Review: Fender Super Champ X2

The Fender Super Champ X2 15-Watt 1×10-Inch Guitar Combo Amp has a sense of exact valve-amp dimension with the versatility of 16 separate amp voicing and an array of onboard digital effects. It’s an affordable amp with a valve power amplifier and a bolted DSP preamp on the front.

The Fender Super Champ X2 has the USB port which allows you to tinker with the Fender Fuse software or through the USB directly into their DAW. The amp can be used in a professional studio but is perfect for hobbyist and bedroom players.

Positive Aspects

It’s flexible, tuneful &simple with easy computer connectivity – allows you to customize the voicing and effects of the amp according to your personal taste. The endless tones that can be created with the Super Champ X2 ensure your recording and rehearsal sessions are lively.

The amp features voicing knob with 19 different amp types, (Blackface, tweed, metal, British and more). A 10” Fender Special Design speaker, dual-channel switching – the footswitch option. 15 effects with control. Tap tempo control for accurate delay adjustment. USB output for the speaker which imitates the digital recording and ¼” line output. The free to download Fender Fuse software allows for more tonal versatility. You will also have access to free Fender community content.

The non-master volume channel 1 offers some beautiful blackface-style clean tones with lots of headroom and channel 2 expands the combo’s tonal palette to a greater extent.

For amp models, firing the Fuse software up provides access to the mid-range tone control, and sometimes a bright switch and presence control too. These are exceptional essential, more so, if you want to optimize a given model (and bright-surrounding cab) for the particular guitar you are using.

Fuse enables you to adjust parameters that are not available on the amps front panel.

Negative Aspects

It’s lightweight cab and 1”- speaker naturally lean towards the clear sound, which can be fatiguing and brash on the ears and you’ll have to utilize a better quality compressor pedal on the front of the amp together with a touch of reverb and delay from onboard effects section to get clean sounds.

X2’s higher gain voices are a little less successful, and at higher volumes, the physical restrictions of the bright-sounding small speaker can be exposed.

No decent studio-style reverb with an extended, smooth decay, therefore there’s limitations to what you can place where. The flexibility or freedom found in a full amp-modeling software is currently available, though there’s still a broader range of sounds on offer up to four effects that are on the front of the amplifier model and further three found in the effects loop.

Conclusion

For home use, it’s an ideal package that provides a broad diversity of sounds at the right volume level. Combining a software interface with physical amp hardware, the Super Champ X2 goes to greater lengths in trying to satisfy an average guitarist. From the easy-to-use- Fuse software to its front panel controls, it’s all about instant fulfillment.

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