Fender Super Champ XD Electric Guitar Amplifier

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Fender Super Champ XD Electric Guitar Amplifier

  • 15 watts (Class “AB”)
  • One 10″, 8-ohm Special Design Speaker
  • Two Channels (Normal and Amp Voice)
  • Controls: Volume 1, Channel Select Switch, Gain, Volume 2, Voice, Treble, Bass, FX Level, FX Select

Our Super Champ XD takes the vintage Champ into a new era with classic styling, simple controls, a good variety of clean and distorted tones and unmistakable tube feel and performance at a remarkable price. Features include a real tube amp combined w

List Price: $ 419.99

Price: $ 299.00

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars
simply the best amp (for my purposes) I’ve played in 35 years, January 31, 2009
By 
Steven Podvoll
(REAL NAME)
  

This review is from: Fender Super Champ XD Electric Guitar Amplifier (Electronics)

Fender finally did it, designed and built the best practice amp in the world. Bear in mind, the cynic in me usually tempers hyperbole about products. In any case, this amp sounds great regardless of what’s driving it; I currently play a Gibson ES-175D, an Epiphone Sheraton, and a Yamaha Pacifica equipped with Kinman pickups. (I soon hope to get another Stratocaster, and install my Kinmans it it, but I digress.)

Like a tube amp should, and like *no* solid state amp can, the Super Champ XD responds dynamically to varying pick attack. In addition, all of it’s emulations sound more convincing *because* it’s a tube amp.

Re. the emulations, to my ears, the “Blackface” mode sounds most convincing of all, very Stevie Ray, especially in Voice Position 6. The “Tweed” emulation sounds equally convincing, but I’m not as big a fan of that, somewhat darker tonality. The “British” emulations sound like a cross between Marshall and Vox, not quite either, but a compromise between the two. The “Hot Rod” emulation sounds quite a bit like a Mesa Boogie, and I’m sure a PRS or Les Paul player can pretend to be Carlos, accordingly. I have yet to play around much with the “Metal”, “Jazz”, or “Acoustic” emulations.

Emulations aside, I think what makes this amp sound so good, is the speaker. Apparently, some reviewers at harmonycentral.com and musiciansfriend.com seem to disagree, but I think the speaker makes this amp sound *huge*, even at low volumes. In fact, I dare say it sounds as big and punchy as the Bandmaster I used to own, many years ago.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars
Best small-midsized tube amp on the market – BUY THIS., February 17, 2011
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This review is from: Fender Super Champ XD Electric Guitar Amplifier (Electronics)

I’ll spare you my guitar playing resume (30+ years), and get right to it. So, I purchased the Super Champ XD outside of Amazon, but am so impressed with it, I don’t mind supporting the other excellent Super Champ XD reviews herein. After a few weeks of viewing piles of reviews on various effect/amplication items and actually field-testing many amps and interests.. I happened back on my trusty old Fender series of amps. I sat down and played the Mustang 2 first and then the SCXD. The Mustang 2 was neat, but more for a beginning home-player wanting a full solid state amp with a-bizillion gizmos. The SCXD is more of a player’s amp (for the musician who wants tube-driven warmth with “modeling” or “voicing” built-ins, manueverability, and ease of use. The expression “modeling”, or “voicing”, simply means that this amp has built-in pre-set distortion settings and effects (16 distortions and several effects combinations – chorus, delay, tremelo, Fender spring reverb, and Vibratone – which is a phase-like effect). And, they are adjustable (gain, and intensity). As such, you have two different knobs; one which controls your distortions, and the other which controls your effects (there is an intensity knob for the effects too). The 16 distortions range from very light to crunch, so it’s not completely accurate to say that some are all that “distorted”, but you get the idea. To add each distortion setting, and effect setting may be tuned to your liking with gain, treble, bass and intensity knobs. So, this amp is pretty customizable for what it is. No, it’s not a fully customized pedal/effects board. However, you will admire the versatility of this set-up, and all the many tones it produces. Plus 15 watts of tube power is a lot! (Guessing here – similar to a 60 watt solid state amp in power output). The pre-set distortions are all usable for varying tastes of music. For hard rock and lead, I use setting 8 (plexi-Marshall) and 3 (Fender, driven tweed) each used with full gain, and higher treble and bass settings. Go ahead, and add some delay/reverb, or plain delay for soloing.. This setting is great either way. Or, for a blusey vibe, I’ll use setting 2,6, and 7, with/without some temelo.. there are so many ideas and tones you can get out of this amp. The hard-rock distortion is very good and toothy (setting 8). It’s my opinion that setting 8 is an excellent general setting (w/without delay, or verb). Just adjust your tone and pick-ups with this setting, and you’d be happy, but you’ve got plenty of others to choose from too. I also really like to work the tubes on this thing.. Many times, I crank up the volume to a 5-7 level, and the gain all the way up!! This little thing sings, cries, and rocks.. nice and loud! All tube amps need volume to do their magic – so, it’s no different on this amp.. Testing it in a store on level 2, or 3 is great, but go ahead, turn it up to level 5-7 to get this thing into groove.. If the store will let you do it go ahead and try it (use setting 8 on the voicing knob, and pick out a Les Paul to work this horse). Or, you got to, take it home for a little while.

