NAD: first guitar amp, Champion 20!

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  1. Call Me Al

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    I’m mainly a bass player, but got an electric guitar this winter. I’ve been playing through my Rumble 25 bass amp, but got a hankering for a “proper” guitar amp. :D

    So I went to demo some amps. Fell head-over-heels for a Blues Jr; but Twas a bit steep in price and overkill for my needs right now. Maybe some day…

    I thought about a smaller valve amp. Burgera v5 was at the top of my list. But ultimately I decided Aux In was clutch for me.

    I actually wrote off the Champion on my first demo. But this video made my go back and try to explore the settings a little more. And I’m glad I did! Really enjoying this amp. Lots of good sounds here, but I’m especially enjoying the blackface modeling and the spring reverb fx. Highly recommended for a small practice amp! :cool:

    Ok , here she is:
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    With big brother, my Rumble 25:
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  2. Killing Floor

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    Sweet! I have gotten decent low volume tone playing a bass through a guitar amp but I can’t get a nice guitar tone from my bass amps. Even my baritone Tele sounds squished in a bass amp.
    Glad you have the right tool for the job.
     
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    This is what I started with cuz I hate modeling amps. I recommend the green "blackface" setting with gain around 6 for a nice fenderish tone and the yellow "british" setting with low gain for a more marshall tone (not as good as the other setting, but it can substitute if you don't have any OD pedals at the moment). I also run with the red reverb setting on 2 or 3, something low to give it a little dimension.
     
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    Those are great little amps!
     
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    I foolishly gave one of those away and really regret it. I keep hinting that I`d like it back but it doesn`t look like it`s gonna happen
     
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    Great amps. Tried the 40, the effects are sweet.
     
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  7. Call Me Al

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    My mood on the Rumble would change with the tides. Some days I liked it. But ultimately it only did one thing. When I started browsing for reverb pedals to add to my bass amp, I knew it was time to go amp shopping! ;)
     
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    I’m pretty simple, something like the Mustang modeling amp is way too much for me. I like the simple interface on the Champ. Like I said, I loved the Bluer Jr; but the combination of the features (aux & phones) and price led me here. I’m pretty green, and it’s a step up from the bass amp, so I’m pretty happy so far :)

    That’s pretty close to where I started. Love that blackface green (deluxe I think?) and all the reverbs seem to fatten up the sound nicely. I’m doing blues lessons now, don’t really need Marshall tone and makes sense to stay in Fender-land. I did find the 60s British pretty cool. Last night I took a Tour-De-Tweed and was really digging those tones too.
     
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    I hate to break it to you, but the Champion 20 is a modeling amp. DUH!
     
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    Yes Tweed is where I started, especially the Red, but when i started getting pedals, the blackface became the only setting I would use and treat it like a 20W SS Hot Rod Deluxe. Glad you like it, share any tweed settings you enjoy, I'll check em out, currently I am using it as my amp away from home now while I got my Bandit.
     
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    Shhhhhh, it doesn't count if its only 12 options and 3 of them are not usable (I'm looking at you especially "nu-metal")
     
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    Congrats. Nice little amp, I bought one for my granddaughter.
     
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    I love mine, and it basically lives on the blackface setting with delay+reverb. Great little bedroom amp.
     
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    Nice rig!
     
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    I got a PJB Double Four to travel and play bass but I have admittedly played guitar through it. I have a 2nd grade nephew who plays drums so how could I pass up that opportunity to jam? When a 7 year old says “can we rock?” you gotta rock. But I bring a preamp and OD pedal because the EQ is less than ideal for guitar. Maybe I’ll get a travel guitar amp but no rush.
     
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    One of the guys in our band use to gig with something similar. He would just mike it up into the p.a. and it worked fine for him. It was simple and to the point.
     
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    Great little amp.
    I've got one in my living room.
    I've got it set to the Champ setting with the delay/reverb effects setting on.
    I bought it used,but mint for $75 Canadian.
    It's already payed for itself a few times over.
     
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    Congrats on a cool lil amp! Love mine (I too stay in BF territory with pedals). Enjoy!
     
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    Congrats- Champion series are geat amps
     
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