Question about Fender Champion 20 practice amplifier

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  1. DanB

    DanB Active Member

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    Good morning everyone (or good evening to our friends on the other side of the world), I am currently in the market for a new practice amplifier (the old one is almost 40 years old, about a Roland Cube 20, starting to show its age!). I am looking at the Fender Champion 20 as a possibility, because of its cost (under $ 100.00) and because it has a number of built-in effects. Many of the written reviews about the amplifier have been positive and I have viewed some reviews on Youtube which say nice things about the amp, plus it appears to sound good on these videos. Is there anyone on the SG Forum who owns or owned one of these amps or knows someone who does? And if so, what is the good or not so good quality of the amp? Is the Fender Champion 20 worth purchasing or is there another comparable practice amp in this price range with the same features that is as good or better? Thanks ahead of time for your input!
     
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    My opinion: Skip the Champion 20. Go for the Blackstar ID:Core 10 V2. I know because I played both pretty extensively.

    It's about ten bucks more, but it's ultra-portable, dead simple to use, weighs practically nothing, sounds huge, and doubles as a surprisingly decent stereo.

    You mentioned effects as a selling point, so if that's what you're into, the Blackstar is the way to go. All the effects are studio-quality, in stereo, and you can select one each of four reverbs, delays, and modulations (and toggle and tweak each individually). You can tweak and save a patch on each of the amp models, or just switch on "manual mode" and use it like a traditional amp.

    I can replicate the sound of my modded Marshall DSL40 with surprising accuracy. That's the best compliment I think I can give it.

    Plus, it's currently available in a sexy black tweed pattern... And everything is better in tweed. :rofl:

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    If you don't mind buying used, the Vox Vavetronix series is also very good. Can't tell you about the Champ20 though except that it probably has the same effects as on my Super Champ, and they're all good.
     
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    Thanks vox is another good brand that I have looked intp. (I really would like a stack of Marshalls but don't think the neighbors would be happy with the noise of my wife with the price!)
     
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    Nice thing with the Valvetronix is the attenuator knob in the back. You set the wattage as you like, from 0.01W to the max the amp can give and the tone stays pretty much the same.
     
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    I second the Blackstar ID:Core line for a practice amp at this price. It's super easy to use and has impressed a lot of my pals who have played through mine.
     
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    Update on my amp choice. Thanks Clifdawg for your advice. Guitar Center had new Blackstar Core 10V2 amps on sale for $ 89.00 as part of a Memorial Day sale, I bought one the other day and I am truly loving it! Love all the different effects, I especially like that you can even hear the effects well when playing at low volume unlike other amps. Also I like that unlike many other practice amps, you can crank the sound up pretty loud! thanks for your advice
    ps the only difference between your amp and mine is that mine came in a nice white color which actually looks pretty nice, at some point will need to post a pic!

     
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    This is certainly worth a watch if you are after a practice amp

     
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    thanks I'll take a look, I LOVE these two guys, they do some great shows, I particularly like their most expensive Epiphone versus cheapest Gibson series, they have done several comparing Gibson and Epiphone SGs
     
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    And Chappers can recognise the Gibson without even touching it, just by the smell
     
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    OMG! I watched those cheap Gibby vs. expensive Epi demo. I hated it! They seem like high or drunken there. That video erased my trust on these guys.
     
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    Awesome! Glad you're enjoying it! I feel like these get looked over a lot, but they really are great bedroom/living room jam amps.
    Nitro finishes do have a unique smell to them, as compared to poly (which doesn't really smell at all).
    Yeah, that one was pretty rough, but I always try to remember - this is a store trying to sell gear. I still feel like they're more candid than they really have to be... All that said, I prefer Pete and Rabea's playing. Seriously good chops from both of those guys.
     
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