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Fender EC Twinolux 40W 2x12 Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Combo Amp  

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A fascinating variation on the tweed '57 Twin amp with a switchable power attenuator.

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

Built to the exacting specifications of Clapton himself, the EC Twinolux is a fascinating variation on the tweed '57 Twin amp and Fender's answer to his call for a special model with several distinctive features. Handmade in the United States with '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 and can disable one speaker for even lower output), it presents the pinnacle of personally inspired amp tone for stage and studio alike and is 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 Twin amp model 5E8-A (about 40 watts); single channel with high-gain and low-gain inputs; tremolo with speed and intensity controls (can be selected with included footswitch); dual Special Design 12" Weber speakers (by Eminence) with alnico magnets for dynamic, sensitive response; two Groove Tubes 6L6GE output tubes, four 12AX7 preamp tubes and two 5U4 rectifier tubes; Mercury Magnetics custom transformers; 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 5E8-A Fender Twin amp — produces about 40 Watts
  • Single channel with two inputs — high and low — gain inputs
  • Tremolo with speed and intensity controls and footswitch
  • Special Design 12" Weber speakers (built by Eminence) with Alnico magnet — for dynamic, sensitive response
  • Two Groove Tubes 6L6GE output tubes, four 12AX7 preamp tubes, and dual 5U4 rectifier tubes
  • Custom transformers by Mercury Magnetics
  • Switchable output power — Attenuator reduces the speakers' output if desired; one speaker can be switched "off" for even lower output performance
  • 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

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SPECIFICATIONS

EC Twinolux 40W 2x12 Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Combo Amp

  • Model Name: EC Twinolux
  • Series: Custom
  • Amplifier Type: Tube
  • Electronics
  • Voltage: 120V
  • Wattage: 40 Watts
  • Inputs: 1 (High input) and 2 (Low input)
  • Power Handling: 40 Watts
  • Rectifier: Two 5U4GB rectifier tubes
  • Controls: Volume, Treble, Bass, Speed, Intensity, Presence, Output
  • Hardware
  • Cabinet Material: Solid Pine cabinet
  • Handle: Leather Strap Handle
  • Grill Cover: Tweed covering and vintage-style brown/gold grille cloth
  • Amplifier Depth: 9.0", 21.6 cm
  • Amplifier Width: 24.5" (62.2 cm)
  • Amplifier Height: 20.5" (52.1 cm)
  • Amplifier Weight: 53 lbs. (24 kg)
  • Speakers
  • Speaker Description: Two 12", Weber-designed, Eminence-built speakers
  • Speaker: Two 12", Weber-designed, Eminence-built speakers
  • Impedance: 4 Ohms
  • Tubes
  • Pre Amp Tubes: 4 x 12AX7
  • Power Tubes: 2 X 6L6GE
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FenderEC Twinolux 40W 2x12 Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
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  • Excellent sound (6)
  • Warm / comfy (5)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Good power output (4)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (3)

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  • Home studio (3)
  • Performances (3)
  • Professional recording (3)
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5.0

A GREAT TUBE AMP

By David Lee

from Undisclosed

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Attenuator
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Tone

Cons

  • Expensive

Best Uses

  • Blues
  • Country
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording
  • Rock

Comments about Fender EC Twinolux 40W 2x12 Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

I have owned this amp for two years - purchased from MUSICIAN'S FRIEND - and have refrained from providing a review because I had some reservations about it that I wanted to come to terms with, if that was possible.

Another reason I wanted to add a review was to provide a different perspective on this amp's lack of reverb, since others seem to feel that the amp's other qualities made reverb unnecessary.

I bought this amp on instinct. I had decided to finally break down and get a quality tube amp. Then this line of FENDER Clapton amps was introduced. At the time it seemed that I could hardly do better than this, though I can't say that I've ever really been drawn to the whole vintage tweed thing. But since what I was looking for was tone, I disregarded that.

Over the two years that I've had the amp, I've played it sparingly. I was surprised and a bit confused by my feelings about it until one day about a year ago when I came across a review of the Twinolux by steve_121 on Ultimate Guitar. Because his thoughts on the amp so perfectly articulated what I was experiencing but unable to put into words, I'm going to quote him in part.

