Fender technically invented the guitar amp. And over the years have produced some f the most iconic and sought after amplifiers in history, including the Twin, Bassman, Deluxe, and Champ. However, for a long time, the manufacturer has also experimented with incorporating modern technologies into their amplifiers such as the GDEC, Bronco, Mustang, and the Cyber Twin.
This brings us to one of Fender’s newest products, the Super Champ X2 amplifier, which like a number of other Fender amps, makes great use of the Fender FUSE software. Powered by a pair of 6V6 tubes for the power amp section and a 12AX7 tube for the preamp, this amp offers a broad array of features that remove the need for a traditional amp.
So, let’s go this Fender Super Champ X2 Tube Amp review and find out what this super champ has to offer…
Who Is The Super Champ X2 Suitable For?
Fender’s target market for the Super Champ X2 is beginner musicians who are looking for something better than most of the starter amps available and want the vintage quality sound of real tubes. The amp is easy to use and perfect for those who want to record their sessions while improving their skills.
It is equally good for players who like the nostalgia of Fender’s classic products, and want a little bit of it with some modern touches.
Just like their classic vintage amps, the Champ X2 offers a nice clean voicing. It’s also incredibly portable and is easy to take to gigs or practice sessions. What’s more, it has been designed with the modern musician in mind, and you can easily connect it to your computer for editing and recording your musical ideas.
Construction Of The Champ X2 Amp
Just like most modern combo amplifiers, the cabinet for the Champ X2 is manufactured of fiberboard, whose quality over the years has improved immensely. Thanks to this technology, manufacturers can now combine wood chippings in a tougher and tighter formation, which, as a result, makes the fiberboard stronger and able to endure higher pressures.
In fact, a number of the world’s most expensive studio monitor speakers are now made of fiberboard by choice. Even though the budget would allow for the use of real wood. This shows how acoustically efficient and strong, fibreboard has become.
The cabinet is well-constructed and boasts a strong, stable feel to it. And it is covered in the companies classic vinyl to give it the Fender signature look. This is accompanied by Fender’s signature speaker cloth to create an elegant classic appearance. This clearly shows that everything was done to perfection. There is also a flat aluminum Fender logo and smaller reflector knobs that keep everything in proportion.
The Champ X2 tube amp has a decent size. It measures 14.8 x 8.8 x 17.5 inches and weighing only 23 pounds; it is highly mobile. The switches and control knobs are made of a tough plastic and retain Fender’s original design. They are smooth and easy to operate.
The Champ X2 Tube amp has two 6V6 tubes and the 12AX7 tube preamp, designed to produce a beautiful warm analog sound that is enhanced by the onboard digital effects to produce sweet, clean tones, and wonderfully overdriven crunchy rhythms and leads.
The Champ X2 Software
Another fantastic feature of the Champ X2 amp is its software, Fender FUSE. It allows users to easily and quickly format the modeling of the amp via any computer. And the software can be used with both Windows PCs and Mac computers.
It is a sound librarian, practicing buddy, and high-quality editing software. It also offers a wide selection of free backing tracks for guitarists to play with.
Users can also save amp presets and effects on their PC or Mac so you can easily edit the settings saved in the amplifier.
Amplifiers built with a valve output stage and a digital front end offer the best of both worlds. Allowing you to integrate programmability and versatility with the power of tubes to create a wide range of sounds. And the sounds produced by the Super Champ X2 are incredible, thanks to the design. So, let’s go through the channels…
This channel uses the 12AX7 Tube in the pre-amp to produce smooth, clean tones. And the design of the circuit, the 10-inch Fender special design speaker, and the lightweight cabinet naturally produce a nice bright sound that is reminiscent of classic Fender amps.
Thanks to the amp’s quality inbuilt compressor pedal, with a touch of delay and reverb, you can enjoy some clean Fender-y sounds. However, as you would expect, there was less bass on offer due to the smaller than average speaker.
With a total of 16 voicings, Channel 2 covers both classic clean and overdrive sounds. The channel has three control knobs – GAIN, VOLUME 2, and VOICE. The Voice control offers a range of tones and is easy to adjust to your preference. Also, adjusting the compression, coloration, and overdrive settings will produce a variety of both classic and modern tones.
The channels’ higher-gain voices are based on modeling amplifier heads by Mesa Boogie and Marshall, as well as Fender’s Super-Sonic. However, we thought they didn’t sound as nice as the more classic tones. They also struggled slightly due to the smaller speaker and only having 15 watts of power – not really what you are used to with Hi-gain sounds.
Nevertheless, the amplifier sounds nice at levels you would use for recording or playing at home, plus the variety of sounds available makes for a great practice tool.
The inbuilt modulation, reverb, and delay patches also do a great job. Fender is not really known for the quality of their effects, but over the last few years have released a fantastic line of guitar pedals that have shocked the world with their quality sound and affordability. They have obviously used that know-how in this amplifier as well.
In most cases, the single parameter-adjust knob is used for controlling the wet or dry mix, but the emphasis here is on the ease of use and faster selection instead of in-depth tweaking. Which to be honest is what you need for practicing at home, or simple recording sessions. However, the tap tempo control button for the delay is a useful addition.
The Fender Super Champ X2 10-inch speaker truly packs a punch. With 15 watts of tube power, you can play with your drummer, bassist, and singer and still be clearly heard, but you will need some help for larger concerts and will need to mic the amp up and run it through the PA. Nonetheless, for standard rehearsals and home practice, the amp will work well without any issues.
The Super Champ X2 amp offers a USB port for connecting your amp to a computer for easy customization of your amp’s effects and voicings. And with the help of the Fender FUSE software, you can quickly and simply record your ideas without needing the expert knowledge of complicated editing software or DAWs.
It allows you to easily manage your amp voices and a host of digital effects for creating your own personalized signature sound. To emphasize what we said earlier, Fender FUSE software lets you control everything.
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- Power amp Tube: 2 x 6V6.
- Preamp Tube: 1 x 12AX7.
- Power Rating: 15W with 2 Channels.
- Input: 1 x 1/4″.
- Output: 1 x 1/4″ Line Out, Footswitch, USB.
- Speaker: 10″ Fender Special Design.
- Impedance: 8 Ohms.
- Cabinet: Open Back.
- Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 8.8 x 17.5”.
- Weight: 23 lbs.
- Adjust, Tap Tempo Switch, FX Select.
- Controls: Channel Select Switch, Volume Ch1 & Ch2, Voice, Gain, Bass, Treble, FX.
Fender Super Champ X2 Tube Amp Pros & Cons
- Great sound.
- All tube design, with a pair of 6V6’s and a 12AX7 preamp tube
- Easy to use controls.
- Fender FUSE software for editing.
- 15 quality digital effects.
- Slightly lacking in the bottom end.
- No Aux-in.
- No Mid-frequency control.
- Speaker is slightly smaller than average.
- Limited ability to mix the effects.
The Fender Super Champ X2 Tube amp is perfect for beginners. It produces a nice, clean, well-defined sounds which work wonderfully with the inbuilt modulation, delays and reverbs. The same is true for the modeled overdrive tones. Even though the Champ X2 only comes with treble and bass controls, and no mid-range adjustment, it, however, still manages to make some very impressive full-range sounds.
This amplifier is highly recommended for beginners with a slightly bigger budget who are searching for those classic tube tones. But it is also nicely integrated with modern technology and will work well for practicing at home, rehearsing with your band, as well as for playing smaller gigs.