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  • 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
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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 “E” 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
 
4.5

(based on 67 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (42)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (52)
  • Excellent sound (52)
  • Portable (47)
  • Warm / comfy (47)
  • Good power output (28)

Cons

  • Limited functions (17)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (41)
  • Amateur recording (32)
  • Performances (31)
  • Outdoor events / games (27)
  • Professional recording (24)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (47), Professional musician (18)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Amp for the money

Close your eyes, forget its low buck and made in China and you'll swear it's a big budget boutique amp.
This amp has a cool vibe and is unique. 13 watts...Read complete review

Close your eyes, forget its low buck and made in China and you'll swear it's a big budget boutique amp.
This amp has a cool vibe and is unique. 13 watts through a 15" speaker give a glorious tone.
Yes it's made in China. Forget that fact. This is a great amp and easy to love.
It's kinda quirky with no reverb, bright/dark tone switch and no intensity control on the tremolo. That being said, play this amp for 10 minutes and you'll forget all that. It sounds like an amp sounding 2-3 times as much.
Beautiful clean tones at reasonable volumes. Twist the volume knob on your guitar and it sings with a gritty, soulful voice.
I couldn't be happier with this amp.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Priced Right, Could or Could Not Be the1

Good entry level all tube amp. Easy to distort if you don't want to use pedals. That's why I titled it,"this could or could not be the 1" you're...Read complete review

Good entry level all tube amp. Easy to distort if you don't want to use pedals. That's why I titled it,"this could or could not be the 1" you're looking for. If you want a cheap brand new all tube amp to rock out with...this is it. It already has a few mods out there and there are more on the way.
Cons: It is a one trick pony. If you want anything besides a quickly distorted rock tube amp...look elsewhere. No bass, mid, or treble controls. No reverb. The Bright/Dark is too bright or too muffled. You can buy a mod switch or just put the switch that comes on it in the middle where it links both Dark & light (you'll find where it is). My biggest complaint is that an amp advertised as quite by separating the pre & power tubes...sure is Noisy! I tested multiple ones at different guitar centers after I bought mine to see if it was just me. I tried different pre-amp tubes...better sound but still noisy. Also, the 15" speakers in general are IMHO a bad idea. Too big to move air very well for a small & low power amp. So, guys are talking about changing speakers to 12", changing out ALL 4 tubes, rewiring some of the board, putting different knob mods etc...
By the time I figured doing all that, I could buy a real Fender amp...which I ended up doing!
So...If you want a blues, Jazz, country, or any clean type amp, that can take pedals...be ready to mod this thing out, or look elsewhere. If you are looking for a low-powered rock tube amp and have a reverb (but not many other) pedals for little $$$, YOU'VE found it!

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5.0

De-Muds Humbuckers!

By hareynolds

from Houston, TX

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Pros

  • Big Bang For Th Buck
  • Easy To Mod
  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Cleans
    • Clenas And Funk
    • Home Studio

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

    Bought the brown one with the OEM speaker from an MF sister company on Super Special for ridiculous price.

    Pretty good right out of the box, but planning a few upgrades: JJ 6V6 tubes, NOS 12AX7s, tone control mod, maybe a new 15" speaker (got an Altec recone that I want to try). HUGE kudos to Fender for making an instant cult classic for tinkerers and cheap amp fans.

    Of all the good stuff here (read the reviews; they've pretty accurate), the most surprising thing is how good humbuckers sound on the "bright" setting. The mud is gone! My Epiphone 339 sounds like a nice archtop with single coils, except NO hum. Now I regret selling my Godin Kingpins, which I could never get to sound good thru my other amps (including a Gibson single ended EL84 clone).

    Buy one. If they go on sale, buy two.

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    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Less knobs is more

    By Hutdog

    from New Jersey

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Portable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

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

      Had this amp for 1 month.
      Tremolo stopped working.
      Exchanged for new one

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      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Quality 6V6 driven amp

      By Beetle

      from Ohio State

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • 6v6 Power Tubes
      • Looks Great
      • Low Cost

      Cons

      • Speaker Break In

      Best Uses

      • Performances

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

      I really wanted to retire my 50 year old Silvertone. While this does not completely surpass that amp, it is a good place to start. I may upgrade the speaker and tubes later, but for now I'll make sure it is really necessary.

