Fender Super Champ X2 review

Entry-level hybrid promises the best of both worlds, but does it deliver?

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Guitar World Verdict

The appeal of a classic Fender ‘blackface’ never goes out of style, but when combined with a neat selection of amp voicing and effects, you’ve got quite a package for home, studio and smaller shows.


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    The tube channel is as pure as you’d hope

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    Nice selection of effects

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    USB connectivity increases its usability greatly

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    Looks the part


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    Deep editing of effect parameters requires software

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    No effects loop

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    Mediocre high gain sounds

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If there’s one thing the Fender Super Champ X2 gets absolutely right, it’s the aesthetics. Looking like the smaller brother of a Fender Twin, those classic blackface stylings give this the air of a guitar amp that costs a lot more than it actually does. What we’ve actually got is a (relatively) old digital/valve hybrid practice amp offering a gorgeous valve channel, with just a single volume control, and a second channel offering all kinds of magic. 

The valve channel - powered by two 6V6 output valves and a single 12ax7 in the preamp - truly is a joy, delivering those amazing, chiming sounds which are begging for a dash of reverb and the middle pickup of a Strat to bring it to life. A single volume control may not sound like much, but the fact is that these simplistic controls serve more as a blank canvas for pedals, ensuring you get the maximum sonic potential out of your reverbs, delays and modulation effects. With that in mind, an FX loop would have been nice, but for the price, it is a minor gripe.

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Chris Corfield

Chris Corfield is a journalist with over 12 years of experience writing for some of the music world's biggest brands including Orange Amplification, MusicRadar, Guitar World, Total Guitar and Dawsons Music. Chris loves getting nerdy about everything from guitar gear and synths, to microphones and music production hardware.