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Apr 25th, 2016 09:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Appears to be the updated front end more or less of the Vibro Champ XD or Super Champ XD mated with a 100 watt solid state amp and 2-12" speakers.

Took delivery today -- has beautiful clean channel -- modeled on a Twin and sounding full and 2-12 powerful with a strat.

Lots of built in effects -- including a lush lush pulsing vibrato.

Just starting to explore the drive channel which has profiles of several amp-types. I'm interested in the tweed variations to start.

Amazing that Fender could offer the package at the price point.



mirrorboy

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Apr 26th, 2016 03:23 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I bet it sounds wonderful. Even the 40 has a luscious bottom end on the clean channel.

I think the other channel models are more easily tweakable than the Mustang. Hard to describe though, one has to try it to appreciate it.

On paper, it looks like a beginner's amp but I don't think that's a fair assumption.

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Is a 2-12 a beginner's amp? OK with me -- sounds good, versatile, seems well built, and "the rice is right."

I had my eye on a Super Sonic 22 at one point -- but at 3x cost of the C100, not worth the cost for me and my purposes these days.

(This message was last edited by JimmySee at 10:16 PM, Apr 26th, 2016)

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Apr 26th, 2016 10:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

2x12 is the end of the starter stuff - it's "I want a bigger amp for band practice and reaching out to gigs."

mirrorboy

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Apr 27th, 2016 04:10 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I meant it looks like an entry level stage amp with uncomplicated user interface.

Fender is aiming the 100 at the "I want a bigger amp for band practice and reaching out to gigs" to quote Rob.

An unintended consequence of the light weight Champions is the appeal to boomers who are becoming averse to heavyweight amplifiers. Champion 100 is 24lbs lighter than a Twin Reverb.



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Apr 27th, 2016 04:38 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That is dirt cheap for a 2x12 size amp. I have one of the Vibro champs SDs when they first came out and they weren't that much cheaper.

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Apr 27th, 2016 01:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The speaker real estate makes it speak with authority.

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Apr 27th, 2016 05:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You know, I've heard two different...very experienced and proficient guitar players comment on how good the Champion 100 sounds...must be something to it.

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Aw shucks, thank you!

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Congrats the Champion line is very impressive. I would equate the value to a Squire classic vibe series, pro level gear with a beginners price tag. I love my Champion 40 and I'm an old die hard tube guy. Gotta get the footswitch when I get a chance.

mirrorboy

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Jun 17th, 2016 08:05 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I got the footswitch for my 40. It's the one for the Champ XD.

Works like a charm, no clicks or pops and well worth the money.

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Jun 17th, 2016 11:13 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I took these Fender SS amps seriously for the first time when I saw Joe Walsh playing what I believe was an FM212r on Daryl's House. He sounded great.

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