Fender Champ

15W Combo (1 x 1")

Made by Fender

Description This is a great practice amp that still has a great sound.
Posted By Kevin Martz (278)
Directory Equipment: Amplifiers
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Overall Rating: 4.5 (of 5)
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On 2/7/2004, Ken Richardson (9051) posted:
Overall Rating:
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.
Price: $0.00
Where Obtained: local music store
Features:
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.
Sound Quality:
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.
Ease of Use:
Easy to get a good sound. Only has volume, bass and treble knobs.
Durability:
I have used it mostly for practice, and some recording. Have not re-tubed it, maybe I should. Seems to be fairly heavy duty.
On 8/3/2001, Kevin Martz (278) posted:
Overall Rating:
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
Price: $110.00
Where Obtained: Shonda's Music
Features:
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.
Sound Quality:
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.
Ease of Use:
It is very simple, just plug and play.
Durability:
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.