Submitted September 26, 2018 by Allen W in Frenchtown, MT
"Best Practice Amp I Have Found Yet"
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To be brief, I have a lot of Fender tube amps, two Twin Reverbs, one 1972 model that was owned by Jackson Browne as a stage amp. The other one is a 1981. A Blues Deluxe, Blues Deville 410, Deluxe Reverb, Musicmaster Bass amp, Fender PA100 and a Hot Rod Deluxe, that I am currently refurbishing. I also have an Egnater Tweaker 15.I currently own a Fender Champion 40 and just bought another one from Zzzounds.com, to run them in stereo with my Zoom multi effects pedals. I like the Champion 40 so much as a practice amp, it's simple, sounds good and it is plenty loud. Set it for a good clean tone and just play it. It saves wear and tear on my spendy amps, allows me to setup my Zoom pedals and also my gig analog pedal board, it really handles the vintage pedals pretty well.Sometimes less is more and in this case the Fender Champion 40 fits that bill well. It's light, the stock speaker is fine after it is broken in well. I installed a well broken in Eminence Cannabis Rex in mine, it sounded good, but then I put the stock speaker back in it, it sounds fine also after it was broken in well. I did wire up an extension jack for it, so I can hook it up to speaker cabs, that works really well also.Miked up this thing sounds good in my headphones and I can also run the headphone out into my mixer. When I first played through the amp it had a few rattles at louder volumes, but I tracked them down and just tightened up a few screws, no issues now.I think this is a good starter amp or a good amp for someone that does not feel like having to fire up their big rigs just to do a little song writing or experimenting with pedal settings. Not sure if I would gig with it, but it would probably work fine for some coffee shop gigs or small stage stuff. I play a stereo Twin Reverb setup, or for smaller stuff a stereo rig with the Blues Deluxe and the Deluxe Reverb, so I know a little bit about volume.I almost pulled the trigger on a couple of the large Roland keyboard amps, which cost a heck of a lot more than two of the Champion 40's, but decided what the heck, I am gonna try two of these things first and see how it sounds. I know one of them already sounds really good with all of my Zoom pedals, I have a Zoom G5 with a tube, a Zoom G3Xn, a Zoom G3n and a $3000.00 analog pedal setup I have built through the years. All of those sound pretty damn good with that little Champion 40.The guitars I am playing through it mostly are my custom wired strats with Dimarzio pickups. I also play a 54 Gibson Les Paul and a Gibson ES339. Acoustic electrics sound pretty damn good in it also, so I am thinking having two in stereo is going to sound pretty awesome.BigSkyBluesBand
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