The Fender Champion 600 5W Combo Amp is a small-scale and affordable combo amp from legendary guitar and amp maker Fender. This amp is modeled after and a tribute to the classic Fender Champ, produced from 1948 to 1982.
The Fender Champ has earned a large following of dedicated fans over the last six decades, and the Champion 600 serves as a modern update of this vintage amp.
With two inputs and rated at only 5 Watts, this amp is simple to use and perfectly suited for small rooms and home use. Originally this amp was designed to be used as a student model, but many professionals seeking out a classic Fender tone have come to be fans of the Fender Champ models because they are so easy to use and have a great tone for recording in the studio.
Weighing in at only fifteen pounds, this amp is also astoundingly portable, and great for bringing to a jam session at a friend's house, or for playing open mics or gigs at coffee houses or small bars.
The Fender Champion 600 is built with a six inch speaker and a low-gain preamp 6SJ7 tube and a 12AX7 tube. The authentic sound produced by tube construction from Fender gives this amp a high-quality vintage tone.
In fact, this amp supplies the very same classic tone that guitarists in the 1960s could hear coming out of their Fender Champs. The tubes and simple tone circuitry in this updated model can also be driven harder for a bit of snarling overdrive by choosing from high or low gain inputs.
In homage to its historic precursor, the Champion 600 has a distinctive two-tone vintage look. The main body is a warm, neutral blonde with a camel-colored panel and rich brown vinyl side panels. Even the logo on this amp was designed with careful attention to detail, with a white vintage font and dark cherry coloring. The line in jacks, volume knob and on/off switch are tucked away on the back of this amp, for a unique and sleek design that makes it easy to make adjustments. This amp will stand out for both its signature sound and its throwback stylings.
The Champion 600 provides a vintage Fender sound at an unbeatably low cost, and for those looking for this same tone with greater volume, the internal speaker can be disconnected so the amp can be used with a more powerful speaker cabinet. What this amp lacks in power and custom effects and settings, it makes up for with a sweet, crisp tone.
Though the Fender Champion 600 is not the loudest or the most powerful amp on the market, it is a great choice for home or studio use for anyone admiring vintage Fender tones.