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Fender Eric Clapton Signature EC Tremolux 12W 1x12 Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Combo Amp
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      Fender Eric Clapton Signature EC Tremolux 12W 1x12 Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Combo Amp (H78278)

A special model with several distinctive features including a fixed bias for increased headroom.

In a historic collaboration, Fender introduces its first artist signature amplifiers-EC Series amps bearing the name of legendary guitarist Eric Clapton.

1950s-era Deluxe and Tremolux amps are prized for the warm, rich compressed tones of blues and early rock 'n' roll. Clapton often uses a Deluxe when playing traditional blues, and Fender has answered his call for a special model with several distinctive features by introducing the EC Tremolux amp. Built to Clapton's own exacting specifications and handmade in the United States, it's a fascinating variation on the '57 Deluxe designed with a '50s-era output tube bias tremolo (which produced a more throbbing pulse than later Fender tremolo circuits) and a switchable power attenuator (reduces speaker output). A pinnacle of personally inspired amp tone for stage and studio alike, it's a must for Clapton fans and guitarists who want the ultimate in tube performance.

Features include hand-wired all-tube circuitry on eyelet board with premium components; circuit based on late-'50s Fender Deluxe amp model 5E3 (about 12 watts); single channel with high-gain and low-gain inputs; tremolo speed control and footswitch; fixed bias for increased headroom; single 12" Celestion® Heritage G12-65 speaker for increased high-gain playing definition; two Groove Tubes® 6V6GT output tubes, three 12AX7 preamp tubes and 5Y3GT rectifier tube; Mercury Magnetics custom transformers; internal speaker disconnect (allows use of external 8-ohm speaker enclosure); finger-joined solid pine enclosure for warm, resonant tone; lacquered tweed covering with vintage-style brown/gold grille cloth and leather strap handle. Deluxe fitted cover included.

Fender Eric Clapton Signature EC Tremolux 12W 1x12 Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Combo Amp Features:

  • Hand-wired all-tube circuitry on eyelet board; premium components throughout
    Circuit based on late 1950s 5E3 Fender Deluxe amp - produces about 12 Watts
    Single channel with two inputs — high and low — gain inputs
    Bias Tremolo with speed control and footswitch
    Fixed Bias for increased headroom
    Celestion Heritage G12-65 speaker for increased definition with high-gain playing
    Two Groove Tubes™ 6V6GT output tubes, three 12AX7 preamp tubes, and 5Y3GT rectifier tube
    Custom transformers by Mercury Magnetics
    Switchable output power attenuator — reduces the speaker's output if desired
    Disconnectable internal speaker — allows use of external 8 Ohm speaker enclosure
    Finger—joined solid pine cabinet resonates with a warm, woody tone
    Genuine lacquered tweed covering with vintage brown/gold grille cloth and leather strap handle
    Deluxe fitted cover is included
    Hand made in Corona, California, US

Fender Eric Clapton Signature EC Tremolux 12W 1x12 Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Combo Amp Specifications:

  • Model Name: EC Tremolux™
    Series: Custom
    Voltage: 120V
    Wattage: 12 watts
    Inputs: 1 (High input) and 2 (Low input)
    Power Handling: 12 watts
    Rectifier: 5Y3GT rectifier tube
    Controls: Volume, Tone, Speed, Output
    Cabinet Material: Solid Pine cabinet
    Handle: Leather Strap Handle
    Grill Cover: Tweed covering and vintage-style brown/gold grille cloth
    Amplifier Depth: 9.5" (24.1 cm)
    Amplifier Width: 20" (50.8 cm)
    Amplifier Height: 16.75" (42.5 cm)
    Amplifier Weight: 25 lbs. (11.4 kg)
    Speaker Description: 12”, 65 Watt Celestion® Heritage G12-65 speaker
    Speaker: 12”, 65 Watt Celestion® Heritage G12-65 speaker
    Impedance: 8 Ohms
    Pre Amp Tubes: 3 x 12AX7A
    Power Tubes: 2 x 6V6

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  • The EC Tremolux exceeded my expectations!