      I do feel like the speaker break in on this amp is taking longer than expected. I won't be completely sure about the sound quality of the amp stock until I am sure it has been sufficiently broken in.

      I don't need lots of output power for what I do, but this amp seems plenty loud for many applications. I have never been a big fan of the EL84 powered tube amps, so this is a better option for me.

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      (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Excelsior marketing survey

      By D

      from Tulsa, OK

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Low Cost
      • Portable

      Cons

      • Limited Functions

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording

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

      Limited with equipped speaker. Tremolo? Who cares. I would trade it for a tone control. Even with dark switch it's very bright with equipped speaker. So I plugged it into a Celestion Vintage 30 closed back cab and improved tremendously! Very good sound cranked. 6V6's are one of my fav power tubes. This is a good test model for Fender. So do it right, build a hand wired combo with Vintage 30 & I wouldn't hesitate to use on gigs!!!

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      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very Impressed

      By Evan

      from Charlotesville, VA

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          I perform and run a venue that hosts a weekly open mic. I brought this for a house amp. When I played, I received more comments on my tone than usual. And I had been playing through a modified Hot Rod Deluxe prior to this! All night I listened to others play everything from jazz to jimi and it sounded fantastic!

          Definitely loud enough to keep up with drums as long as you want some distortion. For our small venue, it was totally enough.

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          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great amp for the money!

          By Guitar maker

          from Las Vegas, Nevada

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Plenty Loud To Jam With A
          • Portable

          Cons

          • Needs A Better Speaker

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Great For Jamming At Home
          • Home Studio

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

          I love this amp for all around use at home and having small jam sessions at the house. IT really sounds great with a reverb, delay & overdrive pedals for blues! YOU CAN HEAR IT OVER THE DRUMMER IF THEY'RE NOT POUNDING AWAY! I put a new set of JJ tubes in it and it made it sound fuller. It will do better with a new speaker too, but overall, a great amp for the money!! I WOULD GET YOURS TODAY! Pull that trigger!

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          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Amp!!

          By Handrails

          from Columbus oh

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Portable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

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

            Great sounding amp! I've already convinced my friend that he needs one as well.

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            (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excelcisor Excellence

            By Ronald Partridge

            from Plymouth, MA

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Portable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio

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

              Once again a great deal from Musician's Friend. Graded as damaged, Level 3, I took a chance. The damage was not that bad, but the 6V6 tubes had dislogged and were damaged. MF customer service took care of the problem quickly. I repaired the damage to the case and have already replaced the bright switch with a 500 ohm pot. Sounds great!
              Just what I 3anted for my Vega Lap Steel

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              The Excelsior is a fun amp.

              By Dave Herman

              from Santa Fe, NM

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio

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

                Really loved this amp when I got it...however, it's too bright or too dark, and a little thin. But you can tell all the good tones are in there. It needs a little coaxing. So I added a 7 band EQ and wow. What a difference. Gorgeous tone. I make the EQ sliders look like a smile and it's just great. Really complex, sophisticated, and professional. This amp is strong. It's too loud to get power tube overdrive here in this tiny studio, so I use pedals for EQ, delay, reverb, compression, and distortion. It already has decent tremolo, of course. I use a strat in the 4 or 2 position or the 2 or 1 position with a tele. Great amp

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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Amp for the money

                By GytrPlyr

                from South Georgia

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Cool Vibe
                • Great tone
                • Retro Look
                • Unique

                Cons

                • Limited Tone Control
                • No reverb
                • Tremolo Is Strong

                Best Uses

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

                  Close your eyes, forget its low buck and made in China and you'll swear it's a big budget boutique amp.
                  This amp has a cool vibe and is unique. 13 watts through a 15" speaker give a glorious tone.
                  Yes it's made in China. Forget that fact. This is a great amp and easy to love.
                  It's kinda quirky with no reverb, bright/dark tone switch and no intensity control on the tremolo. That being said, play this amp for 10 minutes and you'll forget all that. It sounds like an amp sounding 2-3 times as much.
                  Beautiful clean tones at reasonable volumes. Twist the volume knob on your guitar and it sings with a gritty, soulful voice.
                  I couldn't be happier with this amp.

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