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Fender Pawn Shop Excelsior Guitar Combo Amplifier (13 Watts, 1x15")

Turn heads and drop jaws with this vintage-style tube combo guitar amp from Fender. (5) Read 5 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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The Pawn Shop Special Excelsior is undoubtedly one of the most distinctive tube combo amps in Fender history. Its brown textured vinyl covering, smartly stylish "E" grille design, and bold crossed-swords front-panel badge convey a decidedly stately vibe, with a marked air of cold-war cool. Beneath its refined surface, the Excelsior harbors tube tones from polite to raw to raucous.

The 13-watt Excelsior elegantly encloses a single 15-inch Special Design speaker, with a bottom-loaded primary chassis and top-loaded control chassis for operating convenience and low noise. Powered by two 6V6 output tubes and two 12AX7 preamp tubes, the small-but-mighty Excelsior looks and sounds like a vintage-era Fender amp -- minus the time spent digging for buried treasure in dusty pawn shop.

Distinctive features include "guitar," "microphone" and "accordion" inputs with individually optimized circuitry; tremolo circuit with speed control, bright/dark tone switch (for treble or bass emphasis), volume control and 1/4-inch internal speaker disconnect that lets the amp drive an external speaker enclosure. For playing at home, smaller gigs and studio sessions, the Excelsior is a class act that brings a fresh and unconventional new vibe to your playing.

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- Amplifier Type: Tube
- Speaker: 15 in. Special Design Speaker
- Impedance: 8 ohms
- Power Tubes: 2 x 6V6
- Inputs :
- GTR Input
- MIC Input
- ACCORDION Input
- Controls:
- Volume
- Tremolo
- Bright/Dark Switch
- Height: 21 in. (53.34 cm)
- Width: 19.5 in. (49.5 cm)
- Depth: 9 in. (22.9 cm)
- Weight: 33 lbs. (15 kg)
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-488-1818
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Excelsior arrives 4/12/12."
Overall: This unit is heavy, about 35 lbs. It appears to have a wood construction and a particle-board baffle on which a large cheap-looking speaker is mounted. Nowhere on this unit is the word "Fender" to be found; the speaker is branded 'Excelsior'. There is no rear enclosure screen and the unit is accessible to dust, moth larvae, and here in Virginia, stink-bugs.The mechanical layout is logical and neat although cramped. The two chasses,upper and lower, would have to be removed to change the speaker. There appears to be some consideration by the manufacturer for wire routing and noise shielding.The unit appears to be an old PA amp such as were the original guitar amps used when I was a boy and like them has a guitar input and two other inputs suitable for PA use (record player, microphone,etc.).The design didn't cost Fender any money since dual 6V6 amps were considered state-of-the-art electronics in 1953 along with the Telecaster. Incidentally, the 6V6 is the best-sounding guitar tube ever made, not as harsh as the low-power 6BQ5 (EL84) or the high-power 6L6 (EL34) and this Excelsior amplifier natively captures the sound and ambiance of the saloon, smell of beer, Hank Williams music, and the magical Telecaster. In short, this amp provides the proverbial Fender sound more than any other I've heard since I was a kid. No small part of this sound comes from a great tremolo circuit and a stiff speaker which provides a remarkably high treble response for its size. I feel no attempts should be made to modify this amp since anything at all would destroy the Fender sound. Keep the kids away.
Style of Music: Adult music--pop-country-blues.
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"Retro looks, superb sound, great value"
Overall: I bought this amp after trying it in my local music shop. It had a lovely rich sound and looked great. However, since then, I have done a number of things including re-valving with JJ valves to replace the chinese ones, changing the speaker for an Eminence Legend and I have also substituted the (Dark-Bright) slider with a rotary knob.These changes made the amp absolutely superb. The tone pot mod gave me control over the (recognised) overly-bright treble of the slider and the overall sound is now second to none.My guitar is a copy 335 which had Epiphone pickups and, at low levels, the sound levels were massively increased. So much so that I pretty much couldn't use the amp in the house. However, I have just had a pair of Bare Knuckle "The Mule" pickups fitted and, unbelievably, the sound is now even more rich and incredibly clear/articulate but much more manageable. For me, I now have almost the most perfect sound I could wish for! I play blues mostly and this amp is just ace for this genre.Overall cost works out at about 360/370 including the speaker, valves and mod parts. How cheap is that for an excellent valve amplifier!
Style of Music: Blues, Blues/rock
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