It is a well made amp with a good sound. I would like to get another. I would love to have something like this that is about 50 watts, but a good sounding small amp can be miked to make it loud.
Where Obtained: local music store
This is a tube amp, about 6 watts. Very simple - volume, bass and treble controls (no master volume or "drive")
Has a good clean tone, and a nice overdrive when you crank it up to about 8 or so. Loud enough for practice alone, or with another guitarist. I guess it could be miked for stage use. Works well with a harmonica, too.
It sounds good with humbucking equipped guitars and with Strat style, too. Very good for classic rock/blues.
Distorts when you crank it, but in a good way.
Easy to get a good sound. Only has volume, bass and treble knobs.
I have used it mostly for practice, and some recording. Have not re-tubed it, maybe I should. Seems to be fairly heavy duty.
I was looking at Marshall, Crate and Kustom amps when I bought it. I would replace it immediately if it was lost.
The amp could be about 10% more powerful, just to have a little more kick.
Its best aspect is its clean tone (the best!), and its worst is its lack of power.
Model Year: 1980
Where Obtained: Shonda's Music
The Champ has one volume and two tone controls (treble, bass) and has two channels. It has no channel switching of effect loops. It is a tube amp. It is very straight forward.
It is powerful enough for a practice amp, or if you play in an apartment building with neighbors nearby.
I use this amp with a strat-style guitar. I play rock, jazz and folk with it, and I don't use any effects on a regular basis.
The amp doesn't have a lot of crunch or power, but it sounds great clean. It would work well with country music as well.
For a practice amp, I haven't found anything that is better, especially for the price.
It is an extremely clean amp, with no problems. It can play clean at low to moderate volume, and has a nice, smooth distortion when it is cranked past 6 on the volume. No Metallica, but great for Clapton or the blues.
It is very simple, just plug and play.
I would say it is reliable for constant use. I have had to replace one tube in 10 years of constant use.
It is an older Fender and the construction is solid.