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Fender Ramparte 9W 1x12 Dual-Channel Tube Guitar Combo Amp   

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Fire up this little 9-watt beauty and you’ll be storming the ramparts of Fender’s pure tube tone, with real, usable power and performance. With the u...Read More

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Get vintage Fender tone and looks with modern engineering.

Fire up this little 9-watt beauty and you’ll be storming the ramparts of Fender’s pure tube tone, with real, usable power and performance. With the use of dual "Hot" and "Cool" input channels, you’ll have great tonal flexibility when pushing that classic, crystal-clear Fender sound through the 12" Special Design speaker or through the 1/4" speaker out. The “Cool” channel is voiced from warm and clean to some slight breakup with use of the independent volume control; while the “Hot” side of this easily portable tone machine ranges from mild to wild.And tinkering with your sound doesn’t get much more basic than the Ramparte’s layout of just two independent chicken-head volume knobs, coupled with your guitar’s pickups and tone and volume controls.

Around the back of this two-tone chocolate-and-copper offering from Fender’s Pawn Shop Special line, you’ll find the tube complement of two 12AX7 preamp tubes and single 6L6 power tube — the heart and soul of that unmistakable tube-driven vintage Fender sound.

The Ramparte is ideally powered and voiced for use in practice and studio settings to be able to get rich tube breakup at bedroom-friendly volume levels.

FEATURES
  • Power: 9W
  • Hot & Cool inputs
  • Impedance: 8 Ohms
  • Preamp Tubes: 2 x 12AX7
  • Power Tubes: 1 x 6L6
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FenderRamparte 9W 1x12 Dual-Channel Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.4

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (9)
  • Portable (8)
  • Good power output (6)
  • Excellent sound (5)
  • Warm / comfy (5)

Cons

  • Limited functions (4)

Best Uses

  • Performances (6)
  • Home studio (5)
  • Professional recording (5)
  • Amateur recording (4)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Like a Champ with some hair on it.

I'm very happy with my Ramparte. A lot of forum guitarists will see the lack of reverb and tone controls as a lack of features, but for simple plug-and-play, it's very nice. Read complete review

I'm very happy with my Ramparte. A lot of forum guitarists will see the lack of reverb and tone controls as a lack of features, but for simple plug-and-play, it's very nice.

Yes, it's made in Indonesia, but compared to its brother the Excelsior, it's extremely well finished and constructed.

Having to remove 6 screws to change tubes will no doubt put some people out, but it's not insurmountable.

Bottom line - it looks good, sounds good, doesn't cost a fortune, and sounds like a Fender.

Personally, I find the lack of knobs to twist makes me focus on clean picking and fingering, as well as learning to use the guitars' tone and volume controls.

This amp will do both clean and dirty, but I'm more than happy with the "Cool" channel.

Although it has two channels, it is not a channel switching amp. However, an A/B pedal would fix this.

It's a keeper.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Could be better

First time plugging a guitar: this amp sound sound like a cardboard box. Very disappointed.
After analysing, this is due to the bad quality speaker in it. When plugged in a good...Read complete review

First time plugging a guitar: this amp sound sound like a cardboard box. Very disappointed.
After analysing, this is due to the bad quality speaker in it. When plugged in a good speaker cabinet, I get decent sound of it.
So, when buying this amp, you should keep 100$ to put an other speaker.
With a new speaker, you get a typical sound of a Class A tube amp. Very articulated, clear and not very good bass. The drive channel does not sound good.
The goods: Light, simple. I don't miss all the controls. When cracking the clean channel, you get lovely blues overdrive. Maybe the drive channel could sound good with new/other type of tubes. The amp looks awesome. You get something rare and original. It is pretty loud for home or small gig.
So, if you're willing to put money on a new speaker and you like Class A tube amp sound, I would recommend.
A better choice would be a used blues junior for the same price of this amp+speaker.

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5.0

First Tube Amp

By 

from St. Louis MO

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Fender Ramparte 9W 1x12 Dual-Channel Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    This is my first tube amp and I am very happy with this decision. The speaker size, wattage, and look all met the criteria. It sounds great and is fun to play. And for any other newbies to tube this thing gets loud!

    There is a slight hum when using the different channels when the volume is up on the unused channel. Not an issue with me, kinda fits the vintage vibe.

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    5.0

    Winner, hands-down

    By 

    from Montreal, Qc.

    About Me Experienced

    Ask me a question

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Limited Functions

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Performances

    Comments about Fender Ramparte 9W 1x12 Dual-Channel Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    Been looking for a tube amp for some time now, like 6 months and had a very hard time in deciding the right one. Here's what I did. Went to the local music shop and spent a good hour testing the 4 finalists. Vox, Orange, Blues Jr.iii and the Ramparte. Every one of those amps besides the Ramparte had a ton of features, reverb etc. But...none had the tube-tone like the Ramparte and that's the one I took home. For 300 beans I was laughing all the way to the bank too. I connected a "switchblade" by Electro-Harmonics and can now switch the channels with it and even combine the Hot and Cool channels for added warmth. Amp is ample loud too but don't expect tons of headroom. I believe this was the last one available new at retail in the Montreal area and was darn lucky to stumble upon it.

