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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: 1985 - Current / Fender Champion 40 comment

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BrentD
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United States

By Grabthar's Hammer, what a savings.
Apr 1st, 2017 01:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

Oh, thanks a *lot* guys! A buddy got one on sale for $119. Now I'll have to start looking at them.

tuninguitars

Indiana

lets take it apart
Apr 5th, 2017 12:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

I put a Jensen P12n in my Champion 40 and i like the sound but I play clean and don't want over driven sound !!!

April 23 update
put stock speaker back in and its ok not quite as smooth as the P12n but good enough

(This message was last edited by tuninguitars at 11:49 AM, Apr 23rd, 2017)

Mick Reid
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Australia

American-made in Oz!!
Apr 10th, 2017 10:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

I had play through one of these today at a local shop. I was quite please with the sounds and range. Enough that I'm considering getting one.

I like the simplicity compared to the Mustangs. Those do my head in with all the parameters and settings.

As for the speaker, I thought it suited the amp fine. There was tons of bottom end and could dial in some sparkle at the same time.

I went into it thinking I'd do speaker swap down the line, but now don't see it would be necessary.

Just few more lessons and I'll have the spare cash to grab one!

(This message was last edited by Mick Reid at 12:46 AM, Apr 11th, 2017)

mirrorboy

Yorkshire, England

Apr 11th, 2017 03:25 AM   Edit   Profile  

The speaker definitely opens up after a short time.

Last night I played with drummer, conga player and two other guitarists and only had it on 7 or 8 on the clean channel.

I stopped using the other channel because of the shared EQ and use the Caline Orange Burst for solos.

Mick Reid
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Australia

American-made in Oz!!
Apr 11th, 2017 05:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

"Last night I played with drummer, conga player and two other guitarists and only had it on 7 or 8 on the clean channel."

I didn't get it that loud in the amp room of the shop (4-5?) but do you reckon there would be that much more "in the tank" from 7 to 10?


teemon

Florida

A Piece for Assorted Lunatics
Apr 11th, 2017 06:19 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a mustang 1 and 3 version two. Wish I chose a champ 40 instead of mustang 1 or even the smaller champ. Love the simplicity. Mustang one and two are very different than the 3 on up. No display.

teemon

Florida

A Piece for Assorted Lunatics
Apr 11th, 2017 06:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

Although my mustang 1 sounds HUGE at low volume.

mirrorboy

Yorkshire, England

Apr 12th, 2017 06:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

I used to play through the second channel for lead and now I find the boost pedal on the clean channel is sufficiently loud and gives me the eq facility on the pedal.

I played a Pacifica, which to all intents and purpose is a Strat. Volume 7.5 and yes it does go louder if you dial more but the headroom goes. It's louder but a little more compressed.

I'm convinced that the Champion 40 has the best power/tone to weight ratio given that it has a 12" speaker and only 19 lbs total weight.



Mick Reid
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Australia

American-made in Oz!!
Apr 12th, 2017 04:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

"I'm convinced that the Champion 40 has the best power/tone to weight ratio given that it has a 12" speaker and only 19 lbs total weight."

Keep talkin'... you're saying all the right things!

(or am I just hearing what I *want* to hear to justify a new gear purchase?)

:^)


mirrorboy

Yorkshire, England

Apr 12th, 2017 04:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

Take a look under the hood.

Only the very latest in technology inside.

Inside the Champion 40

Mick Reid
Contributing Member
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Australia

American-made in Oz!!
Apr 16th, 2017 01:09 AM   Edit   Profile  

Just ordered me one!

With the usual disruption of the Easter Monday, I reckon it should get here by Thursday. Woo Hoo!

mirrorboy

Yorkshire, England

Apr 16th, 2017 03:51 AM   Edit   Profile  

Gigging mine outdoors today.

Will push it to 9 with Caline Orange Burst set to stun.

tuninguitars

Indiana

lets take it apart
Jan 29th, 2018 12:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

Dont know if anyone is reading this old posting

I put a C rex in my Champion 40 and love it

playing threw tele with twin rails clean country using a volume pedal for steel sounds



(This message was last edited by tuninguitars at 02:21 PM, Jan 29th, 2018)

Peppy

Mesa, AZ

Apr 2nd, 2018 06:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

Anyone else?

Peppy

Mesa, AZ

Jun 1st, 2018 08:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

Is the first channel based on a blackface Deluxe Reverb?

Mick Reid
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Australia

American-made in Oz!!
Jun 2nd, 2018 04:48 AM   Edit   Profile  

Peppy,

The Champion 40 manual states the following:

"Channel 1 provides a clean tone based on Fender Blackface™ amplifiers such as the Twin Reverb® amp."

I think "such as" still makes it a bit vague, but it does at least specify Blackface.

Cheers


Peppy

Mesa, AZ

Jun 2nd, 2018 06:42 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks. Sales guy yesterday said Deluxe Reverb. A/Bed it briefly with the Deluxe Reverb on a Champion 20. Seemed close but different wattage, bigger speaker, and bigger cabinet obviously comes into play. If channel one could be like the Deluxe Reverb on the 20 then I'd buy the 40.

reverendrob
FDP Data Goon
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We all want

our time in hell
Jun 2nd, 2018 07:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

The demo sounded like the traditional Fender SS clean, which was "vaguely BF" from the 80s Rivera-designed stuff on.

Lord Flatus

SoCal, USA

Jul 3rd, 2018 07:26 PM   Edit   Profile  

I currently have a Champion 100 and it's a freaking beast and probably too loud. I practice in an airplane hanger with a drummer, bassist, and another guitar, and I barely crank it to 3.

I haven't gigged with it though, so maybe I do need that extra-ness to fill up a brewery.

I was wondering if the 40 watt-er would be better suited to my needs. The smaller footprint would be a lot easier to lug around, and while 40 pounds is pretty light, 19 pounds sounds pretty enticing since I'm old. :)

What do you guys think?

Peppy

Mesa, AZ

Jul 4th, 2018 09:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

Do it. Then gig with it and let us know. Thanks.

(This message was last edited by Peppy at 11:13 PM, Jul 4th, 2018)

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