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The Super-Champ XD is a hybrid tube-powered/solid state electric guitar amplifier from Fender.

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Stock Fender tubes require minimal break-in time - preferable to popular models like Groove, JJ and Tung-Sol tubes that are all fairly expensive

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"Blackface" mode is of very high quality - reminiscent of tones made popular by Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughn

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"British" mode combines multiple classic rock guitar tones - elements of both Marshall and Vox amps are present

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Tube components enable highly dynamic playing - jazz, blues and other genres with varying pick attack levels are well represented

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Special Design speaker provides thick, punchy sound - excellent for jam and practice sessions

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"Hot Rod" mode provides familiar overdriven rock sounds - excellent for fans of Jimi Hendrix and Carlos Santana

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Overall performance is fantastic at the price point - wide array of high-quality effects is a major selling point

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The Super-Champ XD is a hybrid tube-powered/solid state electric guitar amplifier from Fender that offers a step-up from the company's Vibro-Champ XD model. Featuring a single 10-inch Special Design speaker, this model has a total power handling of 15 watts within a single-input housing. Two channels, "Normal" and "Amp Voice" are included, with Volume 1, Volume 2, Channel Select, Gain, Voice, Treble, Bass, FX Select and FX Level controls available on the unit's "Blackface"-style control panel. Digital amp modeling is supported alongside 16 DSP effects such as Vibratone Slow and Fast, Delay 130ms, 300ms and 450 ms, Large Room, Concert Hall and Fender Spring Reverbs, and a variety of other Chorus and Tremolo processing options. Fender's classic Black textured vinyl covering is included for both nostalgic value and durability, with chrome hardware, a Red amp jewel and a molded Black handle providing similar functions. In addition, the Super-Champ XD features skirted amp knobs for smooth and accurate level adjustment, with an optional cover and footswitch available for increased protection and functionality. 

Features
  • Black textured vinyl covering
  • 1 10-inch Special Design speaker
  • 15 watts power handling
  • Chrome hardware
  • Molded Black handle
  • Normal and Amp Voice channels
  • Red amp jewel
  • DSP effects
  • Digital amp modeling
  • Volume 1, Volume 2, Channel Select, Gain, Voice, Treble, Bass, FX Select and FX Level controls
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Brian in Seattle
02/06/2011 11:33

There are some units with a "hiss/rattle" when fretting "B" strings (worst at the 7th fret. I took one back and now have a "good" one and am as happy with it as any amp I've ever owned (20 years of playing.) The cleans are amazing, the jazz voice is creamy, the metal sounds span from classic rock to shredder to modern death metal, and the jangle makes you want to buy a big green tractor! Spend the extra $40 for the warranty to ensure no hassles if you get one that buzzes and you can't go wrong.

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