65 tube amp back and forth to church every Sunday. Our church is about the size of a medium club and I mic the amp into the board. I was skeptical since I have ALWAYS used tube amps and love the punch and dynamics of tube amps. Solid state amps always sounded flat with squashed dynamics to me. But I took a shot. I tried the Mustang II first. The capabilities of that amp are amazing but it had 2 problems. Since it is trying to do everything, I didn't feel like it did anything really well. The dynamics were flat and it sounded "solid state" to me. Also, it was hard to make changes live since any movement of any knob makes the amp want to change the preset and the red light starts blinking. I found that distracting while performing. So I took a shot with the Champion 40. Holy cow! This amp really captures the dynamics of a tube amp and has a real punch on the Tweed and Blackface settings. Its not the same as a real tube amp but its REALLY close. It's plenty loud in a small club or practice environment. Anything bigger than that and you are going to be mic'd anyway. The digital effects are solid. They are not going to replace decent pedals, but its nice to have them to layer similar effects. I played virtually everything GC had in the sub $400 range that was solid state and light and this amp, BY FAR, beats them all

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                a jazz man and guitar lovers dream

                By 

                from East Chicago Indiana

                Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

                I was weary of getting this but I wanted a back and foot saver. I had just gotten in may a bugera v 22. That amp is not troublesome as far as it not working,it does and sounds awesome. The trouble is that it is 2 heavy to carry. I saw that this amp was 19 lbs and said hmmm! this amp is light weight. so I bought one I said let see how it sounds. I plug in my arch top and adjusted the controls and what a sound. I said well I will take my tube amp to good paying gigs at far places and this to local clubs and venues and mike it if not loud enough. This amp 4 jazz and clean sounds 4 me is perfect. If I play blues It will do fine but my target is jazz. If you don't have the cash 4 the rated amps 4 jazz or on a budget and need something on the fly do get by (IMHO) this could be the amp 4 u. Trust me it will save your back in the long run. As a practice amp it is a given but 4 gigs it is the test 4 me and u.

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