Anyone who has ever owned and or used a Fender amp will know what we mean…
…there is just something about them!
It isn’t just the super clean sounds or the classic design that has hardly changed over the years. It’s something else that is hard to define precisely. I suppose when you look at this amp it just says Fender and that is often enough.
I remember when we saved our money for what seemed like years and as band members growing up bought a Twin Reverb and a Bassman- an original beige model. We weren’t disappointed. They had a recognizable sound that was better than the other choices we had.
The ‘King of Loud’…
But then along came the ‘King of Loud’ in his little shop in West London. Urged on by Townshend, Page, Beck, and Blackmore – Marshall took the headlines, the business, and the music world by storm.
HiWatt, also in London, and previously known as Sound City, followed. And the music scene for those making a lot of noise became focused on what the Brits were producing.
Nothing much has changed today. Marshall is still the big player, although Dave’s untimely accidental death reduced HiWatt’s influence from what was always going to be a big challenge to Big Jim. A look at the Who Live at Leeds album cover with its wall to wall of HiWatt amps will tell you that.
As for us, one member refused to get rid of his Twin Reverb and as things got louder, he mic’ed it up, and after some US gigs, the bass player went Ampeg for a while. In the end, of course, there was nowhere to go, and as the venues got bigger, the Marshall stacks arrived.
The volume took over but how can you ever forget that sound of the Fender amp. It was special and still is.
Today they are still producing great sounding amps so let’s see what Fender gives the market and the guitar player with this review of the Fender Champion 40.
It has one 12 inch Fender special design speaker rated at 8 ohms. The rating of the amp is only 40w, so a 12-inch speaker is going to handle that output without a problem. In fact, this special design speaker will handle a lot more than its rated 40w.
The amp has two channels and a single input. One channel is a clean amp and the other for an amplifier voice which is selectable.
The basic controls include a volume for channel 1 and Volume, Gain, and Voice controls on channel 2. There are also treble and bass controls and FX level, FX select and TAP. These are the basic controls, but there are more that control the onboard effects.
This model comes equipped with a variety of built-in effects to color the sound. These include Reverb, Delay, Chorus and Tremolo all of which are controllable from the amp itself. The relative quality of these effects is quite surprising.
They are of good quality. And while they may not replicate the sounds of expensive individual pedals, they do a good job and provide some basic options.