Fender Pawn Shop Special Excelsior 13W 1x15 Tube Guitar Combo Amp Brown

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The Fender Pawn Shop Special Excelsior 13W 1x15 model is undoubtedly one of the most distinctive tube combo amps in Fender history. Its brown textured vinyl covering, smartly stylish œE grille design and bold crossed-swords front-panel badge convey a decidedly stately vibe with a marked air of cold war cool. To say nothing of its admirable tone and power. The 13-watt Excelsior elegantly encloses a single 15 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). Distinctive features include Instrument, Microphone and Accordion inputs that each have individually optimized circuitry; tremolo circuit with speed control, bright/dark tone switch (for treble or bass emphasis), volume control and 1/4 internal speaker disconnect that lets the amp drive an external speaker enclosure. The Excelsior is perfect for playing at home, smaller gigs and studio sessions. Bring a fresh and unconventional new vibe to your playing.

Features
  • 13-Watts
  • Single 15 Special Design speaker on Brown version, 15" Eminence Legend on all others
  • 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
  • Instrument, Microphone and Accordion inputs each with individually optimized circuitry
  • Tremolo circuit with speed control
  • Bright/dark tone switch (for treble or bass emphasis)
  • Volume control
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FenderPawn Shop Special Excelsior 13W 1x15 Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.1

(based on 19 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

A lot of potential!

Stock of the rack this amp, while a very good deal does have some limitations. I found the highs to be a bit shrill and though this would undoubtedly get better over time,...Read complete review

Stock of the rack this amp, while a very good deal does have some limitations. I found the highs to be a bit shrill and though this would undoubtedly get better over time, the tone seemed unbalanced and erratic at different volumes. With that said I've found the main issues choking the tone and life out of this amp is the stock 15" Special Design speaker. This is certainly one of the places fender cut corners to get this amp in the price range that makes it attractive as a practice/beginner tube amp. I replace the stock speaker with a vintage JBL D-130, which along with the smaller D-120 are the best guitar amp speakers ever IMO. I also changed out the low dollar Chinese tubes with high quality vintage NOS RCA (6V6GT) and Mullard (12ax7) tubes. This amp is now on par with amp I've ever played! The tone of the amp has gone from passable and kinda cool to rivaling any high dollar amp on the market. She's super dynamic now, breaks up early with a throaty, saggy yet smooth drive with humbuckers. Plenty of twangy headroom that doesn't start to really bite until just past high noon. It's easy to accomplish a wide array of tones from SRV to AC/DC, ZZ Top and even Brian May with the mods done. The alternate inputs add even more flexibility in tonality. This amp really does have great bones and the tremolo is very usable too, but jus the same nothing to write home about. Hard to say how she'll hold up, I've only had her 6 months, but there are no issues yet and I've been pushing this one quite a bit. A good friend (a pro jock) has gigged it a number of times in some small to medium sized venues after falling in love with her after a short jam at my place. He's been overly impressed and I'm in the process of making him one like mine. I love the vintage look. Handle is solid as a rock and the fit and finish are very good, but the plastic logo on the front is super cheese X way too much! I took it off and replaced it with a vintage style classic fender amp badge. Much nicer now and the holes lined up just right. For the $$$ I would not hesitate to recommend this amp as it is stock.

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Rattle and buzz

Nice looks, decent sound with appropriate pedals and tweaking BUT many of these have a distressing rattle and buzz (especially on D notes). Seems to be a common problem (google excelsior rattle)...Read complete review

Nice looks, decent sound with appropriate pedals and tweaking BUT many of these have a distressing rattle and buzz (especially on D notes). Seems to be a common problem (google excelsior rattle) and Fender hasn't seen fit to address it. Too bad, this would be a chance for them to show us all what kind of company they really are. I will keep this for a practice amp for now, but I wish it was actually worth it's low price.

