David discusses this amp in a 1988 [*Guitar World* interview](http://www.guitarworld.com/pink-floyds-david-gilmour-discusses-his-technique-and-gear-1988-guitar-world-interview) saying "I use a Boss Heavy Metal distortion pedal and a Boss digital delay pedal, which then goes into the Fender Super Champ."more
"his favourite new amp, as heard on the solo of Bargain Of The Century, is a Fender Super Champ XD (249 – it’s a valve amp but it comes equipped with onboard digital effects, handy for imitating many of the other tones showcased on the record)." - [*Guitar-Bass.net*](http://www.guitar-bass.net/news/albert-hammond-jr-how-to-sound-like-albert-hammond-gfc-guitar-technique/).more
GC: The leads for "Alone" off of Hand It Over sounded a little bit different. Can you describe the tone you got for that and how you got it? Mascis: "Alone" had a lot of effects. I think a lot of it is the LoveTone Meatball and the Ibanez AD9 delay from the same era as the Tube Screamers everybody liked. GC: Was there any direct recording on that? Mascis: The first solo at the beginning is out of the back of the Fender Super Champ amp direct.more
I have owned the blonde wrapped version of this amp for several years now. I currently use it as my practice amp, but have to attenuate it when i play it in my apt in Hollyweird, CA. My upstairs neighbor must have a six sense about her, because as soon as I plug one of my guitars in, she is at my door asking to respect her "hearing" condition. I can barely here the speaker my self.... haha.
I really don't utilize the digital voicing section (there are 16 on this amp) very often, but they seem usable enough to work on ideas. I swapped the stock speaker for a Patriot Ragin Cajun a few years back, and will probably swap it out for something else when I have the time. Either that or build a twin speaker cabinet for it..... Any suggestions?
This amp was a good purchase for me, and I will probably keep it around for awhile longer.
This is the Fender Super Champ with a Taylor T5 going through an Ibanez TS-9. I use this amp for its clean channel, which has that classic Fender sound with a tiny footprint. Until I can afford a Deluxe Reverb, this does just fine. And living in NYC where we carry our gear everywhere, this amp is just about perfect.
Your basic channel is classic clean Fender, takes pedals well, no complaints there. A few of the 'drive' channels are worth looking at; I particularly enjoy the low-gain Blackface and Tweed models, but the high-gain metal stuff is weak in the way most Fender products tend to be, and the 'Jazz' setting is just too much low end. The effects are also a mixed bag; the standouts are the Tremolo and Vibratone settings that are quite stunning, but a little part of me is dying inside as I tell you that this Fender amp is kind of lacking reverb. If you've got a pallete of effects pedals to work with, this is money well spent for a bedroom/studio amp; if you're looking for all-in one, you're better off looking elsewhere
The sound of this amp on the clean channel is lovely. I don't use the second channel with amps simulation and either the effects because I use pedals. I changed the stock Fender Speaker for an Eminence Red Coat and the change was extraordinaire. The amp is louder and the sound of the speaker is better than the stock one. A change that should be considered.
The Fender Super Champ XD is a hybrid amp with one 12AX7 and 2 6L6 but include effects like reverb, delay, chorus etc and so needs solid state inside. Actually, the first channel is a beautiful fender clean tone and i think it's a full-tube circuit unlike the second one. There's only a volume pots and bass and treble pots are common to both channels, the second one gets a gain and a 16 positions one to choose between famous amps modulations. Tones quality are very unequal and I choose the clean sound ! Effects are nice but sometimes a bit synthetical (chorus reverb) or limited because of the way it works : there is an unique pots to determine level and when you use tremolo or delay, you'd need a second one to adjust speed. However, the second 'F/X' pots gives you only 16 positions (like amp modulations) so there are 3 speed presets for tremolo and delay for example. To conclude, it's a very nice amp in order to play at home and even with friends in a band. It works well with modulation pedals like analogical chorus, and with overdrives too, however it doesn't sound great with high distorsions. Surprisingly, they work better on the second channels ... Actually I would say it's a great base for vintage distorsions. A Fuzz Face with mid-gain sounds really great if you find the tone that fit with your gear ;-) A nice fender amp with perfectible details !