Fender Champion 20 Guitar Amplifier 20W

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92 out of 100. Incorporating 1350+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$130
Fender Champion 20
Fender Champion 20

Fender is well known for their bright clean tones and bluesy grit, both of which are well represented in the Champion 20.

But this amp is more than just basic clean and overdrive tones because it comes with various voicings that are inspired by famous amps, making it one of the most versatile amps in its price range, with 8 different amp models and onboard effects.

The amp models cover vintage Fender Amplifiers, a Vox model, a Marshall model, and three high-gain models.

The onboard effects are also a great inclusion, featuring the majority of modulation effects the average guitar player is likely going to need. The amp also comes with Fender style reverb, which is the most copied reverb ever.

Lastly, the Champion 20 also comes with AUX-In and headphone functionality, allowing you to jam along with your favorite tracks and practice silently respectively.

Features

  • Power Rating: 20-Watts
  • Speaker Size: 8”
  • Effects: Reverb, Delay, Chorus, Tremolo, Vibratone, Overdrive
  • Amp Models: 12 (Vintage Fenders, Vox, Marshall, Mesa Boogie, Super-Sonic)
  • Controls: Volume, Channel, Gain, Channel 2 Volume, Voice, Treble, Bass, FX Level, FX Select, Tap Temp
  • Inputs/Outputs: ¼”, AUX-In, Effects Loop, Headphones
  • Weight: 12 lbs
  • Dimensions (Height x Width x Depth): 12.75" x 13.75" x 7.5"

Pros
While clean tone is obviously the star feature of this amp, there are plenty of users who are just as impressed with its overdriven tone - the high-gain ones even get special mentions. This makes it worth a look if you’re looking for modern high gain tones. There are also plenty of comments about its build quality, which surprises many considering its cheap price point.

Cons
Tone preference seem to be a common reason why some people rate this amp a bit lower, usually they don't like a particular amp model or two. For some, the Champion 20’s greatest strength, which is its simplicity, is also its weakness. There are users who wish for more features like effects and amp models. Another concern is the lack of a line-out port, which can be used for plugging to a PA system or for recording.

Overall
The Fender Champion 20's unprecedented combination of sonic versatility and quality help make this amp very easy to recommend. In fact, this has been one of the guitar amps that we've provided the most recommendations for over the last few years, and you can see some of them along with the retailers we recommend, in these guides: Modeling Amps and Guitar Amps Under $200.

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