Fender Champion 40 Review 2019: Combo Amplifier 40-Watt
Looking to take your guitar playing skills to a whole new level? The Fender Champion 40 is sure to make that happen. The amp comes with a wide array of sound effects. Despite its small size, it is versatile enough. You can use it either for practice or entertain guests in small-sized venues. And just in case you love history, the vintage design of this machine is sure to win a special place in your heart. What do other people think of it? What unique features does it have to offer? This Fender Champion 40 review explores.
The Champion 40 comes with a 12-inch speaker that effectively delivers some 40 watts of power anytime you need it. This improved ability means everyone in an average-sized room can enjoy your tunes. You also get two channels with a decent selection of effects. That alone means you enjoy a firm foundation irrespective of the foundation you may have in mind.
Being a solid-state amp model, Champion 40 does a decent job in producing a clean tone. It may not sound like Twin Reverb, but it certainly is pretty close to that. Needless to say, it packs enough power to get the job done. Plus you can always select from either blues or rock tones. That being said, the amp houses a couple of aces up its sleeve. Even if you are looking for a heavier tone, you can always count on the versatility of this machine to get the job done.
And just in case you want to practice in silence, this unit has headphone output. You only need to plug in your favorite pair of headphones and voila, you’re in a world of your own. While at it, you can experiment
with an assortment of British voicing along with distortion flavors. You can also play around with various palette effects such as tremolo speed and delay time.
Target Group – Who Is the Average User of Fender Champion 40?
This combo amp is best suited for any guitarist looking for a smaller and lighter amp. You can use it in a small church or even a medium-sized club provided you mic it onto the board. It is recommended for beginners. That’s however not to say that it is a rookies’ thing. Its simple design gives it a number of benefits. First and foremost, it has few internal components which means less mechanical and electrical problems. And because the sound signal travels through fewer components, the result is always a clean sound output.
So, you can get this even if you are a pro guitarist. Its high voltage levels enables it to cope with peak flows. Excess voltage is usually converted into useful distortion and pleasing sound effects. Overall, the expressive nature of this machine makes it preferable by musicians and vocalists. Its warm tones and dynamic power handling creates a rare-find combination of music. What’s more, the Fender works really well with the tremolo arm of your electric guitar. As you know, the tremolo arm can produce a wavering effect on any musical note.
The Main Benefits
Improving the quality of your music is a tad easier with the addition of an amplifier. Just like any other well made amp, this unit has effect loops. Many guitarists find these very useful. Thanks to this little innovation, you can now bypass the regular connection. That gives you extra room to experiment with things like increased reverberation.
Want to switch from clean to rock/metal sound? The Champion 40 allows you to do that seamlessly thanks to its effective foot-switch. Moreover, the Champion 40 has a LINE OUT, USB, AUX IN and PHONES which make it compatible with other devices.
Of course, this unit offers good power delivery. It allows you to enjoy incredible sounds even at lower volumes. You don’t have to rattle the floorboards or even annoy your neighbors. Likewise, you can even use it to test your newly-found wound pups all the way up to high gain and distortion.
Unlike other older models, this one does not require a lot of knob twiddling to find the right sound. Being a budget-conscious model means you get few amp voices in its distorted
channel. That however is not an issue because they are much easier to distinguish. The machine’s LED lights flicker from green to red for each voice category (Metal, British, Blackface, Tweed).
Another thing is that this unit is a few pounds lighter than other physically smaller amps. This is probably because it does not have a tube inside. Nonetheless, its body is quite sturdy and capable of surviving for several decades.
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On a scale of ten, this machine deserves a ten over ten. Not that it is free of flaws but because it offers a decent combination of everything. It’s a low-priced unit which means you can save some more dollars. At the same time, it’s not cheap. You get the same old quality but at a reasonable price.
The product is on sale on Amazon where it is eligible for free shipping. Like with any other “free shipping” product on Amazon, this takes an average of 5 to 8 days to be delivered. The company’s customer service team seems really good at what they do. Queries posted on their social media handles are responded to in as few as 30 minutes. Most of the general queries you might want answered are also categorized under their FAQ section for ease of reference. No queries go unanswered and that’s a good sign overall.
What about warranty? Well, the Fender Champion 40 is protected by a 2 year limited warranty. This warranty cover is available globally.
Things we like:
- Offers extensive tonal versatility in a compact package.
- Produces clean and overdriven tones with added effects such as reverb and delay.
- Easy-to-use controls that allow you to dial in your sound by easily turning the knob.
- Easily compatible with your other electronic devices. You simply need to plug-in your audio player and voila! You become a fully-fledged band.
- This guitar amplifier comes with an open cabinet that provides safe storage for extra cables and small accessories.
- Protected by 2 years warranty plus the company has a clear returns policy.
- It’s a simple amplifier, light-weight and super-straightforward to use.
Things we don't like:
- Has a popping sound when you turn it off – that however is extremely minimal.
- Not loud enough for large venues best suited for garage or bedroom use.
“If you are looking for a relatively cheap amp, do yourself a favor and buy this one. So far I’ve got to say it’s awesome.” – Matt Hampton
“The amplifier sounds really great in a small room. I was pleased at how it created different colored amber lights with each change.” – Richard Sanderson
“I have been playing guitars for over 2 decades now. I wanted a starter amplifier for my son who is 6 years old. So I went for this one. It is perfect for him. Its built-in effects are fun too.” – Restless 73
It is rare to find an amplifier that offers the best of everything. But as we have seen in this Fender Champion 40 review, it’s possible to experience quality without breaking the bank. Apart from small issues with audibility and popping sound, this unit comes out as a safe bet. It may not rival some of the high-end units, but it is certainly a good starting point.