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Champ 25, Tube Combo Guitar Amp from Fender in the Champ series.


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Fender Champ 25 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:Fender
  • Model:Champ 25
  • Series:Champ
  • Category:Tube Combo Guitar Amps
  • Added in our database on: 10/12/2006

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Fender Champ 25 user reviews

Steve_Boudreaux07/28/2011

Steve_Boudreaux's review"A Better Way To Make A Hybrid SS/Tube Amp, But Distorted Sounds Are Over The Top"

Fender Champ 25
Hybrid amp- solid state pre-amp, tube power amp. This is far less common than the 12AX7 tube in the pre-amp section, but this setup results in much better tube distortion, once you find a way to overdrive the power tubes. 25 watts. Good selection of controls, well laid-out.

Two instrument inputs, effects loop (on the SE version, only) and headphone out.

Another smaller amp with the much-desired 12-inch speaker. When you get to step up to a 12, bass and volume are much better.

UTILIZATION

Great cleans. I mean, GREAT cleans. Stupid distorted sound- the amp should have been designed to go from almost no distortion, instead the distorted channel starts at the higher end of most blues and rock guitarist's taste, and goes up- WAY up- from there. Don't use the distorted channel unless you play metal, thrash or other over-the-top styles- use a pedal, instead.

SOUNDS

Having two inputs- low and high Z- the amp works just fine with single coil guitars and humbucker-equipped ones. If you want usable, controllable distortion, you MUST use a pedal- I got good results with an Ibenez Tube Screamer, but your taste may differ- if you like the pedal, you will like what it does to the sound of this amp.

Clean channel is to die for- think vintage black face Bassman- country-western players who don't want to lug around a heavy amp will love this one. Distortion channel is just hateful.

This amp's reverb does not play well with others- using it and the reverb from a multi-effects pedal causes noises that will drive everyone- you included- from the room. You have been warned.

OVERALL OPINION

Nicest thing about this amp is it's clean tube tones and 12-inch speaker. This amp goes cheap, these days- think of this as a budget-priced Fender Super Champ XD on steroids- more power, bigger speaker and cab, only thing missing is the DSP effects, which most of us can live without. By rights, this amp should be selling for $200, but they often go for much less. At the going prices, grab one when you get the chance.
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iamqman06/29/2011

iamqman's review"Good back in the day"

Fender Champ 25
Fender has made a heck of a lot of great amps and they have ventured off their beaten path a few times. This is one of those experiments that they decided to go with. It was a good one at the time and that should be commended.

This amp is one of the amps that had a hybrid technology where you have a solid state preamp section and a power tube output section. You have a preamp tube for the phase inverter and then two power tubes.

I believe that Music Man amps did amps like this in the 80's and it was pretty successful. This amp takes the tone of the vintage champ amps from Fender and adds a modern twist of tone shaping and features. These were a step above the technology of that day and were extremely modern for their time.

UTILIZATION

Output 25 Watts
Rectifier Solid State
Preamp Solid State
Phase Inverter 7025 (?)
Power 2 x 6L6GC
Speakers/Load 1 x 12"/8 ohms
Effects Reverb, Channel Switching
Config Combo
Control Panel Black forward facing w/ white labels, controls numbered 1-10
Front Conrol Layout Normal: In, In, Treb, Mid, Bass, Mid Shift Sw - Drive: Vol, Gain, Treb, Bass, Contour - Master Vol, Reverb - Effect Out, Effect In - Line Out - Standby Sw, Power Sw
Rear Conrol Layout Fuse (1A)
Knobs Black round, unnumbered
Cabinet 17 1/2" x 20" x 11" (44.5 x 50.8 x 27.9 cm)
Cab Hardware Black Strap handle, plastic corner protectors, glides
Cab Covering Black Tolex
Grille Black grille cloth
Weight 38 1/2 lbs. (17.5 Kg)

SOUNDS

I like the tone of most American made Fenders and though it is solid state in the preamp and the power amp tubes do cover up the harshness of the solid state tone. The tone is Fender by all means and you can immediately hear that with your first strum of the chords.