    As reviewed by WILLIAM ALBRECHT on 7/6/2012

    After picking up the EC Tremolux last week at GC I finally took it out to play in a live situation. At 25 lbs it's a breeze to carry. I took it to a local jam that can tend to get a bit loud. I needed to know whether this 12 watt amp could cut it volume wise being put in that situation. I must say that I was thrilled with the amps performance. It blew me away how good it sounded and still could give more. It can get pretty loud. Had the volume on 4 for most of the night. Yes, it could use a bit more headroom but at that volume it was still clean with some dirt on it. Before that I had been playing it only in my house and it was dry sounding, but still warm and sweet. I worried that I might need some reverb when out on a stage but that wasn't an issue at all. The amp just sang. Of course it also didn't hurt that I was using a Clapton strat with it. After watching and listening to every Youtube video of the amp (and there are some pretty bad ones...including Fender's demo vids) the amp exceeded my expectations. It's a beautiful classic looking amp with a great build quality that I will have for a long time. The added attenuator, tube bias tremolo, fixed bias pot and Celestion speaker is a nice addition to the earlier original version of this amp. The sales crew at my local GC were also very accommodating with my purchase.

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  • Tremolux - is it a Tweed Deluxe?

    As reviewed by Gary Roland on 9/4/2013

    OK, first I want to state I am no tweed deluxe expert and to be honest I?ve owned a Weber 5E3 copy years ago. I just want to put in my two cents about this amp and in my view how it compares (or doesn?t) compare to a standard 5E3 circuit/layout. I?ve heard/read a lot of the tone of the tweed deluxe as well as often there is little clean headroom. I want to say I do not see this characteristic in the EC Tremolux. I do use pretty much all the time single coil guitars ( mostly a 62? Hot Rod Strat), but this amp has so much tone and stays warm, clean and full until around 8-9 on the dial (goes to 12). I heard/read on a 5E3 amp, it?s more like around 3- 4 on the dial. Also, on my past 5E3, it seemed to go from no sound too loud in the range of 1-2 on the volume, this amp doesn?t do that at all. Yes you can dig into it and make it thicker and some of the clean disappears, but normal playing on mine you are still in the warm thick clean area. It?s not blackface clean, it?s warmer thicker but still a clean sound. Kind of reminds me of the early Marshall clean sound. I am very surprised by this as that is not what I was expecting. I tried input #2 and as expected stays clean even farther up the dial. This amp has no problems cutting through the mix in gig settings. I think there are a couple of reasons for this, the first would be the amp is not a normal tweed deluxe bias?d amp (Fixed bias provides maximum headroom). I think this is the main reason for the amount of clean headroom. The second would be the speaker ? efficient ceramic Celestion Heritage G12-65. I am not complaining at all as I am used to cleaner amps (BF) so this is a good surprise and possibly not what everyone would expect out of this amp. This amp has such fantastic warmth and character and in total love of the sound. Also takes pedals fantastic as well. The attenuator really cuts the power, I would only use it for quite bedroom playing or recording as it really cuts the power and with that you lose the entire amp experience (speaker and cabinet) reaction. Oh and I LOVE the tremolo! I also have the EC Vibro Champ, a fantastic amp for what it is, but can?t be compared the Tremolux, they are more than oranges and apples in difference.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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  • Classic Fender sound

    As reviewed by James Escaja on 12/10/2013

    First, don't be fooled by the advertised (about 12 watts) power rating as this little bugger kicks #%S big time. The amp just exudes top notch quality and workmanship. Played this amp at several gigs, including a couple of outdoor events during the past year with my Fender American standard telecaster maple neck and Fender 1962 Stratocaster R.I. and when cranked up to 8-9, it just growels like a caged animal, the volume does go up to 12... If you want to just mic this amp, it does have an attenuator switch that cuts the power to 6 watts so that you can keep stage volume low for your fellow bandmembers. Using effects pedals with the EC Tremolux is like putting utters on a bull, i.e., anything that you add will detract from the super sweet sounds eminating from the amp. At times, I have even plugged my acoustic Martin 00028EC into this amp and it still sounds awesome. The tremelo is a bit much, but it is what it is, so if you don't want it, just don't switch it on. Overall, by far the best sounding amp that I ever played hands down.

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