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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: 1985 - Current / NAD - Champion 40

Mick Reid
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American-made in Oz!!
Apr 22nd, 2017 02:00 AM   Edit   Profile  

Arrived at my door yesterday and as luck would have it, Mrs. Reid was out for a few hours!
Gave me some time to dig in...

Overall first impressions are as good as I experienced during my trial at the shop a couple of weeks ago.

Having the manual and being able to read just what the amp models and FX are, gave me a better understanding of the settings. I *really* like the simplicity. (a intellectually-challenged, poor man's Mustang??)

So far my faves are, in order:
(CH 2) '65 Princeton; Twin and the (CH 1) Clean .
I still set the CH 2 with really low Gain so they're also quite clean. (great pedal platform)

Setting up CH 2 with clean-ish models just seems to be a bit fuller sounding than the CH 1 Clean (not that it's bad, just different imo). I think there'll plenty of volume for jamming. Hopefully find out soon!

I used my pedalboard for dirt & FX and it definitely takes them well.

I found with using my OD pedals, I had to adjust them differently with each model. (to be expected - as you would with different real-life amps) Not a problem, just extends the "research time".
For me it will be a matter of finding *the* best model for my playing and set & forget.
It's good to have options there for just mucking around or recording though.

The FX I like the best (and were most practical) are the reverbs; tremolo and vibrato.
I do prefer using my pedalboard for ease of adjusting and range of sounds. The FX sounds are quite good, just limited by single selection and tweakability.

I haven't experimented much with the British sounds yet, but that just seems wrong anyway ;^)
After all, I bought a Fender, right?
I spent all of about 30 seconds on the high gain models. Not my thing really.

Time will tell on reliability, but I haven't heard anything bad. (the only bad review I've read was written by someone who obviously was a complete knob!)

Only 24 hours in so far, but the combination of tones, WEIGHT and PRICE, I'd say it's a keeper...

Watch this space!


Yorkshire, England

Apr 22nd, 2017 06:20 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thought it would suit you. Doesn't lack anything in the bottom end thanks to the decent 12" speaker,

The Rotary fx is good for copping an SRV tone. I did buy the footswitch, but I'm like you and prefer my pedalboard.

Mick Reid
Contributing Member


American-made in Oz!!
Apr 22nd, 2017 03:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

"I did buy the footswitch, but I'm like you and prefer my pedalboard."

Hey mirrorboy -
Yes, I considering getting the footswitch just to have. I can see where it could be useful in some situations. (bare bones grab & go)

I was going to build one, but for once I can get a genuine Fender one for a only a few bucks more than the cost of the parts!

Also, you mentioned in a previous thread that you prefer the CH 1 Clean.
I'm sure you have tried setting the CH 2 models for a clean tone like I did, what is it in CH 1 you prefer? Just curious...


Yorkshire, England

Apr 23rd, 2017 04:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

Ah, must just be laziness on my part. I've usually got a spare drive pedal, running on battery power, to grab and go.

I will have to investigate the other channel more. At the odd jam night where I can turn it up I'm usually preoccupied with learning new tunes.

Mick Reid
Contributing Member


American-made in Oz!!
Apr 26th, 2017 07:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

I got some more "me time" yesterday with the amp.

Played for about 3-1/2 hrs and got to muck around with amp & pedal settings and get a better handle on the their interaction.

I particularly liked the Tweed Deluxe tones. Again still setting the models for a low gain tone and kicking OD pedals for dirt. The Tweed Dlx really liked the OD's! Might be my new fave!

@ mirrorboy, if you're interested here's some settings I been using for clean(ish) CH 2 amp models. YMMV, but have a go!

Blackface 65 Princeton:
Gain 4; Vol 6; Treble 5; Bass 4

BF Twin:
Gain 5; Vol 3.5; Treble 5; Bass 4

Tweed Dlx:
Gain 3; Vol 4; Treble 7; Bass 5

(This message was last edited by Mick Reid at 09:28 PM, Apr 26th, 2017)


Yorkshire, England

Apr 27th, 2017 04:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks Mick, I'll give it a whirl and report back.

I just wish I had more me time when I wasn't feeling tired.



May 5th, 2017 03:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a new Champion 40 and love it .I use mainly tweed and Blackface .I'll try your settings .Love the wah.I was fooling around yesterday along with my bass player mate and tried some conversational wah laden jazz.Loved it .

Mick Reid
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American-made in Oz!!
May 5th, 2017 05:19 PM   Edit   Profile  

"...and tried some conversational wah laden jazz."

I've tried a few different auto-wah pedals and they all shared the same problem. Volume drop!

I haven't played around much with the on-board wah, but I didn't notice any volume drop issue when I did.

Glad to hear your enjoying the amp too!

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