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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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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
 
4.8

(based on 54 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (46)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (26)
  • Portable (26)
  • Excellent sound (20)
  • Good power output (18)
  • Warm / comfy (18)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (17)
  • Amateur recording (11)
  • Performances (6)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (15), Novice (6), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I would most definately buy Fender again

I'm using this mainly as an addition to the home studio. But it have found this little amp very handy on the stage in small venues and in support at larger shows. The only...Read complete review

I'm using this mainly as an addition to the home studio. But it have found this little amp very handy on the stage in small venues and in support at larger shows. The only thing I've found troublesome is that it only has one input jack. So only one guitar can be played through it at a time, etc. And you have problems trying to daisy chain the amp in line with others. Which can be very handy for optimal sound sometimes.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Very disappointed

I wanted a lighter weight amp. I read multiple reviews on the champion 40 as well as watched many demos on line. I wanted to try one out, but none of the stores...Read complete review

I wanted a lighter weight amp. I read multiple reviews on the champion 40 as well as watched many demos on line. I wanted to try one out, but none of the stores had one in stock. ( I now know why). So, I ordered on line from Guitar Center. Frankly, I'm amazed at the good reviews this amp gets. I am very disappointed. I think the sound quality is poor, the range is limited, etc. I which I'd taken it back during the return period.

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(23 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Better than expected!

By Tom

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

(17 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

the PERFECT amp

By Don Baragiano

from Athens, PA

Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

I'm a 62 y/o composer/performer/guitarist. I already own a Line 6 Valve amp and a Roland Cube 40 XL. I was looking for something lightweight with interesting voices. This new Fender Champion 40 is it! The clean channel only has ONE control - volume. It is voiced for the Classic Twin Reverb sound. I use the Plate Reverb setting, which adds a studio quality tube sound. I run that channel on "8". It is beautifully clean and full. The 2nd channel features amp modeling (although the limited marketing pieces I find online say it has no modeling) I don't get that. Isn't that something to crow about? Fender prefers to use the term 'voice'. This amp includes the following 12 voices: TWEED: ......Bassman, Deluxe, Champ '65: ..........Twin, Deluxe, Princeton BRITISH: ....60's, 70's, 80's METAL.......Supersonic, 90's Metal, 2000 Metal This amp is brand new. After seeing that it had the same voicing as their Champ XD, I rolled the dice. I'm so glad I did, I basically need 3 sounds, extreme clean w/verb, Tweed Overdrive for slight breakup & some over the top Boogie type sound for soloing. All this in a 19 pound package. Check it out!

(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A great fusion of the Frontman and the Mustang amps

By Mitch Wiedemann

from Ithaca, NY

Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

The Champion 40 has some really nice sounds in a light-weight, classic black face amp style. It's what I've been waiting for. If you're like me, you want your amps to have great sound, you want them to look cool, and you don't want them to cost a lot. I really liked the idea of the old Fender Frontman amps. Simple blackface styling, light-weight, and inexpensive. The trouble with the Frontman series was with the un-controllable volume control taper, and the harsh drive channel. The Champion series has a very usable volume control taper, and several great amp models to give decent overdrive/distortion sounds. I really like some things about the Fender Mustang series too. I used mostly two of the many amp models -- '65 Deluxe and Super-Sonic. I didn't like the top-mounted controls on the Mustangs, or the fact that the knobs didn't always reflect the actual state of the control. I had no interest in the thousands of tweaks that could be made with the software. I like my amps simpler and better-looking than the Mustang series. Lo-and-behold, the Champion series has the best aspects of the Frontman series (styling and price) and the best sounds of the Mustang series. While I'm at it, I may as well answer the ubiquitous amp question: "Is this amp giggable?" The answer is, "it depends on the overall volume of your band" If you're playing coffee houses or house parties, then probably. If you're in a hard rock or metal band, then chances are your stage volumes are higher, and you'll want to get the Champion 100. If I were currently playing guitar in my band (I'm the drummer) I'd get the Champion 100.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Foot Switch For champ 40

By Joseph

from Orange Ca

Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

I've had My Champion 40 for a few months now. It really is a very good amp and does all and more then I expected from this Champ. If your looking for the "Foot Pedal" for your Champ 40, You need to Order the P.N # 0071359000. The one listed in the Owners Hand Book is the wrong number. The number listed above is correct. it's listed as The Super Champ XD. I just received mine Saturday and it works great. I have a previous review on this amp if you want to check it out..

(9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great practice amp

By Robert

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.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect!

By Ricky's Dad

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.

