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

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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.

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
Hand made in Corona, California, US

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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
 
3.9

(based on 7 reviews)

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67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (6)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Excellent sound (4)
  • Warm / comfy (4)

Cons

  • Limited functions (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (6)
  • Home studio (5)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
  • Professional recording (3)
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(25 of 30 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

EC Tremolux

By Sid Moskowitz

from NYC

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

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.

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Disappointing

By Bluesman355

from Lilburn, GA

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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.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Killer Fender Tweed Tone!

By jester77

from Wisconsin

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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.

    (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    EC tremolux

    By Bluesman-Q4JaC

    from Ambridge, PA

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    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.

    (4 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Great amp for EC but not Me

    By Rich BluesCannon

    from Germany

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    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.

    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Tone - says it all

    By SidM

    from NYC

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    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............

     
    5.0

    Does what's expected to

    By Reivaj

    from Spain

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    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.

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