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Tony F

Long Island, NY

When you come to fork in road take it
Jun 16th, 2016 03:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Great amp but has anyone seen the speaker? the magnet is so small I took a double take. Looks like it belongs on a 6 inch speaker not a 12.
The said it sounds good at moderate levels don't know yet about pushing it.

mirrorboy

Yorkshire, England

Mar 30th, 2017 04:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The speaker is fantastic. It's well matched to the output and does sound great after breaking it in.

Played my Tele through my Champion 40 tonight with a jam band and it surprised me how good it sounded just on the clean channel.

Volume to spare now, so it must be quite an efficient speaker Fender put in it.

BrentD
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United States

By Grabthar's Hammer, what a savings.
Mar 30th, 2017 04:17 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I wonder about these. I have a little drum kit and a Rumble 100 V3 that keeps up. If a Champion 40 could keep up too, that's 41 lbs. for the guitar and bass amps combined!

carsten

on the rhine

Mar 30th, 2017 04:46 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hi Brent!

DonĀ“t worry! I have the Champion 20 and it keeps up with moderate stage-volume. The 40 will hang easily!

cheers - C.

mirrorboy

Yorkshire, England

Mar 30th, 2017 04:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Another guitarist at the jam plays through a Mustang 2. Same 40 watts output and a 12" speaker.

At first the Mustang blew away the Champion but it's now the other way round after the speaker has had some break-in time.

BrentD
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United States

By Grabthar's Hammer, what a savings.
Apr 1st, 2017 01:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Oh, thanks a *lot* guys! A buddy got one on sale for $119. Now I'll have to start looking at them.

tuninguitars

Indiana

lets take it apart
Apr 5th, 2017 12:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I put a Jensen P12n in my Champion 40 and i like the sound but I play clean and don't want over driven sound !!!

April 23 update
put stock speaker back in and its ok not quite as smooth as the P12n but good enough

(This message was last edited by tuninguitars at 11:49 AM, Apr 23rd, 2017)

Mick Reid
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Australia

American-made in Oz!!
Apr 10th, 2017 10:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had play through one of these today at a local shop. I was quite please with the sounds and range. Enough that I'm considering getting one.

I like the simplicity compared to the Mustangs. Those do my head in with all the parameters and settings.

As for the speaker, I thought it suited the amp fine. There was tons of bottom end and could dial in some sparkle at the same time.

I went into it thinking I'd do speaker swap down the line, but now don't see it would be necessary.

Just few more lessons and I'll have the spare cash to grab one!

(This message was last edited by Mick Reid at 12:46 AM, Apr 11th, 2017)

mirrorboy

Yorkshire, England

Apr 11th, 2017 03:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The speaker definitely opens up after a short time.

Last night I played with drummer, conga player and two other guitarists and only had it on 7 or 8 on the clean channel.

I stopped using the other channel because of the shared EQ and use the Caline Orange Burst for solos.

Mick Reid
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Australia

American-made in Oz!!
Apr 11th, 2017 05:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Last night I played with drummer, conga player and two other guitarists and only had it on 7 or 8 on the clean channel."

I didn't get it that loud in the amp room of the shop (4-5?) but do you reckon there would be that much more "in the tank" from 7 to 10?


teemon

Florida

A Piece for Assorted Lunatics
Apr 11th, 2017 06:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a mustang 1 and 3 version two. Wish I chose a champ 40 instead of mustang 1 or even the smaller champ. Love the simplicity. Mustang one and two are very different than the 3 on up. No display.

teemon

Florida

A Piece for Assorted Lunatics
Apr 11th, 2017 06:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Although my mustang 1 sounds HUGE at low volume.

mirrorboy

Yorkshire, England

Apr 12th, 2017 06:13 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I used to play through the second channel for lead and now I find the boost pedal on the clean channel is sufficiently loud and gives me the eq facility on the pedal.

I played a Pacifica, which to all intents and purpose is a Strat. Volume 7.5 and yes it does go louder if you dial more but the headroom goes. It's louder but a little more compressed.

I'm convinced that the Champion 40 has the best power/tone to weight ratio given that it has a 12" speaker and only 19 lbs total weight.



Mick Reid
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Australia

American-made in Oz!!
Apr 12th, 2017 04:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I'm convinced that the Champion 40 has the best power/tone to weight ratio given that it has a 12" speaker and only 19 lbs total weight."

Keep talkin'... you're saying all the right things!

(or am I just hearing what I *want* to hear to justify a new gear purchase?)

:^)


mirrorboy

Yorkshire, England

Apr 12th, 2017 04:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Take a look under the hood.

Only the very latest in technology inside.

Inside the Champion 40

Mick Reid
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Australia

American-made in Oz!!
Apr 16th, 2017 01:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just ordered me one!

With the usual disruption of the Easter Monday, I reckon it should get here by Thursday. Woo Hoo!

mirrorboy

Yorkshire, England

Apr 16th, 2017 03:51 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Gigging mine outdoors today.

Will push it to 9 with Caline Orange Burst set to stun.

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