I always like Fender amps with a good Fender Stratocaster or a Fender Telecaster. They just go perfect with one another. One thing that bugs me on this amp is the effects loop on the front panel. Any amp that does this like some Peavey's just bug me. Having multiple cables running in the front of the amp plus a mic if you are using it live just looks tacky.

OVERALL OPINION

I'm not sure what the going rate these amps are in the used market. These amps were still made in Southern California which is a plus. These amps were such a departure of what Fender would normally do. It was a hit with some people who weren't Fender fan-boy's because those guys just want the classic style and tone. This would have appealed to the persona searching for something more or just something different to them.

I would recommend this to any one who needs a good practice amp and doesn't want to break the bank to buy it. I suggest trying it out first before buying because the voicing may not be your thing.
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iamqman06/24/2011

iamqman's review"Similar to a Music man amp"

Fender Champ 25
This amp is one of the amps that had a hybrid technology where you have a solid state preamp section and a power tube output section. You have a preamp tube for the phase inverter and then two power tubes.

I believe that Music Man amps did amps like this in the 80's and it was pretty successful. This amp takes the tone of the vintage champ amps from Fender and adds a modern twist of tone shaping and features.

UTILIZATION

Output 25 Watts
Rectifier Solid State
Preamp Solid State
Phase Inverter 7025 (?)
Power 2 x 6L6GC
Speakers/Load 1 x 12"/8 ohms
Effects Reverb, Channel Switching
Config Combo
Control Panel Black forward facing w/ white labels, controls numbered 1-10
Front Conrol Layout Normal: In, In, Treb, Mid, Bass, Mid Shift Sw - Drive: Vol, Gain, Treb, Bass, Contour - Master Vol, Reverb - Effect Out, Effect In - Line Out - Standby Sw, Power Sw
Rear Conrol Layout Fuse (1A)
Knobs Black round, unnumbered
Cabinet 17 1/2" x 20" x 11" (44.5 x 50.8 x 27.9 cm)
Cab Hardware Black Strap handle, plastic corner protectors, glides
Cab Covering Black Tolex
Grille Black grille cloth
Weight 38 1/2 lbs. (17.5 Kg)

SOUNDS

The tone is Fender by all means. I like the tone of most American made Fenders and though it is solid state in the preamp and the power amp tubes do cover up the harshness of the solid state tone.

I always like Fender amps with a good Fender Stratocaster or a Fender Telecaster. They just go perfect with one another. One thing that bugs me on this amp is the effects loop on the front panel. Any amp that does this like some Peavey's just bug me. Having multiple cables running in the front of the amp plus a mic if you are using it live just looks tacky.

OVERALL OPINION

You can find these amps on the used market for right around $200+, which isn't that bad for a decent sounding hybrid combo amplifier. These amps were still made in Southern California which is a plus.

I would recommend this to any one who needs a good practice amp and doesn't want to break the bank to buy it. I suggest trying ti out first before buying because the voicing may not be your thing.
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Magix Fingers04/28/2007

Magix Fingers's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Fender Champ 25
The all-tube amp with reverb CHAMP25: 1 power tube preamp and 2 lamps
sufficient to give the 25 Watts: a roundness and clarity with some heat and monstrous, n (again we can put the lamp you want do not require adjustment to adapt it is that it is to really have wanted her because the lights are for me something personal I have the original)
This is when the fender and the same vintage (15 years minimum).

UTILIZATION

The sound is extremely simple with two separate channels
you turn the knob one puts his bass and treble desired mediums and go for a pure, especially its
With a Fender Stratocaster JZE United States say it

SOUNDS

BLUES ROCK sound see if metalheads paasser your way
For blues lovers vintage is merveilleuix hello take your foot really has to try at least for my use RAS as long as it lasts.

OVERALL OPINION

It was ten years I do the guitar in my possession, and despite the hot rod deluxe is finally here and well you know I really sound I was looking for years vintage powerful clean round and especially blues wish.
Fender thank you, it really has to keep an amp and a life concervé
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