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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great amp...but

By Joshua Daunt

from Flint

Comments about Fender Pawn Shop Special Excelsior 13W 1x15 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

I love this amp. Was exactly what I was looking for. Turned up to about 3 o'clock on the volume dial gave great tube breakup and mixed really well with the SuperChamp XD that I run in stereo with it. Incredible tone and just really nice kind of fuzzy distortion. But, on mine and the other one in my local GC store, on D notes-and not even all D notes, just some-with the volume up past halfway there was a more than just noticeable metallic rattle sound. I investigated best I could before taking it back (and talked with others on some online forums who experienced similar issues) and tracked it down to something inside the upper chasis. Not all of them have this from what I've read online, but the 2 I've played have and I'm really hoping the one that's being shipped to me doesn't, because I really like the tone and breakup of this amp. Plus it looks cool.

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Cool Little Amp

By stephen mcclellan

from Vallejo, CA.

Comments about Fender Pawn Shop Special Excelsior 13W 1x15 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

Got this to replace a frontman 25r and honestly, I wasn't expecting much more than a practice amp. WRONG! This amp lives up to it's promises...volume enough to do small venues, warm rich tone, easy to use. It lets the tone control on your guitar do it's job, gets that tube breakup going at about two thirds volume...perfect for me. If you play metal you probably won't like this amp, but for classic rockers and blues players this amp rocks!

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A lot of potential!

By Rich Oldhafer

from Los Angeles, CA

Comments about Fender Pawn Shop Special Excelsior 13W 1x15 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

Stock of the rack this amp, while a very good deal does have some limitations. I found the highs to be a bit shrill and though this would undoubtedly get better over time, the tone seemed unbalanced and erratic at different volumes. With that said I've found the main issues choking the tone and life out of this amp is the stock 15" Special Design speaker. This is certainly one of the places fender cut corners to get this amp in the price range that makes it attractive as a practice/beginner tube amp. I replace the stock speaker with a vintage JBL D-130, which along with the smaller D-120 are the best guitar amp speakers ever IMO. I also changed out the low dollar Chinese tubes with high quality vintage NOS RCA (6V6GT) and Mullard (12ax7) tubes. This amp is now on par with amp I've ever played! The tone of the amp has gone from passable and kinda cool to rivaling any high dollar amp on the market. She's super dynamic now, breaks up early with a throaty, saggy yet smooth drive with humbuckers. Plenty of twangy headroom that doesn't start to really bite until just past high noon. It's easy to accomplish a wide array of tones from SRV to AC/DC, ZZ Top and even Brian May with the mods done. The alternate inputs add even more flexibility in tonality. This amp really does have great bones and the tremolo is very usable too, but jus the same nothing to write home about. Hard to say how she'll hold up, I've only had her 6 months, but there are no issues yet and I've been pushing this one quite a bit. A good friend (a pro jock) has gigged it a number of times in some small to medium sized venues after falling in love with her after a short jam at my place. He's been overly impressed and I'm in the process of making him one like mine. I love the vintage look. Handle is solid as a rock and the fit and finish are very good, but the plastic logo on the front is super cheese X way too much! I took it off and replaced it with a vintage style classic fender amp badge. Much nicer now and the holes lined up just right. For the $$$ I would not hesitate to recommend this amp as it is stock.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Amp, Great Vibe

By MIKE ROGERS

from Toledo, Ohio

Comments about Fender Pawn Shop Special Excelsior 13W 1x15 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

This amp does exactly what you'd expect, and it does it well. It's not meant for certain types of music. Those that complain, obviously didn't do their homework. The only thing lacking is a reverb unit.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Harp Amp

By James Hitt

from Woodburn, Iowa

Comments about Fender Pawn Shop Special Excelsior 13W 1x15 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

Got this amp to play harp on. Was the first amp the salesman recomended for harp, and it only took plugging in the Mic and adding a harp. I was sold. It sounds great with the harp, pics up all the nuances and not tinny. Great throaty sound that really rocks with harmonica. May not be loud enough for gigging out of the box, but could be mic'ed or modded. Regardless, great sound with the harp. Exactly what I was looking for.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Solid amp

