Fender Champion 40 Review

Everyone knows that Fender produces high-quality music instruments, whether it is their Stratocaster guitars, their Mustang bass guitars, or their Rhodes electric piano. It isn’t just instruments, though, that Fender is the best at. They also make amplifiers. The Champion 40 is a great, solid-state 40-watt amp that comes with a vast number of effects, as well as offering excellent value for money.

Versatility is one of the Champion 40’s finest features, as it can be used just as easily for rock music, as for blues, jazz, metal, or even country music. As it offers a wealth of controls, then you can adjust it to find your ideal sound. It also only weighs 10.4kg, which makes it portable, and perfect for use at home and at your rehearsal room. The 40-watts of power will be more than enough for jamming with your bandmates, and it could even be used for intimate gigs.

Style is always an important element of any Fender product, and the Champion 40 looks as good as it sounds. If you’re looking for that classic American style to go with a classic American tone, then the Fender Champion 40 could be your next guitar amplifier.

Fender Champion 40

Fender Champion 40

Key Features

The Fender Champion 40 is anything but a simple guitar amp. It is packed with special features that you will have a lot of fun playing around with, as well as enjoying hearing what it does to your sound. Here they are:

Diverse Range of Effects: Delay, chorus, tremolo, and reverb are just four of the many effects that are part of the Champion 40. It’s also easy to get that distorted, rock guitar overdrive that sounds so good.

Digital Amp Modelling: It is almost like having several amplifiers all inside this one because of the digital amp modeling, which recreates the voice of everything from a classic Fender amp to heavy metal one, and everything in between.

Headphone Output: This allows for silent play, which is handy when practicing.

40-watts of Power: At 40 watts, you’ll have an amplifier that you can both practice on alone and also jam on with your bandmates.

Two Channels: You can switch between a clean sound and a distorted sound.

12” Special Design Speaker: This gives that classic Fender sound.
1/8” AUX Input: You can plug in your phone and play along to your favorite tunes.


+ A huge range of built-in effects, which allows you to experiment and find your signature sound.

+ A portable size and weight, making it ideal for transporting to rehearsals, but still offering a lot of power.

+ It is a perfect accompaniment to any Fender guitar, as it completes the classic Fender sound.

+ The amp modeling function makes it more than just one amp. The versatility and range of sounds that it is capable of are startling.


- It doesn’t come with a footswitch, although one can be bought separately, and this will enhance the amp’s performance.

- The reverb could be a bit cleaner, but this is only a minor issue.

Who Is It Suitable For?

Anyone who wants an excellent amplifier at an affordable price. But it will appeal more to beginners. Once you start to gig more often, then you may want a more powerful amp. For anyone looking for a high-quality amplifier with a range of effects, that comes with the Fender guarantee of great sound, then this is the perfect amplifier for you.

Beginners will also like the fact that you can plug in your headphones, and therefore get the benefit of the amplifier, without bugging the people you share your house with.

Why We Like It

The range of effects that are offered is something that is rare on an entry-level amp. This is especially good for beginners who haven’t discovered their sound yet or like to experiment playing different genres of music. Versatile guitarists will enjoy this aspect too. It’s as easy to sound like Jimi Hendrix, as it is George Harrison.

You don’t need to buy an expensive effects pedal, as there are so many effects already built into the amplifier. Fender always makes quality products, and the Champion 40 is no exception.

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