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

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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 ar... Read More

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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
 
4.7

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5.0

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

By Reivaj

from Madrid, Spain

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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.

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    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.

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      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.

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      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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      3.0

      tremolo for the ages

      By Garry Hanna

      from mcminnville oregon

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

      I have chased the tone of the 5e3 circuit for years, this one has it pretty well nailed but at the price of a boutique amp. I don't think the price will be around long if fender wants these to sell. think about the fact that an original delux can be found and recapped and tubed for a similar price, and will continue to climb in price. the tremolo is VERY HEAVY, but can be clicked off. At setting 1 I was in Dick Dale territory and beyond 1 I was looking to get back to clicked off again. Not a tremolo guy, If you want extreme tremolo, this could be your amp. the tremolux name is appropriate, for sure. A nice amp, not one I will own.

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      5.0

      EC Signature

      By Jeff Brown

      from Tulsa, Oklahoma

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

      What a great vibrato and tone! This epitomizes what the blues guitar should sound like.

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