The fit and finish are usual Fender-look, and quality. Everything feels good as you adjust and play with the amp. I also like that this amp is small/midsized and will stow away without taking up too much space, but, at the same time, deliver fairly rich base response and fat tone (notable with Fender tube amps). This amp is about the size of an average microwave oven (more boxy though). The SCXD offers versatility and big sound in a compact package; it is absolutely perfect for home-space playing without all cords/gear/mess that larger amps/stacks/pedals/cords give you. Could you gig with it? Hell yeah, but depends on your set-up and other things. The speaker inside the SCXD gives good bass and lush/fat tone; but also will render the crunchy/crispy metal tone too.. This speaker sounds pretty fantastic people..; many have suggested, you’ve got to break-in a speaker, my stock speaker is getting more edgy after about 100 hours and sounds really good – I doubt I’ll ever replace it.
I also dig the old-school power-on indicator light. It glows and looks old-school-cool.

Overall – I would replace this amp at a higher cost if it were stolen from me.. . It’s like adding 20 pretty good pedals to your small tube amp without all the cords, adapters, mess etc.. Therefore, it’s a great home-use amp (plug and play). Purists argue that modeling/voicing amps (also known as hybrids) are not full-tube sound which is partly true, but you’ll never hear a difference. So, I disagree in context as to how tube sound works to begin with. As for the SCXD, the sound on both channels is still moving through vaccume tubes, it’s just that, the overdrive is processed from transistors, instead of extra tubes which are in “full-tube amps, therefore making the OD gain in the SCXD solid-state…

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars
Pure Fender Excellence, November 13, 2010
By 
Peach R. Trail “peachr” (King, NC USA) –
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This review is from: Fender Super Champ XD Electric Guitar Amplifier (Electronics)

My Fender Super Champ XD is a fairly recent purchase. I own several types of AMPS (both tube and solid state) and I have never really had one that I considered to be bad. Each one is for a specific purpose. I have been playing off and on for more than 40 years and music has been a huge part of my life. I purchased this SCXD mainly because of the built in effects and voices which I hoped would eliminate some of the pedals. I have not been disappointed. The SCXD has exceeded all of my expectations. For it’s size and weight it is loud when you want loud and it has superb tone. It is quite flexible due the many selections and combination’s you can dial in from the 16 effects and 16 voice settings that are built in. The AMP is a hybrid with solid state electronics generating the effects & voices and a pair of 6V6 output tubes that deliver very high quality warm Fender tube sound. For the price, I was not able to find anything out there that could match this AMP. It’s not designed for large stage events. Its more of a backstage or practice AMP but can be “miked” to make it so. Every musician’s ear is different. I would recommend purchasing any AMP from a dealer that will refund within a few days to allow you to hear for yourself. If you don’t like it you can return it. With this one, I knew it was a keeper right out of the box.

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