By John Kasinecz

from columbus OH

Comments about Fender Pawn Shop Special Excelsior 13W 1x15 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

I first played this amp a few weeks ago. It sounds great at low volumes and has that solid tube grit at high volumes. The tremolo on this amp is one of the best sounding trem's I have ever heard. If you're looking for a good practice amp this guy is it, but be weary, if you play rock or anything that a drummer is going to be hitting hard on it will not keep up in terms of volume. It will need to be miced at about any venue you could play at.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Amp, Need Minor Upgrades

By Lazaro Zarate

from Los Angeles, CA

Comments about Fender Pawn Shop Special Excelsior 13W 1x15 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

I bought this amp about 2 months ago, its a great little tube amp which has a lot of potential, with a couple upgrades it could be a $500 amp. Whats really great about this amp is the 15inch speaker and the fact thats its 13watts which could really be a 15watt like the blues jr series. I would say if you were to buy this amp that you may want to swap the speaker out for a better one and the stock tubes that come with it. Overall its great tube amp for home, in the studio, or small gigs.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great entry level tube amp

By michael moore

from Fairview, Oregon

Comments about Fender Pawn Shop Special Excelsior 13W 1x15 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

My brother called me and told me he wanted one of these and to tell you the truth when I watched some of the You Tube videos I wasn't too impressed, then I heard one that had new tubes in it and It sounded pretty good. I got a online coupon from Guitar Center in my email and went down to try one out and after blasting the store out (no master volume)I decided to buy one. when I got the amp home I plugged it into my attenuator and started playing and testing different tubes in the amp because to me it sounded like it had too much gain going into the power tubes and was really overloading them in a way that wasn't very pleasing especially when boosting the amp with an overdrive pedal, after trying a few preamp tubes I setteled on a 12ay7/6072 in the second position, this made it sound way better and cleared it's voice up quite a bit. then I put some new GT6V6R tubes in it and the it really sounded good, I'm going to do a few more things to it like either jump or remove the Sag Resistors to tighten the amp up ( sorry all you tube rectifier guys )and make it track with my picking better and maybey replace the speaker. I think for the price this is one heck of a deal on a sleeper amp that has the potential to sound like a 50 watt Marshall when dialed in .

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

What an Absolute Fabulous Amp

By Paul Zeitlin

from Annapolis, Md

Comments about Fender Pawn Shop Special Excelsior 13W 1x15 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

I'd give it five stars, but did wish it had reverb or tone controls (besides dark/light). Honestly, I didn't care until everyone else mentioned it. As for the amp. WOW. Blown away. For the price, how can you beat it. It reminds me of the old fender tweed amps when I was growing up. I like the fact it is heavy and feels like a real piece of equipment. The sound is nice and warm and really makes the Strat mellow (on the dark setting). I get a warm fuzzy in my stomach when playing this amp. Nice headroom, It's probably about 6 o'clock before you start getting any breaking overdrive. From there, it comes quick. Finding clean tones, particularly at a higher volume is tough. But I find rolling back the volume/tone controls on the guitar works really well for that. Someone mentioned a third tone setting - in between the other two. It works and does provide a slightly different color. Blows away my VOX VT20+ modeling amp and for the price, it really is tough to beat.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great little amp

By Andrew Schaefer

from Athens, GA

Comments about Fender Pawn Shop Special Excelsior 13W 1x15 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

As a bassist that likes to play the guitar, this amp suits my purposes perfectly. The tube distortion you can get is great, and the amp can get surprisingly loud for how low the wattage is. Don't be fooled by the 13W power rating. With the tubes and the 15" speaker, this little monstrosity can throw out a surprising amount of sound. I love that it only has one real knob, being "Volume". This shows that Fender spent time making sure the tone of the amp is up to standard and that it's good enough that you don't need to mess with it. And honestly, I think it does sound great. I love the tone of this amp, and the bright/dark switch really turns this into two amps. Love this amp, and have only had other people tell me how much they love the amp as well. Fender has done a solid job on this amp, and on the pawn shop series as a whole.

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