From the EMusician article "Fuzzy Logic-How the Kooks Mangled their Guitar Tones," Todd Burke (engineer) says Hugh Harris used a Fender Champion 600 for the recording of their album Konk: > Burke says the band also opted to leave their amp stacks at home. Harris’ go-to setup was a ’60s Fender Twin Reverb paired with either a WEM/Watkins Clubman or a Fender Champion 600.more
"I use that for a lot of my recordings. I like small amps for recording, because they don’t interfere with the bass frequencies like the bigger amps do sometimes. Since I use a multi-effects pedalboard with overdrive, I don’t need the channel switching and all that stuff, just a great basic Fender tone."more
Great little tube amp for not a lot of money. I picked it up to practice on and I bring it to any smaller gig when I don't want to lug the Deluxe around. The covering and grille are gorgeous, and its got the pure Fender clean sound you'd expect. You won't regret this purchase, and I doubt you'll ever sell it on.
I own two of these wonderful little Fender Champion 600 amps now. I just got these a couple of days ago so I'm still exploring their characteristics, but they sound great. I had reservations as, with the exception of my first amp (a Gorilla), I have always had an amplifier with reverb. It is a part of my sound, sometimes heavily drenched, other times a slight shimmer is all that's needed. Even though I would love to reverb with these, it doesn't actually bother me that it's not there. With the volume set at "2," they are about as loud as the guitar itself with no amp. Between "2" and "7" you get that perfect Fender clean sound. Full and lush. Turning the knob to around "8" is when the breakup starts to happen. It's a slight breakup that becomes wonderous and harmonically gritty the closer you get to the magic number "12." Which for those that care, is one louder than "11." Cranked all the way up you can still have a conversation and understand what they are saying, as well as not having to listen to the constant ringing for the rest of the day. My Hot Rod Deville 212...not so much. I bought two of them to be able to unlock the stereo aspect of my effects, and fill out the sound and aural presence during practice. So far I have only played direct (guitar to amp) but I will be hooking up my pedal board soon. I'll then know how they react with my pedals, but my guess is that they will be amazing with them. At 5W of class A sound these things are perfect for practice by yourself, recording, giving lessons, and I suppose maybe even a coffee shop performance, if you want it gritty sounding. \m/ Punk Rock Java Brewtality! \m/ That's mine by the way, I made that.
I bought this used as i wanted a good amp that i can bring with me when i go to see my girlfriend, i also wanted a good fender sounds as i just bought a fender stratocaster highway one. And it’s a great ringing Fender sound i end up using it more that my Peavey JSX as i really like the sound.
It takes pedals nicely and you can do great sounds with it.
If you found one of those reissue buy it buy it buy it, for the price of a pedal you’ll have a great little 5 Watts amps that you’ll don’t want to sell.
I have to say i changed the Grill cloth to let the music comes out more for a blond wheat one and it let the sounds comes out much better, i also changed the pre-amp tube for a soviet tung sol and it improved the sounds a lot, i will try JJ tubes later. But with like 50-60 $ investment you will have a really really good tubes amps.
If you can find one of these, pick it up. Two distinct phenomenal uses.
1st: Stock- as a recording amp- the versatility of sound is pretty wide, sparkling cleans, to full on grit, depending on your pick-ups. If close mic'd, it will not sound small in the mix.
2nd: with a 2x12 or 4x10 -4ohm speaker cab. it needs to be 4 ohms, but if you comply, when dimed it is l oud enough to play with a full rock band. Not as much headroom as a 40watt-plus amp, but just as loud. Insane really.