This week I thought I’d write about one of the amplifier heads that I know very little of, from one of the companies I know the most about. Confused? Welcome to my world. The Fender Super Champ X2 head is 15 watt tube amplifier head that offers something most other amplifier heads in this article series don’t (or can’t)—voicing. What is voicing? One thing is for sure, it’s got less to do with vocals than you may think.
If you’ve never read anything from my website before, please don’t take too much of what I say seriously. You’ll quickly become uninformed.
Voicing (seriously now) allows you to dial in the particular tone from another amplifier type and/or setup. On the Super Champ X2 for example you can dial in the tone from amps such as Metal, Tweed, Black Face, Hot Rod and more. When coupled with the regular controls this amplifier contains, the tonal opportunities become near-endless. Speaking of regular controls, let’s see what this amplifier contains.
- 15 watts (class AB)
- 1 x 12AX7 pre amp tube
- 2 x 6V6 power tubes
- Two channels (foot switchable)
- Built-in effects (Vibratone, Delay, Chorus, Tremolo)
- Effects control knob
- 2 x volume controls
- Gain control
- Treble and Bass control
- Voicing control knob
That’s a big and impressive list. Obviously words are one thing. But what does the amplifier sound like? Well, according to my opinion of this official Fender YouTube Super Champ X2 video, it sounds awesome! I’m not alone in that opinion either it seems. The Tone King also did a review and he seems to like the amplifier head.
I have to say, the voicing and the built-in effects are a huge advantage to this kind of amplifier head. It’s almost combining the best of the old technologies with the best of the new technologies. This could be the amplifier that provides you with the tone of several dream amplifiers. It’s almost like the amplifier emulators I love so much on iOS. But in a real amp. A real amp powered by real tubes! Perfect.
If only I could find out how much it costs in Australia! I’m sure someone will tell me. Right?
Disclaimer: I’ve not played through this head. I have not experienced the sound or tone of this head other than through video. That doesn’t matter. It looks awesome, it’s obviously played by winners and I want one.