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Value/Rockin Amp

      By Darrell

      from Millbrook, Alabama

      Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

      I had been looking for a good practice Amp to use with my new Les Paul and this one fit the bill great. It is a very easy to use powerful amp that is light weight. I has more FX and voices than I have even figured out how to make the most of yet. I am using it in my home studio right now and it will rattle the walls. It has typical Fender quality for a reasonable price. The one thing I want to add is the optional footswitch that can be used to select Channel 1 (Clean with or with out FX) or Channel 2 (voices and overdrive with or with out FX). I have not tried to use it in a performance setting yet, but I feel sure it will be more than enough power for the small to medium indoor stuff that I do. If you are looking for a good amp at a reasonable price this is it. Can't beat a Fender.

      (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Nice playing amp

      By Rockin' Ronnie

      from Hackettstown, New Jersey

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

        This is a fine, good sounding amp. Has great projection and versatility. All that you would expect from Fender. Only 40 watts, but more than enough to get you want you want. The on board effects are typical and give you more options than what you'd might expect. Always like pedals better for more realistic, true definition but remember this is just more of a practice and small venue amp.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great amp - good for beginner

        By MainlandGal510

        from Emeryville/East Bay, CA

        About Me Novice

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio

          Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

          Classic look. Easy to use & lightweight. Love the headphone & AUX inputs. Pretty loud for just practicing in the house. Found a used one here at GC. Gotta love that!

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great little Amp

          By Dane

          from Webster NY

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Performances

            Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

            Have a larger Fender Amp. but I needed a smaller one to get around with. Sounds almost as good as the larger.

            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Fender Champion 40

            By Namenick

            from Ohio

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio

              Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

              Haven't turned it louder than a4

              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              a jazz man and guitar lovers dream

              By Ruben

              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.

              (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              I would most definately buy Fender again

              By Kramdogproductions

              from Fairfield, Iowa

              About Me Experienced

              See all my reviews

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • For a 40 it's got more sound than most. That's F
              • Good Warmth
              • Portable

              Cons

              • Only one input jack

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Small venues

              Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

              I'm using this mainly as an addition to the home studio. But it have found this little amp very handy on the stage in small venues and in support at larger shows. The only thing I've found troublesome is that it only has one input jack. So only one guitar can be played through it at a time, etc. And you have problems trying to daisy chain the amp in line with others. Which can be very handy for optimal sound sometimes.

              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Fantastic For Apartment

              By jdm

              from Philadelphia, PA

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Portable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Practice

                Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

                I use this for practice in my apartment. I also recommend it to my beginner guitar students. I can only turn it to about 2 or 3 before it becomes too loud for an apartment. The amp simulations are all fantastic. It's not as warm as a real tube amp (of course), but it actually does sound great for practice. The effects are not very good, but this shouldn't be of great importance for practice. I certainly wouldn't use it in a professional setting, but overall the quality of the product is great for the price.

                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great practice amp

                By Eric

                from Nazareth, PA

                About Me Experienced

                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.

                  (5 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  CHAMPION 40 Just so so

                  By Chicago Mike

                  from Little Rock

                  About Me Experienced

                  See all my reviews

                  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 .

                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Love it!

                  By Danny from Austin

                  from Austin, TX

                  See all my reviews

                  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

                  (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Just What I Needed and More!

                  By Roger Bruner

                  from Glen Allen, VA

                  Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

                  I'd been using one of two little 15-watt guitar for practice purposes, but each one sounded pretty puny. I also had a 65-watt Crate amp that had gotten too heavy for me to cart around. Since I don't make money with my playing, a replacement had to be both reasonably priced and reasonably light-weight. I first saw this amp for sale full-price. Although $225 was more than I could justify, the size and power rating fit what I needed perfectly. And I knew I couldn't go wrong with a Fender product. So I went to Guitar Center, where they ordered it for me at $179.99. I'd expected that I'd have to go back to pick it up at the store, but they had it shipped directly to my home. At no cost. Eight days later, it arrived. What a joy to use! I have yet to try out all the combinations of sounds, but it sure makes my Taylor GS-Mini sound like one of the big boys. I play in a weekly nursing home ministry and plan to cart this along this coming Wednesday. Even though we use a good PA system there, I don't have a monitor and sometimes can barely hear myself. This should solve that problem nicely.

                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Fender Amp!

                  By Dan Castanho

                  from Vacaville CA

                  Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

                  I haven't used too many amps because I'm a beginner, but I'm pretty sure this amp packs one heck of a deal. I was looking for an amp for a reasonably low price, but great quality, and I found the Champion 40. This amp will give you great adjustable voice modifications, a nice clean regular setting, and a nice array of FX to choose from. The Fender five-year warranty is pretty sweet too. I would recommend this amp to just about anyone.

                  (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Everything it promises

                  By Brookster

                  from Palm Beach County

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  See all my reviews

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Portable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Studio

                    Comments about Fender Champion 40 Guitar Combo Amp:

                    Nice clean fender sound, very portable

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