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New Amps From Jackson Ampworks

The Fullerton and the Bakersfield are both takes on Classic Fender amps.
The Fullerton add a bunch of controls to enable covering Blackface and Tweed sounds as well as a full 6G15 reverb circuit in the amp. The McFly is a take on a tweed amp and the Bakersfield is a take on the Twin reverb but tightened up a bit.
The Britain 30’s power scaling really sounds good for getting cranked tones at low volume.

Fender Pawn Shop Special Ramparte Review

Fender has another new amplifier, the Ramparte Guitar Amp. This is a new amp in the Fender Pawn Shop line. It’s a 9 watt single ended all tube amp. It uses a single 6L6 power tube and 2 12AX7 preamp tubes. It has two channels and each channel has it’s own volume control. No other controls are to be found. There is no EQ, reverb, effects loop…tremolo…and if you’re thinking of something else, it probably doesn’t have that either. One thing that would have been nice is a switch to change channels but that’s a small thing.

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One channel is called “Cool” and it’s the clean channel. The other “Hot” channel is for overdrive. I’m guessing the “Hot” channel adds another tube gain stage to get more overdrive compared to the “Cool” channel. With each channel just having a volume control, it’s rare that you see a two channel amp with such simple controls. It’s a nice change of pace that shows if the amp is designed right you don’t need a bunch of knobs to get your tone. The Ramparte is bare bones as knobs and switch go but there are still many tones you can get from it. It’s more of an amplifier that lends it self to being manipulated by the controls on the guitar. Turn your guitar volume down a bit for cleans and crank it up for dirt.

There are not many “big bottle” single ended amps out there so this is somewhat unique. Most manufactures would build a small push pull amp, something with two 6V6s for example, before a single 6L6 so that’s a unique niche he Ramparte fills. Single ended amps have their own particular sound so it’s nice that it’s available above the 5 watt level. While a 5 watt single ended amplifier can be loud, Aat 9 watts the Ramparte would probably be more suitable for small gigs, maybe even with a drummer.

It uses a single 12 inch speaker which is also a bit different than most single ended amps you see in stores. You usually find smaller 8 or 10 inch speakers so a 12″ is a nice feature.

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The look of the amp is pure vintage. It’s not necessarily vintage Fender but vintage none the less. The two tone fabric covering actually reminds me of a vintage HiFi probably more than a guitar amp. It really look like something you might find in your grandparents living room.

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Here’s the promo video. It sounds pretty good I think. From this video I may prefer the cleans over the overdrive.

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Fender Champion 100 Review

I have to admit that I’m a fan of Fender Blackface tones. The Fender Blackface amps are the amps made by fender in the 60s. The amps were produced in various wattages, from 5 watts up to the extremely loud and heavy Twin Reverb at 100 watts. These amps today are very desirable and command relatively high prices if you were to buy one today. Lucky for the rest of us Fender has some really nice alternatives that you can buy today for a fraction of what one of those classic amps from 50 years ago will cost.

One of these new amps is the Fender Champion 100.
It borrows its name from a small amp Fender made back in the 50’s but the Champion 100 is all modern. Unlike a tube amp, it’s lightweight and really affordable for those on a tight budget. Even so, it packs 100 watts and two 12 inch speakers so it’s powerful enough for about any gig.

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Easy to Use:

One of my main beefs with solid state amps or modeling amps is that they try to jam every feature and tone shaping option possible into the control panel and the result is a confusing amp that is not easy to deal with in real life playing situations.

The Fender Champion 100 has a little extra compared to an amp like a Fender Twin but it’s laid out in a clean way so you can dial in your tones without a bunch of fussing with knobs.

Two Channels:

There are two channels and they are laid out in a way that will seem familiar to anyone who has used a Fender Blackface or Silverface amp.

The first channel is designed to sound like a classic Fender Twin Reverb and does a good job in producing nice Blackface tones. Like a Blackface amp this channel has the familiar Volume, Bass and Treble controls. Where is differs from a Blackface amp is that it also includes a FX Level and FX select knobs. The effects you can choose from include the classic Fender Reverb as well as Delay/Echo, Chorus, Tremolo and Vibratone.

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The second channel adds a few more options but in a straightforward way. One of the first things you’ll notice is that there is a Gain knob in addition to the Volume knob. The Gain knob will allow you to dial up some dirty tones to go along with the clean sounds in the first channel.

The other difference is that the second channel adds a voice control. This allows you to change the amp voicing to get, for example, a british tone. Blackface amps are known for a scooped mid tone but with the voicing control you can experiment with a variety of other sounds.

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And there’s More:

The Fender Champion 100 an effects loop so you can incorporate your favorite outboard effects or pedals into you rig. The effects loop puts the effects after the preamp and before the power amp.

There is also a auxiliary input so you can plug in some sort of media player for practicing with backing tracks as well as a headphone jack for late night practicing. The amp also comes with a foot switch.

All in all it’s a really nice amp that offers a lot of Fender Tone and Value for not that much money.

Buy the Fender Champion 100