Fender Champion 40 Guitar Amplifier - 40W Solid State

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90 out of 100. Incorporating 700+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$200
Fender Champion 40 Guitar Amplifier 40W
Fender Champion 40 Guitar Amplifier 40W

The Fender Champion 40 is essentially the same as the Fender Champion 20 except for a few small differences.

As implied by the name, the Champion 40 has 40 watts on hand compared to the 20 Watts of the Champion 20. This isn’t going to give you a huge difference in volume, but it will allow you to retain a clean tone at volumes louder than what the Champion 20 is capable of.

The Champion 40 also comes with a 12” speaker, which helps to give the amp a bit more depth.

Features

  • 40 Watts
  • 12” Speaker
  • Different voicings that allow you to dial in a variety of tones (Fender, Vox, Marshall, metal tones).
  • Two channels which can be selected via footswitch
  • Auxiliary Input
  • Headphone Out

Another cool feature of the Champion 40 is that you have a both a dedicated clean channel as well as a channel for effects and distortion. This means that so long as you purchase the foot switch you’ll be able to switch between two distinctive tones on the fly.

Below is another meta review of the Fender Champion 40:

Even with the alluring promise of different tones and various levels of distortion, the transparency and articulation of Fender's clean sound continues to be in demand. And this demand applies to the entry level market as well, as evidenced by the popularity of the Champion 40, which takes the old school Fender look and sound, while adding a bit of modern digital amp modeling into the mix without overcomplicating the controls. It also sports the classic Fender amp look with an intuitive interface that makes it easy on the eyes, and easy to use. At 40W, this amplifier is more than capable of providing ample volume for practice, jams and small venue events, as long as other musicians keep their volumes at reasonable levels.

Features:

  • 40W Modeling Amp
  • 2 Channels (Blackface Clean and Multi-voice channel)
  • Rotary Voicing Knob to select from 12 amp voices
  • 1x12" Speaker
  • Rotary FX Selector (12 effects options) with FX Level
  • Headphones Output
  • Aux Input

Fender is not really known for amp modeling, but the high ratings of their entry level amps prove that at least in the entry-level market, their amp modeling has exceeded the expectations of many. There are mostly good words being said about this amp, citing its great tone, good headroom, versatility and light weight as laudable features. From quiet practice to small/medium venue gigs, users have found that this amplifier can do the job of an entire rig, and do so without the bulk and expense.

The aux input came up a few times, with reports of it adding unwanted hiss sound when used with a phone or tablet, but others had no problems with it. Other minor complaints were directed at the quality of some of its overdrive voicings, specifically in the higher gain settings, and its limited number of effects.

If you're not into Fender Mustang Amps with their fancy versatility, and you prefer old school streamlined Fender amp design, then go get the Champion 40.

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