One of his thoughts was "in an ideal world, there would be a reverb." I agreed. More about that in a minute.

Most important of all the aspects to point out to any potential buyer of this amp is the fact that "it picks up every single part of every note [and] adds a depth I didn't think was actually there until I tried this amp - that makes it unforgiving." This could not be more well put. I don't know how to better express it. This is a very "detailed" amp and "unforgiving" is a perfect description. Any potential buyer should be aware of that quality. The upside of this is that it will make you play more precisely and, consequently, will improve your playing.

As for the tremolo, yes, what everyone says about the tremolo being great is true. It is. However, over the course of two years I found that I was not warming up to this amp and was actually wondering why I hadn't purchased something different. I was even contemplating selling it. But then I decided that before resorting to that I would buy a simple, high-quality reverb pedal and see if that changed my outlook on it. As the Ultimate Guitar review of the Twinolux accurately points out, "you need to think carefully about pedal selection so as not to ruin the tone."

After doing some research and looking at reviews of reverb pedals on the MUSICIAN'S FRIEND website, I purchased an EARTHQUAKER Dispatch Master reverb pedal. At the risk of overstating things, from the moment I hooked up this pedal, the heavens, figuratively, opened up. With just a little bit of reverb from what fortunately turned out to be this utterly transparent, dead quiet, totally exceptional pedal, this amp is now absolutely oozing with woody, tube-saturated tone that almost makes my knees buckle every time I play through it. The amp now sounds like some legendary, relic tweed that someone would put an astronomical price tag on. I've been playing a maple-neck Strat with FENDER John Mayer pickups through it and the effect makes you shake your head in complete disbelief every time you hear it.

Needless to say, I've dispelled any thought of selling it now.

So, unless you're committed to a purist stance of never introducing reverb through this amp, my advice would be to get the amp, play it for awhile, but keep in the back of your mind that there's a fantastic reverb pedal out there that won't alter the tone of this amp one bit and won't make the slightest bit of noise, that might bring another dimension out of it that you'll be thrilled to hear.

I'd suggest that anyone contemplating buying this amp read the completely accurate review of the Twinolux written by steve_121 on the Ultimate Guitar website and read the reviews of the EARTHQUAKER Dispatch Master reverb pedal on the MUSICIAN'S FRIEND website.

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(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

great amp at a high price

By arrowspace90

from texas

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Fender EC Twinolux 40W 2x12 Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      If money is no object and you can afford the best, then you can't go wrong here.
      But, if you are thinking you would love to have this sound and you deserve it, but OMG the money, then have you seen this?
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcpdCOQFt5Y

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      (6 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Own the recent '57-Twin Reissue as well

      By Can'tComeUpWithOne

      from Nashville, here and there ...

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Fender EC Twinolux 40W 2x12 Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          The '57 Twin Reissue is different than the EC Twinolux, see specifications, that is why I own Both. I use the '57 Twin Reissue with a Tube Tremolo & Tube Reverb on the front end, the EC Twinolux "Vibrato" offers a great twist - see pro reviews - the Attenuator should be an option on all Fender Proline Amplifiers, I use an older Gibson Attenuator with other amplifiers - the Attenuator in the Fender is very nice!
          Bottom Line, it is natural to try and compare the '57 Twin Reissue with the EC Twinolux - they "pretty much" look the same - they sound very different, both amplifiers do, however, resonate without being loaded with reverb.
          If Harmonics and Definition are what you want, you will find both in each amplifier, each being different from the other.

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Nice, Very Nice!

          By Pete the Freak

          from Northern California

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Great sound
          • Powerful
          • Real Clarity Of Notes

          Cons

          • Expensive

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Fender EC Twinolux 40W 2x12 Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          I have about 15 amps but this is my favorite now. It's clarity is astounding and the sound is unique.
          The tremolux adds a depth to the tone much like reverb which I agree with most other reviewers, is not really required. The only con is the cost. Worth it if you can afford it.

          It's better than the Fender Super reverb amp (which is a good one).