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    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Could be better

    By 

    from Quebec

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Portable

    Cons

    • Poor Sound Quality

    Best Uses

      Comments about Fender Ramparte 9W 1x12 Dual-Channel Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      First time plugging a guitar: this amp sound sound like a cardboard box. Very disappointed.
      After analysing, this is due to the bad quality speaker in it. When plugged in a good speaker cabinet, I get decent sound of it.
      So, when buying this amp, you should keep 100$ to put an other speaker.
      With a new speaker, you get a typical sound of a Class A tube amp. Very articulated, clear and not very good bass. The drive channel does not sound good.
      The goods: Light, simple. I don't miss all the controls. When cracking the clean channel, you get lovely blues overdrive. Maybe the drive channel could sound good with new/other type of tubes. The amp looks awesome. You get something rare and original. It is pretty loud for home or small gig.
      So, if you're willing to put money on a new speaker and you like Class A tube amp sound, I would recommend.
      A better choice would be a used blues junior for the same price of this amp+speaker.

      Comment on this review

       
      5.0

      Few Bet'a for the Buck!

      By 

      from North Central, Florida

      About Me Professional Musician

      Ask me a question

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Fender Ramparte 9W 1x12 Dual-Channel Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        Bought this to use with a Harp... wish it had Bass/treble controls for minor adjustment... otherwise a Great and Strong Value in a Tube Amp from Fender. Not being Made in America resonates with me... But Fender Quality Control apparently is working.

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        4.0

        Plenty...

        By 

        from North Central, Florida

        About Me Professional Musician

        Ask me a question

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Portable
        • Powerful
        • Using With A Harp

        Cons

        • Not American Made

        Best Uses

        • Live Performancemic

        Comments about Fender Ramparte 9W 1x12 Dual-Channel Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        So far, the Value of this amp is MOST satisfying. I use it for a Harp amp, un-mic'd in rehearsal and at some venue's, depending on size. Power is surprising. Finish is Lovely (though the shipping box was damaged). I feel it's well worth the money for a multitude of reasons. Wish it was American Made, but the exported labor cost sure didn't hurt the value, but it did my rating.

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        5.0

        Love it

        By 

        from Montague ma

        About Me Novice

        Ask me a question

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Fender Ramparte 9W 1x12 Dual-Channel Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          Love this little amp. Simple, great sounding, fun little amp. Great tube tone at lower volumes and can get pretty loud when cranked.

          Comment on this review

           
          4.0

          Fits into Grandma's decor

          By 

          from Texas Hill Country

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          Ask me a question

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Warmth

          Cons

          • Limited Functions

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Performances

          Comments about Fender Ramparte 9W 1x12 Dual-Channel Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          I bougt this thinking "another Champ" to toss into the car...but its the same size as a Blues Junior, and feels as heavy (although it is 10 pounds lighter (21 pounds). I play blues and slide, and can find my sounds between the two channels (wish it had a channel switch pedal) and my guitar.
          I'm keeping it mostly because it looks so darn 'Granny-Cool', but sounds decent enough for me. It has a speaker jack, so I can unplug that and run to a big (heavy) cabinet should I like more oomph. I could play small bar or living room jam as it is.

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Cool Amp....BUT

          By 

          from Los Angeles

          About Me Professional Musician

          Ask me a question

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Warmth
          • Portable
          • Powerful

          Cons

          • Limited Functions
          • Poor Sound Quality

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Fender Ramparte 9W 1x12 Dual-Channel Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          This is a cool little amp that can get very loud, but the tone is TERRIBLE without the use of pedals. The clean tone on this amp is very bad so if you are buying this to use clean without any effects don't get it. However, if you use a Fuzz pedal, synth pedal, overdrive etc..This amp will produce very nice creamy tones that you will love.

          Comment on this review

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Amp

          By 

          from fl.

          About Me Professional Musician

          Ask me a question

          Pros

          • Excellent Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Fender Ramparte 9W 1x12 Dual-Channel Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            I wanted something basic and I got it. 2 channels 2volume controls. I have been playing for 50 yrs. and this is the best sounding amp I have ever owned. 9 watts is enough for just about anything. It is quite loud. I like the tone so much that I don't even want to use my peddle board.

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            (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Like a Champ with some hair on it.

            By 

            from Pennsylvania

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Beauty
            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Portable
            • Simplicity

            Cons

            • Lack Of Corner Protection
            • Limited Functions
            • No tone controls

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Bedroom
            • Home Studio

            Comments about Fender Ramparte 9W 1x12 Dual-Channel Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            I'm very happy with my Ramparte. A lot of forum guitarists will see the lack of reverb and tone controls as a lack of features, but for simple plug-and-play, it's very nice.

            Yes, it's made in Indonesia, but compared to its brother the Excelsior, it's extremely well finished and constructed.

            Having to remove 6 screws to change tubes will no doubt put some people out, but it's not insurmountable.

            Bottom line - it looks good, sounds good, doesn't cost a fortune, and sounds like a Fender.

            Personally, I find the lack of knobs to twist makes me focus on clean picking and fingering, as well as learning to use the guitars' tone and volume controls.

            This amp will do both clean and dirty, but I'm more than happy with the "Cool" channel.

            Although it has two channels, it is not a channel switching amp. However, an A/B pedal would fix this.

            It's a keeper.

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