Fender Eric Clapton Signature EC Tremolux 12W 1x12 Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Combo Amp Tweed 886830630248

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

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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.

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
  • 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
Specifications
  • Model Name: EC Tremolux
    Series: Custom
    Electronics
    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
    Hardware
    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)
    Speakers
    Speaker Description: 12", 65 Watt Celestion Heritage G12-65 speaker
    Speaker: 12", 65 Watt Celestion Heritage G12-65 speaker
    Impedance: 8 Ohms
    Tubes
    Pre Amp Tubes: 3 x 12AX7A
    Power Tubes: 2 x 6V6
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FenderEric Clapton Signature EC Tremolux 12W 1x12 Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.2

(based on 13 reviews)

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (8)
  • Easy to use (7)
  • Excellent sound (6)
  • Warm / comfy (6)
  • Good power output (3)

Cons

  • Limited functions (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (8)
  • Home studio (5)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
  • Professional recording (4)
  • Amateur recording (3)
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    • Experienced (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

EC Tremolux

I was lucky enough to get one of the early-runs and am very happy with this simple, straigtforward, touch-sensitve tone creature. At 25lbs, it will go with me to many more places than...Read complete review

I was lucky enough to get one of the early-runs and am very happy with this simple, straigtforward, touch-sensitve tone creature. At 25lbs, it will go with me to many more places than I'd take my heavier Deluixe Reverb.
Not too many to discuss - but by design............what there are ( volume / tone controls and tremolo) ...........all work fine.
The placement of foot switch plug and fuse is a little inconvenient and silly, but I will suffer through this.
Top notch looks, sound and feel, as you'd expect, as Fender brags about the use of top quality parts and hand-assembly.
A bit pricey, but if you've tried others, you may decide that the true tone is worth every penny. I did.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Disappointing

Fender claims this amp was based on the late 50s Deluxe amps. I happen to have one and have been looking for a replacement as i don't want to risk further damage to it...Read complete review

Fender claims this amp was based on the late 50s Deluxe amps. I happen to have one and have been looking for a replacement as i don't want to risk further damage to it running around to gigs. So I tried this amp out side by side with my deluxe, and there is no comparison. My almost 60 year old amp is cleaner sounding, has more punch, and is just overall a better amp. I messed with it for 30 minutes and could not get the tone I get so easily with my deluxe. It gets an okay dirty sound. But my blues jr is a better sounding amp than this and it's just 1/5 of the price. Definitely not worth the amount they are asking for. If it's the tweed you like, get a tweed blues jr. Really sad that fender couldn't make something of better quality, especially considering all the bragging I've seen from them about this series of amps.

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5.0

Great value.Holds up very well to my 2007 Tweed Deluxe CShop

By Reivaj

from Madrid, Spain

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

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

    Put 5751 in all preamp & tremolo tubes and it sounds just perfect. I haven't seen a proper demo of this amp, btw.
    It sounds very similar to my Fender Custom Shop 57 Deluxe, more headroom, overall louder, different character of the speaker (the 65 is really nice, didn't expect that in a fender amp) Tremolo option VS the Mic channel... That's pretty much it. The tremolo is very nice, the 5751 tube in it makes it a bit shallower than the factory 12AX7. It happens at the power stage and it's very throbby, very different to a pedal for sure (I used to have a 67 Champ and the power tube tremolo was in the same vein, it was its best feature btw).
    Bear in mind that I'm reviewing it as of with the 5751 tubes, 12AX7 tubes make it quite more aggressive. I like it this way better 'cause it's cleaner and very very Fenderish sounding, with my Strat it's THE Strat sound to me. Tweed-thick but clear, warm but glassy. Gorgeous.
    Other nice non fender amps I've had are Ampeg Jet-20 (based on a fender anyway) and hand wired Vox AC-15 wich had a lovely EF-86 channel, my favorite amp with the Les Paul for sure, gorgeous as well in a different humbuckerish way.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Amp!!

    By Marzjc

    from Illinois

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances

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

      I bought this and and changed out the tubes to Tungsol, really improved the overall sound. I haven't had any jobs that this amp couldn't handle. I play everything from Stax records to heavy rock, blues and country and haven't been disappointed yet. Don't let the hype of the cost sway your choice. Very reliable, been playing this since 2012 with no issues. Takes all pedal I though at it nicely. use with Tele or Strat with the same response. You could buy a copy 5E3boutique version by someone other than Fender and it will always be a copy. This is hand wired by Fender and retains all the Fender tones without being a copycat.

