Fender Super Champ X2 Tube Guitar Combo Amp 15W 1x10

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90 out of 100. Incorporating 600+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$400
Fender Super Champ X2 Tube Guitar Combo Amp 15W 1x10
Fender Super Champ X2 Tube Guitar Combo Amp 15W 1x10

Fender blends traditional tube amplification and modern digital processing together inside the Super Champ X2.

At its core is a true 15-Watt tube amplifier section, with a 12AX7 and two 6V6 tubes that drive a 10" speaker, and as expected it reproduces Fender's signature clean tone nicely in channel 1.

But what makes this tube amp special is found in the overdrive channel, where it is equipped with a Voice knob and digital effects. The Voice knob lets you choose between 16 voicings that cover classic Blackface and Tweed models, as well as other American and British style tones.

In addition, the digital effects section features 15 essential effects that include modulation, reverb, tremolo, delay and more.

Other features include in-depth control over the digital effects via USB, and built-in USB recording.

Specifications:

  • Power Rating: 15W (2 Channels)
  • Preamp Tube: 1 x 12AX7
  • Poweramp Tube: 2 x 6V6
  • Speaker: 10" Fender Special Design
  • Input: 1 x 1/4"
  • Output: 1 x 1/4" Line Out, Footswitch, USB
  • Cabinet: Open Back
  • Controls: Channel Select Switch, Volume Ch1, Volume Ch2, Gain, Voice, Treble, Bass, FX Adjust, FX Select, Tap Tempo Switch
  • Weight: 24 lbs

Pros

Many users consider the Fender Super Champ X2 as the best bang per buck tube amplifier in this price range, and with everything that it can do, its easy to agree. But its not just about having the most features, because it gets a lot of thumbs up for its basic overdrive and clean tones. Nick Guppy from Music Radar also commend its convenient USB recording capability, saying: "The recorded tones are authentic, overdrives respond well to picking dynamics and the reverbs are smooth and detailed."

Cons

There are a few users who find some of the high gain tones to be lackluster, but some are able to make better use of them with a bit of tweaking. Still, for most uses, the tones are good enough.

Overall

The Fender Super Champ X2 is a multifaceted tube amp that does well in practice, live performance and recording. Highly recommended for those who want an amp that can handle these three roles efficiently.

At time of publication we were recommending the Super Champ X2 in our guide to The Best Combo Amps Under $500.

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