Fender Excelsior 13 Watt 1x15" Tube Combo AmpItem ID: Excelsior
13-watt 1 x 15" Boutique-style Tube Combo Guitar Amplifier with Three Individually Optimized Inputs and Tremolo Circuit
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Old-school Vibe, Boutique ToneThe FENDER® Pawn Shop Excelsior combo amp has to be one of the more distinctively boutiquey guitar amps we've seen. With 13 watts of 6V6 power and a 15" Special Design speaker, the Excelsior sports a brown textured vinyl covering, an unusual E-shaped grille design, and a delightfully bizarre crossed-swords front-panel badge. The Excelsior has three inputs - guitar, mic, and accordion - each with individually optimized circuitry. A tremolo circuit (with speed control) and a bright/dark tone switch complete the featureset. If you're in the mood for something "different," you've found it - Fender's Pawn Shop Excelsior.
Fender Pawn Shop Excelsior Combo Guitar Amp at a Glance:
Everything about the Fender Pawn Shop Excelsior combo amp shouts "different." With its delightfully eccentric styling, you won't see yourself coming and going very often. Then, there's the sound. There again, Fender's whipped up something rather tasty and unique.
The Fender Pawn Shop Excelsior is fitted with two 6V6s driving a 15" - with a trem circuit and bright/dark switch along for the ride. Among guitarists, fifteens have a fiercely loyal, almost cult-ish following. You get sonic magic with that massive cone flapping about - especially when driven with a lower-wattage tube amp with a bit of sag. Add a whole new dimension to this already-awesome amp: hook it up to an extension cabinet and get ready to be amazed. If you haven't had the pleasure, you really have to experience this for yourself.
Juice your tone with a boutiquey vibe
One of the things that separates us guitarists from other musicians is our appreciation for real analog. Analog tone circuits, sure - but also good old-fashioned mechanics. The physical interaction of a valve amp with a speaker cone. Fender gets it (of course they do) - that's why they design and build such wonderful tone candy. Add a fresh, unconventional vibe to your music with the Fender Pawn Shop Excelsior.
Fender Pawn Shop Excelsior Combo Guitar Amp Features:
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Marcy, Saint Louis, MO
Reviewsbased on 26 reviews
Huge tone, small price.
by Thrillhouse from United StatesI am absolutely blown away by this amp. For only $300 you get 13 all-tube watts and a 15 inch speaker. That alone would be enough to justify purchasing this amp but, as a bonus, you also get really ... read more [+]fantastic tone and a fun, funky throw-back look.
April 25, 2013
Music Background: Multi-Instrumentalist, Amateur Audio Engineer/Mixer
I saw another review call the tone from this amp "raunchy" and that is the perfect word to describe it. It has a nice gritty character to the distortion that is just great for old school rock/blues.
Clean tones are not really this amp's forte but with some careful volume control on the amp and volume/tone control on the guitar, it's in there to be found (just don't expect traditional Fender cleans because you aren't going to find them).
Also, there is no real EQ section to speak of (only a bright switch) so you're somewhat limited in regards to tone but at this price who cares if it only does one sound? It does it so well I am positive you wouldn't want it to do anything else anyway.
I am shocked Fender is selling these at this price. Once word gets around about these, they'll be gone. Get one while you can if you want amazing, true tube overdrive for only slightly more than a boutique overdrive/distortion pedal. close [-]
Get one while you can.
by James Reeves from Claude, TXThis is a lot of amp for the money. While it does not have an EQ, or separate treble, middle, and bass knobs, it has great tone that can be shaped by the "Bright/Dark" switch, the volume control, and... read more [+] the controls on your guitar. It has a cool, raspy voice that starts clean and goes to overdrive with ease. I can't add much to what others have said here. It is a "boutique" amp for the price of a common amp. I saw a video of the NAMM show in Cali, and the Fender rep said they are only making a limited number of these before they move on to something else for their "Pawn Shop" series of amps. So... get one while they are still available. close [-]
April 20, 2013
Music Background: Hobbyist. Play in Church.
by Bruce Dolberry from Murfreesboro, TN UsaWow! This old school amp cooks the blues baby! I own several tube amps. Some very expensive high brand name amps. This is a great little amp to practice on or gig with it you add some reverb and a goo... read more [+]d overdrive pedal to it. I was very impressed with the FAT tone you get with a '15 inch speaker. If your lokking for something a little different. This is your ticket! For $299. Every kid should start out with something like this. Its a real tube amp that will keep up with a band. close [-]
April 4, 2013
Music Background: Hobbyist and weekend warrior
READ THIS REVIEW...
by Sweet GA Brown from GeorgiaI was going to ramble on and on like a lot of people do, but I won't. I will just leave you with this...I played 2 sets the other night at a smaller venue, the first set I played solo acoustic (Martin... read more [+] D15 w/Fishman rare earth neo pickup) through my Excelsior....it's a better acoustic amp than most "acoustic" amps...Then the second set I played bass with a blues trio (old Yamaha bass through a vintage big-muff fuzz pedal) Now tell me what other amp can pull that off for 300 bucks?? When/if this one ever dies, I'll buy another one. I love it. close [-]
March 18, 2013
Music Background: recording engineer/ washed up punk rock legend turned Folk Rock cause I'm old and have responsibilities now
Happy with the Amp..
by Al B Blue from Nipomo, Ca.Great little amp. Would recommend it to my guitar playing friends
January 10, 2013
Music Background: Semi Pro Musician
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