       
      5.0

      Does what's expected to

      By Reivaj

      from Spain

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

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

        First of all I haven't found an online demo of this amp that makes it half justice.
        I used to have a 57 Deluxe reissue for years. Then I moved on to a handwired Vox AC-15 that made my Les Paul sound stellar. The thing is I discovered I like Strats the best, specially the neck and ergonimics of the body; but mine (maple neck Nash) sounded a bit thin through the Vox. I have the Tremolux a try and I think I've found the perfect match now.
        Like a good 5E3 it makes the Strat sound FAT, but still clear, defined and chimy. It's a gorgeous and thick tone wich is the perfect balance in my book.
        The Tremolux sounds noticiably louder than the Fender 57 Deluxe I used to have even though the Deluxe had an AlNiCo Blue speaker and the G12 65 of the Tremolux is more ineficient (and even though mine is loaded with 3 5751 preamp valves, VS 1 12AY7 & 1 12AX7 in the Deluxe).
        With the attenuator/low power switch engaged it's still louder than a Tweed Champ but it doesn't mess with the tone, wich is a great feature.
        All in all this is a classy sounding amp, miles away from something like a Blues Jr. It's fat, warm, creamy and still chimy (at least with Fender style single coil pick ups).
        The overall construction is outstanding as well.
        By the way, people complaining at the EC factor in these are laughable. This EC series of amps have more features at the same price of the previous 57 series, talk is cheap.

        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        EC tremolux

        By Bluesman-Q4JaC

        from Ambridge, PA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Portable

        Cons

        • Poor Sound Quality

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances

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

        I tried this amp using a Fender Stratocaster sounded ok. Used Gibson Les Paul and sounded terrible, pickups overpowered the amp. It is a nice looking tweed, simple to use but the sound was just not there for me. I have a Fender 65 Princeton Reissue that sounds better to my ears. I tried the EC Twinolux and that amp sounded great.

        (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Disappointing

        By Bluesman355

        from Lilburn, GA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Portable

        Cons

        • Limited Functions
        • Poor Sound Quality
        • Weak

        Best Uses

        • Performances

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

        Fender claims this amp was based on the late 50s Deluxe amps. I happen to have one and have been looking for a replacement as i don't want to risk further damage to it running around to gigs. So I tried this amp out side by side with my deluxe, and there is no comparison. My almost 60 year old amp is cleaner sounding, has more punch, and is just overall a better amp. I messed with it for 30 minutes and could not get the tone I get so easily with my deluxe. It gets an okay dirty sound. But my blues jr is a better sounding amp than this and it's just 1/5 of the price. Definitely not worth the amount they are asking for. If it's the tweed you like, get a tweed blues jr. Really sad that fender couldn't make something of better quality, especially considering all the bragging I've seen from them about this series of amps.

        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Tone - says it all

        By SidM

        from NYC

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Portable

        Cons

        • Limited Functions

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

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

        Great in small clubs or anywhere when amp can be mic'd............

        (4 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Great amp for EC but not Me

        By Tucknfoldman

        from West Palm Beach, Florida

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Lightweight
        • Portable

        Cons

        • Expensive
        • Limited Functions
        • Weak

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

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

        Great amp with a great sound and great looks but way too expensive. Sure Clapton can afford this amp but not me. He probably gets paid to play it and we must pay to play.
        I saw, and heard the fender mustangIII compared to this amp and I was impressed. the price difference requires us non-touring Joe's to look at the Mustang III it is a much better deal in reliability, volume, repair and cost. If you must have a tube amp I like ampegs but the mustang III is a butt kicker and I will leave this amp for EC he has the deep pockets I do not.

        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Tremolux - is it a Tweed Deluxe?

        By Gary Roland

        from Iowa

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

        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.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Killer Fender Tweed Tone!

        By jester77

        from Wisconsin

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

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

          If you're a Clapton fan or not, this is one awesome amp. Pretty much a '57 Deluxe with lush vibrato and a Celestion Heritage speaker that really barks. Plug in a guitar and play, no pedals needed for killer Fender tweed tone. Has classic Fender tweed tone but can get dirty with the volume turned up or more aggressive playing. Controls are simple, volume, tone, and vibrato. Power attentuator is a nice touch that cuts the amp down to about 5 watts for recording use or at home. Came with a footswtich for the vibrato and an amp cover. Highly recommended for anyone looking for classic Fender Deluxe tone. Had a Blues Jr NOS tweed with a Jensen speaker that didn't even come close to the sound this amp puts out.

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          The EC Tremolux exceeded my expectations!

          By WILLIAM ALBRECHT

          from L.I., N.Y.

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

          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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