Fender Champion 100 Review

An amp is a valuable asset for any musician. They have multiple uses and can strengthen your playing in a variety of ways. They are also great for performing live and recording your music.

But the problem is, there are so many amps out there to choose from. Where do you start?

Fender Champion 100 is a fantastic, and affordable little amp designed with musicians in mind to give them a great amp experience.

This is a complete review of the Fender Champion 100 amp, what it can do and how to use it, and all of its great features.

Fender Champion 100 Overview

Fender Champion 100 - 100-Watt Electric Guitar Amplifier

Fender is a well-established, well renowned, and highly regarded brand. They have top quality products across the board with great reviews and musician satisfaction.

The Fender Champion 100 amp is up there as one of the best average sized amps around. It has tons of features, it’s completely portable, and produces an undeniably stunning sound.

The overall look of the amp screams vintage, in a good way. It has a silver front grill and all black trims.

You are able to decide between two channels. One, a simple and clean sound. You can control the bass and treble to alter your sound with an easily accessible dial.

Two is the distortion tone changing the channel. You can play around with this to create the perfect sound for your music, including the bass and treble as well.

The amp is equipped with Fender grade quality speakers, so you know that your sound is in safe hands.

Fender Champion 100 - 100-Watt Electric Guitar Amplifier
  • When ‘burying’ your drummer in volume is important, the 100 watts thrown out of 2 – 12” Fender special designed speakers will get your point across.
  • Jam along with your favorite tracks by simply plugging your MP3 player into the Auxiliary input and you instantly become part of the band and /or practice privately with the 1/8th headphone output jack that also mutes the speaker output.
  • Toggle between 100 Watts of clean or mean from the 2 channels with the kick of a footswitch during a stage or studio performance.
  • Explore many very usable musical tones from the many amp classic to modern amp voicing’s and the various spacial effects such as digital reverb, chorus, delay and vibratone.
  • Limited Warranty Included.1/8 inch aux input

Fender Champion 100 Key Features

100 watt

The most important thing for any amp is how they sound.

This kit has 100 watt speakers. That means they can be powerful enough to hear over any loud band ensemble, especially a drum set.

100 watts is normally associated with playing in venues, such as clubs and pubs and small stadium settings. So, that gives you a better idea of the power behind the speakers.

Dual 12” Speakers

The speakers are bespoke to Fender. They feature on a few different amps, but they really stand out as a great feature on the Champion 100.

They are up to the task when it comes to giving your sound a home. Not only that, but they seem to be built for longevity and the sound is always crisp and projected to perfection.

Regardless of the effect or the volume, the steadfast speakers are up to the task.

Multiple Functions

Fender has designed a modern amp. It has a variety of digital settings, which makes it blend old style amps with modern technology. These digital effects are controlled by a dial that is turned easily by hand.

The dial controls which setting you click onto. There is even a handy switch that you can with your foot to toggle the effects from on to off.

This ensures that you don’t have to worry about putting down your instrument if you need to change the amp settings.

You can switch up the settings with tons of different amp sounds. These include the ever popular and desirable, distorted guitar sound, reverb sounds to suit any environment, chorus effect, delay, and tremolo.

Exterior Aesthetic

This amp looks like a classic, rock and roll amp. It is big enough but not overly blocky or invasive. The front grill is completely dull silver, which looks vintage in its own right, while still somehow maintaining that sense of modernity.

The rest of the amp is black, with a few white highlights, for example, the numbers and letters on the effects dials.

Pros

  • AUX & Jack Input

There are aux and jack inputs along the front of the amp.

You can therefore connect any external sound system to the amp, and ultimately play along with any music.

It also means that you can connect your headphones to the amp, in a convenient way, i.e., at the front where you don’t have to fiddle about, or trip about.

The benefit of being able to plug in your headphones is that you can practice with the same amp effects and different amp sounds, while not disturbing the peace in the village.

  • Sturdy & Reliable

Champion 100 is the biggest out of the Champion range. It is heavyset but remains portable. It is built with purpose, and that translates into any environment you may use it in.

Though it is a larger amp than the others in the range, it is still not overpowering or clunky in design. It sits neatly on the stage, or the floor.

  • Fender Brand Name

Fender has been around for many years. They are well-known in the music business, and globally.

They have established themselves as excellent producers of a whole manner of musical equipment and instruments.

You know that when you buy a Fender product, you are more than likely buying something you can depend on and is going to excel in its overall performance and function.

Cons

  • Too Many Features

It can be hard to decide on an amp. It’s too easy to get brain fog over which accessories are essential and which are superfluous.

The Champion 100 has a lot of features and a lot of different settings. It’s not exactly an amp set up for beginners to the music industry, but then again it doesn’t exactly pretend to be!

It’s definitely an amp for someone who knows what they’re doing and feels comfortable in the amp arena.

Amp Guide

Size Of The Amp

Different sized amps can do different things. Normally, the biggest difference between the different sized amps is the sound they are able to produce.

A small amp tends to have a lower watt value on the speakers and therefore a smaller sound. The bigger amps have a higher watt, and can therefore produce a much bigger sound.

But, it’s not all about the sound. The bigger the amp, the more space there is for aux inputs and other dials for different amp effects and distortion.

If you travel around performing a lot, you might want something a bit more lightweight, but that still produces a big sound.

Champion 100, though chunkier than the other models in the range, is still fairly portable and not overly heavy.

Portability

Of course, amps are created in all shapes and sizes.

It depends on what you use them for, how you travel with them, and how long you have to carry them around for.

As we said above, the smaller the amp naturally the easier it is to carry about.

Amp Features

  •  EQ Settings

EQ Settings are all of the different settings behind the overall audio experience. Lots of amps give you the power to change the EQ settings so that you get the sound you want.

It is worth checking out before purchasing an amp. If you can’t change the EQ settings, you may not be able to achieve what you want with your sound.

For example, changing up the level of bass treble and midi on a sound can create a completely new and different sound than the original.

  • Input Ports

Why are input ports important? Well, they are essential because no one wants an amp that you can’t plug anything into.

Top of the range amps, such as the Fender range, will definitely have at the minimum two input ports for you to play around with.

These are useful for things like a guitar or bass pedals, headphones, and hooking up to external sound systems.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Does An Amp Do?

An amp, short for an amplifier, does what the name suggests.

They amplify your sound. You can also change your sound with different effects such as bass, tremolo, and distortion.

They give you a better overall sound, clearer, louder and with less interference.

What Is The Right Price Range For An Amp Novice?

When you’re just starting out as a musician, it can be overwhelming to interpret all of the different costs.

Amps are a part of that cost, especially if you plan on playing to a bigger audience and as a part of a band or ensemble.

You can expect to pay upwards of £100 to buy a decent amp. You may be able to reduce this cost by looking at second hand options.

Does An Amp Even Matter?

An amp matters for different reasons, but it boils down to what you want from your musical experience.

With an amp, you can create so many different sounds from your original sound. You can change EQ settings, create distortion, and play on a larger scale than before.

They are also a great and valuable asset for any performer, whether it’s small scale audiences or big stages.

Wrap Up

Fender Champion 100 is a stand out, stand up amp. It boasts an impressive amount of different features, including multiple distortion settings.

The speakers are capable of carrying all the different effects up to a high volume and not losing their sound quality.

It is not overpriced, but it is fancy.