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HRC
Posted: March 5, 2009 - 01:20 PM
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I bought a new Fender Super Champ XD yesterday for practicing. I played a Les Paul Studio though one at Guitar Center and was very impressed with the clean channel. I bought a new one in the box, brought it home, plugged in my Les Paul Traditional and within 15 minutes it stopped working. It made a slight pop and went dead. It still powered up but had no sound. I had it cranked up on the clean when she blew. I exchanged it today for another one new in the box and so far so good. This little amp is loud and sounds real nice on the clean channel. I haven't tried it with my Stratocaster or Telecaster yet but it starts to break up nicely at around 7 on the clean channel with the Les Paul on 10. The 16 effects and 16 preamp settings aren't to shabby either. I play Blues, Southern Rock and some Country and Western and this little amp does well. So far I'd say you can get great tones for anything from clean C&W to heavy metal. I'll let you know more after I play with the amp some more. I'm just hoping the one that blew was a fluke...

Here's a write up and specs on the Fender Super Champ XD Amplifier


A real tube amp with 16 preamp voicings for amazing versatility.
The Super Champ® guitar amp of the early 1980s was an up-to-the-minute take on the venerable Fender® Champ® amplifier. It contained a powerful 10" speaker, large for a Champ; its all-tube overdrive capabilities were further enhanced by the inclusion of genuine Fender reverb. Bottom line, it had incredible gain and volume in a compact package a real surprise for guitarists who were accustomed to hauling much larger amps to the studio or rehearsal hall.

The Super Champ® XD amplifier enters a new era by combining a real tube amp with up-to-date "extras" like versatile amp voicing and a wide palette of quality effects. There's no limit to the number of tones that can be coaxed from this little firecracker, so practice and recording sessions really come alive with the Fender Super Champ XD amp.

Fender Super Champ XD Guitar Combo Amp Features:
15W tube power amp with two 6V6 tubes
12AX7 preamp tube
10 inch Special Design Speaker
Voicing knob with 16 different preamp voices great for any style of music
Two channels w/channel-switching format (optional footswitch available)
16 effects with effects level control
External speaker capability
Line output
Fender Super Champ XD Guitar Combo Amp Specifications:
Power requirements: 90W
Power output: 15W RMS into 8 ohms
Input impedance: >1 Mohm
Tubes: One 12AX7 and two 6V6
Speaker: One 10", 8 ohm Fender® Special Design
Dimensions: 15" x 17.5" x 9" (38 cm x 45 cm x 22.9 cm)
Weight: 24 lb (10.9 kg)

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Posted: March 31, 2009 - 02:25 PM
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How much are these going for?
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Posted: April 3, 2009 - 04:36 PM
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I paid $289.00 but now they're up to $399.00. I actually bought another one before the price increase and have two now. These are nice little amps for practicing and can get pretty loud if needed. It looks like Fender has raised their prices on all of their guitars and amps.
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Posted: April 3, 2009 - 05:18 PM
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Not a bad price as long as they sound good. I've noticed the rise in prices, but it's all good they make great gear.
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Posted: April 8, 2009 - 10:20 AM
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I plugged into a Fender Champ XD yesterday at the local shop and your right HRC these little amps rock. I was thinking about buying a new Blues Junior but now I can't decide between the 2. I'm going back to the music store Friday after work with my guitar to try both amps again. Fender got crazy on the price of a new Blues Jr. :yikes2:
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Posted: April 8, 2009 - 04:13 PM
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I agree on the high price now on the Blues Junior. They're great amps but $600+ is a bit steep.
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Posted: April 10, 2009 - 07:38 PM
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I bought the Fender Champ XD today. Thanks HRC for posting the review on this amp! :thumbsup: I like it and I've been playing around with it all day. Great amp and great review.
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Posted: April 10, 2009 - 11:19 PM
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I'm glad you like it. They're great amps for practicing. I usually use amp voicing 9 for lead. Did you get a foot switch? It's a 2 button switch, one to turn the the effects on and off and one to switch from the clean channel to the modeling channel. They're about $20-$25.
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Posted: April 12, 2009 - 09:41 AM
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The didn't have the switch so I ordered one. So far I'm very pleased with this amp. :thumbsup:
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Posted: May 6, 2009 - 10:31 PM
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I got the switch a week or so ago. This amp is a rocking little amp. I wanted to thank you again HRC for posting the information on the Fender Super Champ XD. I would have never bought it if I didn't see the review on it here. :thumbsup:
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Posted: May 7, 2009 - 01:52 PM
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No problem... B) I'm glad your happy with the amp. I use mine daily and have no complaints. Every guitar I plug into it sounds great with very little tweaking. I was leery when I bought it but I'm glad I did...
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