Fender Squier Champ 15

15W Combo (1 x 1")

Made by Fender

Description A low wattage average sounding practice amp
Posted By Andrew Mills (78)
Directory Equipment: Amplifiers
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Overall Rating: 2.8 (of 5)
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On 7/29/2007, Ken Richardson (9051) posted:
Overall Rating:
I am considering making a new cabinet for it and adding in a better speaker.

I have a feeling this amp would sound a lot better with a 10 or 12 inch speaker of better quality than the little one thats in it. ( I also have a Bullet Reverb that I got cheap.. it sounds good with a 12" speaker.)

The amp is pretty rugged ( except for the inputs) and would be better with a better speaker. Worst parts are the terrible input jacks and speaker. I can deal with the speaker as a practice-type amp.

I would possibly get one again, if I got it fairly cheap.. lots of bang for the buck. I am thinking of getting an ABY switch to run the Squier and the Bullet Reverb.. just switch amps, instead of channels. Since the Squier has 2 inputs, one could run 2 chains of pedals into it, and switch with the ABY... lots of good options with this little amp. Good for practice, could possibly play a small gig if you add a better speaker and mike the amp into a PA. Not really for loud metal music.
Price: $25.00
Where Obtained: pawnshop
Features:
Has bass, mid, treble, presence knobs. Has overdrive/master volume and "boost" switch Its a solid state amp Has 2 inputs for guitar, headphone jack (doubles as line out) and ext. spkr jack... good options for a humble amp in this range.
Sound Quality:
I play classic rock, blues/blues rock and what used to be called alternative (REM, etc) Its a little noisy, sound quality is pretty good. I think its better than most of the little practice amps in the price range. ( sounds very similar to a Fender Bullet Reverb amp.. no reverb, but I can dial up similar tones)
Ease of Use:
Takes a little bit of trial and error to smooth out the overdrive/distortion. There is also the gain/volume/boost circuit to fiddle with. Not programmable.
Durability:
The amp has 2 things that I feel hold it back.. oddly enough, they are at the input and output stages! The input jacks are very flimsy and overly complicated ( I took them out and they were falling apart/shorting out) and the speaker is not very good - not great in the bass or treble ranges. The input jacks are very flimsy. I had to replace them with real metal ones - a pretty easy fix. I also had to replace the fuse. A previous owner had put a jumper wire in place of the fuse.. probably because the input jacks were shorting out and blowing the fuse. I think the amp is pretty well made since it kept running ( while it was also shorting out) with the jumper in place of the fuse.
On 4/6/2004, Kevin Ulliac (9) posted:
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I didnt get a chance to look for others, i just got the startup packages -i would never buy this amp again, its only 15 watts and doesnt have anything admirable about it -it could sound better, and change that damn gain button to marshalls way of gain(two gains, and no button/switch to change) -my favorite aspect is that it doesnt fall appart spontaniously
Model Year: 2001
Price: $600.00 CAN (new)
Where Obtained: Axe Music Store, Edmonton AB
Features:
I bought it in a squier start up pack which totaled out to $600 CAN -its got a Gain, volume, treble, middle, bass and presence knob, along with a switch for gain on or off. Theres 2 inputs, one ext. speaker input(8v15watt) then a head phones slot or input thing -its not bad for power, only for small band practices though. I like the tone i get with all the effects and stuff -its a mono, yes thats right i said it, solid state electronics and its 15 watts. geetttt the mono..
Sound Quality:
-i use my squire affinity strat, hooked to my jim dunlop original crybaby model GCB-95(bought used), hooked ensuite to my sweet little old pall: m-104 mxr distortion- i puts full output and half distortion,- which is now conected to a zoom 505II guitar distorting pedal, and then straight to the amplificator -i play mainly old rock and roll, metal, defenetly classical too, blues, jazz, and others of that sort, and like i said, it sounds good with the effects -its mainly just your average amp, you can make it sound lots of things and styles -its not the best sound,(especially the gain, it sucks), but with effects you really only need some sort of bypass amp. I would much rather a nice 50 or 100 watt marshall amp, or very preferably the marshall 1959 SLP headstock..... oh mama.. -its not very noisy -its clean at high volumes, like till 8 or 7, and the thing goes up to 10
Ease of Use:
I wouldnt have a clue how to progame or whatever patches -it took me a few months to get what i was looking for, with help of my trusty effects of the pedals and all their majesty -its just an amp, how hard can an amp beee
Durability:
Well ive thrown it off big builings and its still in one peaces so its pretty good for the durable-ness
On 10/12/2000, Andrew Mills (78) posted:
Overall Rating:
Overall if your are looking for a cheap 15 watt amp get a Fender Bullet for only 40$ more. This amp was my first and is my last on the squire line. Maybe the only good thing about this is the ease of the use. (go to my site here)
Model Year: 1999
Price: $0.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Joe's Guitars
Features:
The features on this amp aren't overall that great. It has two channels, but the gain/distortion is really crappy. There isnt any reverb or any kind of effects loop.
Sound Quality:
When it comes down to it this amp sounds just a little bit better than a Rogue. The drive/distortion is extremly cheap and sounds very bad for any type of music. The clean channel isn't that great overall either. It distorts at around 8 and starts to overdrive a lot.
Ease of Use:
This mini-combo is very easy with only Gain, Volume, Treble, Mid, and Bass knobs it's an easy amp to make is produce a sound that you can get out of it compared to a Marshall or a Line 6. This was really my first amp and the ease is very good.
Durability:
This amp is okay on the aspect of durability. The inputs break off real easy (ask Joe) and the distortion channel is easy to blow when a good drive pedal. The overall durability is ok other than a few flaws.