Fender Champion 20 Guitar Amplifier 20W
The Fender Champion 20 is arguably 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.
- Power Rating: 20-Watts
- Speaker Size: 8”
- Effects: Reverb, Delay, Chorus, Tremolo, Vibratone, Overdrive
- 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"
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.
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. Note that while this amp is very light, it does not have the portability features that some of the amps in this list offer.
The Fender Champion 20's unprecedented combination of sonic versatility and quality help make this amp very easy to recommend. In fact, at the time of publication, this was one of the guitar amps that we've provided the most recommendations for which you can see, along with the retailers we recommend you buy it from, in these guides: Solid State Guitar Amps, Modeling Amps, Practice Amps and Guitar Amps Under $200.
Below is another meta-review for the Fender Champion 20
There’s not much to be said about Fender that hasn’t already been said. They are 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.
In addition, it comes with essential effects like reverb, chorus, and delay, complete with tap tempo functionality so you can match the speed of your effects with the music. Finally this amp is dressed in a familiar combo amp profile.
- 20 Watts
- 8” Speaker
- Different voicings that allow you to dial in a variety of tones (Fender, Vox, Marshall, metal tones).
- Auxiliary Input.
- Headphone Out
The Fender Champion 20 continues to be among the highest rated amp modelers in the market, but it's not because of versatility - rather it is because of its ease of use. Users find that it is much easier to get good sounds with this amp with its intuitive control setup, and for this reason it ranks better than Fender's Mustang series, which has more digital sound processing features. There are also plenty of compliments pointing towards its build quality. As expected, many commend this amp for its clean tones, it also helps that it looks similar to vintage Fender amps.
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.
If you want a good value amp that gives you enough features without overcomplicated controls then this is for you.