The Fender Super-Champ X2 HD 15W Tube Guitar Amp Head combines 15 watts of rich, dual-channel tube amp sound with modern extra such as versatile amp voicing and a wide selection of digital effects. It... Read More
The Fender Super-Champ X2 HD 15W Tube Guitar Amp Head combines 15 watts of rich, dual-channel tube amp sound with modern extra such as versatile amp voicing and a wide selection of digital effects. It's simple, toneful and flexible, and with its easy computer connectivity you can also custom tailor your amp's voicing and effects to your personal taste. Your rehearsal and recording sessions will really come alive with the unlimited tones that can be created with the Super Champ X2.
Made in Ensenada, Mexico, the Super Champ X2 features a voicing knob for selection of 16 different amp types (tweed, Blackface, British, metal and more), 15 effects with level control, dual-channel switching (footswitch optional), tap tempo control for precise delay time adjustment, 1/4" line output, external speaker capability and USB output for speaker emulated digital recording. Fender FUSE software (available as a free download) allows even more tonal versatility, with customization of amp voicing and effects defaults, effects parameters deep editing, and online access to free Fender community content.
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I play with worship band at church, so having a versatile amp is essential, We do a broad range of music and I pair the Super Champ head with a Gretsch 12 string, Fender Jag, Fender Tele, and a hot-rodded Epi Les Paul. This amp handles everything well, giving exceptional cleans and articulation with the Gretsch, mild and warm gain with the Jag/P90 combination and some thick rhythm sounds with the Les Paul. In a relatively small venue, the 15W rating allows pushing the volume and gain to levels where you can dial in the sound in a way you can't with higher output amps. Plus, it takes my collection of TC Electronics, VFE, DigiTech, Visual Sounds and MXR pedals with excellent results. After using other Fender, Carvin, Kustom, Sunn, Line 6, Acoustic and other amps, this one hits every sound I need, with a single amp and setup.
I had one of the original Super Champ XD combo amp and really liked it except for the wimpy 10" speaker that came with it and the fact you couldn't change the timing on any of the effects presets. I traded it for Super Champ X2 HD head only and Fender addressed the timing issue with the addition of the Tap Tempo. I solved the speaker issue by using an Egnater Rebel 1X12 cabinet and a modfied Peavey cabinet with 2 Jensen C10Rs. I've only had this particular head for a couple of weeks, but from what I've seen, It's going to be a work horse. The clean tones from this amp are really very, very good and the modeled amps are very usable. Great for jazz, blues, rock.. extremely versatile. The effects aren't the best in the world by any stretch of the imagination, but they're not horrible either. I use a combination of pedals and Pro Tools plug-ins in the studio and can get pretty much whatever tone I need. For gigging, the head with a decent cabinet would be perfect for small lounges or a DI feed to the P.A. The only drawback is that switching from one amp model to another is completely manual (the footswitch only selects clean/modeled and efx on/off). The Fuse software is really impressive, although I've not had time to really get into it very deeply yet. From what I've played around with, it great enhances the flexibility of the amp and is reasonably easy to use. As a studio/recording amp, it is ideal and I highly recommend it.
This amp is NOT a boutique $1000-plus tube amp that many of us cannot afford. It IS however a very nice little tube amp that has very usable effects for the price. It is a hybrid amp of sorts in that while it is a true tube amp with a pre-amp tube and power tube, the magic comes from all of the amp models that come loaded in it. You can also get others off the net if you are not somewhat techno-challenged like me - and who has the time for it? The bottom line is that these digital effects are quite realistic. If you want to sound like you're playing through a '59 Bassman, it's there... A Supersonic - got it... A Marshall JCM 800, well they don't all sound exactly like the original, but for this money you're close. I was always taught in manufacturing that a if product performs as well or better than the customer expectations, then it has high quality and value. This one exceeds my expectations and that's why it gets 5-stars from me. If you don't like the tone it brings out in your playing, try a good cabinet. I play mine through a 212 with Greenbacks (nice tone) and a 212 with Vintage 30's (even better).
It's a fun little amplifier head that looks cute and has some nice sounds. The modeling channel is pretty tweakable and when you dive into the FUSE software it opens things up a bit more for sure. Both channels do have that digital thing going on for sure. Fender. Why don't you just make this as a single channel all tube 15w with a small reverb tank? You would sell more than you could make. Effects are marginal and if you think you are going to use this in a band and get a loud enough signal from the clean channel and then switch to the drive channel and have it be balanced. Think again. You can get it somewhat close using the software, but you will still be adjusting your guitar volume. Fun to fart around with, but tricks are for kids. You are getting what you paid for with this amp.
I've been playing guitar for almost 25 years, I am not a pro, but just a casual player who likes to play covers, and write and record some of my own music. I play mostly blues/rock. I normally play two different guitars through this amp, a Fender american select mahogony body strat, and an epiphone flmaetop dot. I prefer mostly a clean sound, with a little gain/od and reverb, which this amp is perfect for. I have yet to setup the fender fuse program and change any of the settings yet, but out of the box I find the old fender amp models to sound really good, but I don't really use any of the higher gain voicings. I wanted a low watt, affordable tube amp for that tube sound that has a natural sustain and reverb that you just can't get with a solid state, even with amp models. Well this fit the bill, and them some. For the price, paired with the SC112, it really is a bargain. Real tube tone, with so many extras, you just can't beat the price. I highly recommend you try one of these out, and if you order one, don't worry about shipping. These came to me in some of the toughest cardboard boxes I have ever seen, and well packed, so no worries about damage.
Very usable tuber. Just a couple pet peeves, one sound, one build, neither one makes me regret purchase. I have an 80's vintage Super Champ and if you are wondering, this is a different animal. The tube tones deliver a sweet ride, the thing is easy to carry around and the amp models have more settings out of the box than I need. I like it a lot but ain't in love with it...yet. I gig with this paired with the 80's Super Champ and I use the champ, bassman, and deluxe voice settings. I have a multi-effect amp modeling pedal that had me very skeptical of modeling and maybe it's the hybrid thing but the models in the X2 sound very natural to me. This amp with a full range cabinet has more low end than the 80's model, rounds out the mids and highs of the 80's amp and the two 15 watt amps come across like a much bigger amp. For me this is enough for most clubs, just one wasn't doing it without mic-ing. One reason I didn't give this 5 stars is the clean channel doesn't use the master volume. The 80's amp master volume rules all settings - clean, mid-boost and lead. I like that, a lot. I use the 80's clean channel with the gain up around 8 a lot and use the master to bring volume up and down. It gives soft, tuby distortion when you hit the strings and warm, clean sounds when you don't. Leaving settings the same but pulling mid-boost gives me a nice Stones-ish distortion and the lead channel puts it up over the top. Can't do that with the X2, at least not the way it's delivered. The clean channel on the X2 breaks up nice when cranked, but only when you're using most of the 15 watts - great for a club but for me means practice settings and club settings are different. Maybe there's a way to set that with the programmable feature. Observations on the amp build - the box, handle and exterior feel solid but the knobs feel cheap and plasticky to me. When I touch the the knobs I feel like it's a toy and have to remind myself I'm getting the tube sound, portability, etc I want.
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