Fender Super-Champ X2 HD 15W Tube Guitar Amp Head (Discontinued in North America)
The Fender Super-Champ X2 HD is a true champion when it comes to versatility and quality, combining old school tube technology with modern amp voicing and digital effects, all in a compact and portable 15W amplifier head.
With a single 12AX7 preamp tube and two 6V6 power amp tubes, you can't lump this amp with conventional amp modelers, but you also can't group it with traditional tube amps because it does let you choose from 16 amp voicings that cover everything from clean Tweed tones to high-gain metal.
In addition, the amp comes with 15 effects that include variations of reverb, tremolo, modulation and delay.
With its low watt rating, the Super-Champ X2 HD is ideal for practice and recording, while being loud and portable enough for small venue gigs.
Finally all these features are made available in a compact and more importantly - affordable package.
- Power: 15W
- Speaker: 1 x 12"
- Amp Modeling: 16 voicings
- Preamp Tubes: 1 x 12AX7
- Power Tubes: 2 x 6V6
- Effects: 15 Effects
- Controls: Volume 1, Gain, Volume 2, Voice, Treble, Bass, F/X Adjust, F/X Select, Channel Select, Tap Tempo
- Input: 1 x 1/4"
- Outputs: 1 x 1/4" (Speaker), 1 x 1/4" (Line), USB (Recording / Software Control)
- Weight: 18.5 lbs.
Praises and recommendations continue to flood the reviews of the Fender Super-Champ X2 HD, pointing to its great value for money as its main selling point. Even users who are not happy with some of the extra features agree that the amp gives you more than what you pay for. As expected from a Fender tube amp, clean tone is well received, while others are equally happy with the other voicings. Another plus for the Super-Champ X2 HD is that it gets good feedback from guitarists of different playing styles and instruments, be it single-coil equipped or even those with active humbucker pickups. It also gets a lot of thumbs up for its sonic versatility and convenience.
While many appreciate its bulk of features, there are a few who feel that Fender went overboard, and should've limited the voicings to just a few to ensure that sound quality is not compromised. On the other hand, there are some who felt that the extra features are nice, but they are turned off by the need to use a computer to get full access to all the controls. Some wanted extras like the addition of a foot pedal, even if they have to pay a bit more for it.
If you're looking for an affordable tube amp head with the flexibility of amp modeling, then this is for you.
Unfortunately this has been discontinued, but you can see highly rated alternatives in our recommended lists for: