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Fender Champion 600 (small tube amps)

PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2007 10:47 am
by TheDude
Hey everyone,

Anyone already heard the new Fender Champion? 5W tube amp made to look like a 40s/50s Champ?

I'm pretty keen. I'm loving all these small tube amps that are coming out (Epi ValveJR, Crate, Peavey).

Haven't seen one in any shops here yet, so I'm wondering if maybe in the US it's out already? Anyhoo, if it sounds as sweet as it looks, should be killer!

PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2007 11:17 am
They are for sale at places like Musician's Friend and Guitar Center in the US.

PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2007 11:53 am
by 601blues
:shock: I tried a new champ, and the Jr.combo, the reason I went with the Valve Jr. Special was the speaker size, 10" the champ is good but they put too small of a speaker in them!! same with the valve jr,combo 8" champ 6"!!!!! I also got the Valve Jr Head and hooked it to a Hartke 2 /10"cab, sounds great ,But Like I said the 6"and 8" is just too small to get the full impact of those amps! Thats my 2 cents!!

PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2007 3:24 pm
by ricochet
That VJ combo's 8" is a mighty nice sounding one IMO. Weber VST sells that speaker as their "Ceramic 8."

PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2007 6:17 pm
by grady
Epi Valve Standard for me.

I A/B'ed the little Gibson all-tube amp against the entire Epi line at my local dealer one day and the Valve Standard is by far the best of the lot.

PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2007 6:29 pm
by 601blues
I use the valve Jr head thru the 2 /10 cab for my harmonicas, and the Valve jr Special for my Reso, Image

PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 10:07 am
by TheDude
Thanks for your input guys! Much obliged.

Checked with the music store... It's not out yet here... Another 6-8 weeks backorder. :(

I'll order the Champion anyways, cuz it's just what I need. I don't really gig. At the most I just jam with some friends, but there's no drummer to compete with!

The Champion's got what I want: it's small, it's goodlooking, it's simple and I can get that nice cranked Fender overdrive at a volume level that's not gonna make my wife wanna pack her bags! :wink:

Used to have a Blues Jr. but 15W is just too darn loud. The Blues Jr. sounds OK at lower volumes, but I gigged with it a couple of times and being able to crank it open wide really brought it to life. Couldn't ever do that at home.

PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2007 4:01 pm
by Bluelew
It's not available here yet either. There was a namm demo on youtube here it is if haven't seen it, it's very short. I think this will be a good recording or harp amp....

PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2007 2:52 am
by rustyslide
I love how he says you can crank it up and not upset anyone in the next apartment because it's only 5 Watts.

I'm quite sure I'd get complaints if I dimed my Valve Jr.

PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2007 11:27 am
by ricochet
I can't hear my wife when she stands in the door and yells at me to turn the VJ down.

PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2007 1:22 pm
by jeffl
It always amazes me how loud a small amp can sound in the house (I own a Champ) and how limited it can get when you have a couple guitarists and a rhythm section to compete with. It tells you how much volume yer dealin' with in those situations.

PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 1:12 am
by slickcat
If it were me I'd get the Pro-Junior...more of a "tweed" amp sound.
The champ is ok for cleans.

PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 3:26 am
by grady
I tried that smallest Peavey Tube Amp yesterday at my local store and it is HORRIBLE !!

PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 11:38 am
by Bluelew
Which one Grady? the pro-jr. or the champ?

PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 12:59 pm
by Catweazle
The Peavey Nano-valve (€149) and the Fender Champion 600 (€189) can both be ordered from has brought out a 5W Class A tube amp, like the Epi Valve Junior (but with tone knob) for €98. ... n_ga5.html