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          (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best Boutique for blues rock/guitar!

          By StratDoc

          from Chicago

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          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Can Cover Clean Jazz
          • Covers All Rock And Blues
          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Portable
          • Powerful

          Cons

          • Expensive

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Fender EC Twinolux 40W 2x12 Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          I have spent about 3 hours with this amp in a room at a local boutique guitar store here in Chicago. In this room was the best boutique amps in this price range on the market. I was sampling a Space pedal by Eventide. This amp, to my ear shines above all of these Boutiques. EC has a life time of playing these amps and he has this one tweeked to perfection. The sensitivity, the sag the ease as which you can dial the break up point with your volume, the clean the dirty and I might add the volume. Definitely would cover any venue from country, blues, rock, jazz, hard rock to fusion. Obviously not a high gainer but you could use it a a reference for a good high gain pedal and mike it to the PA. This would likely be the only amp for you to develop your touch around for every thing you do. The brake is a great tool. You can get seriouos in your face overdrive at low volume. Nice. In my world you find the best, buy it, get it paid for and forget what you paid as your art gets better and better. Thanks EC for making this the best of the twins!

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          (11 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Brilliant guitar amp

          By Genegoof

          from Denmark

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth

          Cons

          • Can't really come up with

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio

          Comments about Fender EC Twinolux 40W 2x12 Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          I can only agree on the previous review. This amp is luxury.
          Appearance: The fabrication is really done well. The tolex job is very precise and I just love the 50' look. My wife lets me have it in our living room!!
          Sound: Well, the amazing thing is that I almost never touch the tone controls. What surprised me most was the definition in the lower ranges. E.g. playing simple cords with open strings and no barring just sounds fantastic. Even a hard strumming will not brake this definition. You can hear every single string ring. And I do mean ring. I was just about to buy a reverb pedal with the amp, however, the dealer suggested that I waited and just started using the amp. He was right. This ringing, highly defined sound makes the reverb dispensable for most uses.
          You cannot get an extremely bright sound as from e.g. the Bassman amp. Another thing is that the amp sounds good at any level. Even at the very lowest volume. So in fact, it is possible to play the amp without the power attenuator. If you want to crank it up in the living room to break the sound you will be happy with this option.
          I mostly play my Stratocaster with hand wound 50' type pickups. It also sounds fantastic with my Les Paul 57 custom shop reissue. In fact, I think it probably does not matter what instrument you connect as long as the quality is ok.
          Another thing I noticed is that I have started using the tone controls on the guitar. This used to be quite challenging for my old amp (Blues Junior). Now it just ads to the tonal possibilities I have now.
          I started this review by saying that I hardly use the tone controls which is true. But, they actually do change the sound a lot and does not in any way compromise the sound quality. I think you can turn the tone controls to any extreme and any combination and still maintain a usable sound.

          Good Job EC and Fender!

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          (14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Fender EC Twinolux

          Comments about Fender EC Twinolux 40W 2x12 Hand-Wired Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          I can't get over how "musical" this amp is. It responds so well to your pick attack. Honestly, I love EC, but this amp does way more than EC. It does blues and rock and even into heavy rock tones. I am blessed enough to be able to, and have bought a lot of gear over the years. I have always loved fender. This amp just really seems to combine everything great about fender from the 50's-today. (They should be paying me for this great review.) After playing for twenty years, I feel my ear for good tone has matured. I am very happy with this amp. I think a lot of other people will be too. I know this amp is very new, and there are not a lot of owner reviews yet. I thought I would help and put my honest opinion out there.
          One of the things I was worried about this amp before I bought it was, no reverb. I have been playing for 20 years and I have always "relied" on reverb. What I mean is, I think that it is something that is just put on so many amps, we always use it as guitar players.The trem on the amp is fantastic. I don't miss the reverb at all. The power break is great, it basically gives you all three ec amps in one. I play blues and classic rock, this amp nails the tone that I want. The only thing I wish it had was an on/off light on the trem footswitch.
          It is a great amp. 3k is a lot of money, but I am happy with my purchase, so I guess that makes it a 10?

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