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Fender Vaporizer 12W 2x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amplifier  

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Fender's 2x10” 12W Vaporizer tube combo evokes the 1950s-’60s age of the Space Race and blasts you like a ray gun back to that exciting era. The Spac...Read More

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Get Vaporized by the classic Fender tone.

Fender's 2x10” 12W Vaporizer tube combo evokes the 1950s-’60s age of the Space Race and blasts you like a ray gun back to that exciting era. The Space Race permeated culture everywhere, from film and television to cars, guitars, appliances and more — everything was bright, colorful and flashy. Garage bands blasted off with guitar music, and legions of musicians who couldn't swing pro gear bashed away on department-store guitars and amps.

Though it presents an out-of-this-world retro look, it houses an affordable, portable tube-driven tone machine with easy-to-use features and effects.

The Vaporizer hosts two inputs (normal and bright) and simple controls for Volume, tone and reverb. The reverb control creates full, wet reverb for moody "late-night" vibe and approximates the sound of playing in a tunnel, and the single-button "wedge" footswitch is used for selecting "vaporizer mode,” which bypasses volume and tone controls for full-strength overload.

FEATURES
  • Power: 12W tube
  • Speakers: 2x10" Special Design Vaporizer speakers
  • Two inputs — 1/4", Normal and Bright
  • Internal speaker disconnects to allow the amp's 1/4" output to be used with external 8Ω speaker enclosures
  • Controls: Volume, Tone and Reverb
  • Tubes: two x 12AX7; two x 6BQ5/EL84
  • Single-Button "Wedge" footswitch included
  • Weight: 37 lb (16.78 kg)

Plug in. Turn on. Get Vaporized.

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FenderVaporizer 12W 2x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amplifier
 
4.3

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Pros

  • Easy to use (9)
  • Excellent sound (8)
  • Warm / comfy (8)
  • Portable (7)
  • Good power output (3)

Cons

  • Limited functions (4)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (10)
  • Performances (10)
  • Amateur recording (8)
  • Professional recording (7)
  • Outdoor events / games (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Blastoff with Pawnshop Retro Classic

The Vaporizer is the latest Pawnshop amp and creates a retro 1960's vibe not unlike what the Excelsior amp did for the 50's. The amp is very bright,lively and responsive but...Read complete review

The Vaporizer is the latest Pawnshop amp and creates a retro 1960's vibe not unlike what the Excelsior amp did for the 50's. The amp is very bright,lively and responsive but not particularly loud for live gig use. Sound quality remains very bright, clean and sparkly with single coil pickups for most of volume dial. There is not a hint of tweed character like the Excelsior and fender is going for a completely different vibe here. The reverb is retro in much the same manner as some of those old 60's off brand amps and adds a sort of Link Wray vibe. The amp ships with good quality tubes and appears well built for the price and will probably respond well to upgrades similar to the excelsior. The vaporizer setting provides a wild slightly out of control sound that will scare small children and pets. I think the bass response will improve once the speaker breaks in and modders will be experimenting with upgrades on these also. The vaporizer is a super fun and great value for people who appreciate something different.

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Not loud enough.

This amp looks beautiful. It's also much larger than you would expect - In the pictures and videos it looks like a modest little combo, but once you have it in your home you...Read complete review

This amp looks beautiful. It's also much larger than you would expect - In the pictures and videos it looks like a modest little combo, but once you have it in your home you realize this thing is quite large, and that's cool! It looks like an old floor cabinet television; Very comparable in size. You can put it on it's side for better sound projection and the 'hourglass' look too!

Unfortunately, the biggest problem I had with this amp was the volume. For such a big box tube amp with twin speakers I expected it to ROAR. However, even with the vaporizer switch engaged (which bypasses the volume and tone controls) the amp just wasn't loud enough to compete with my LCD television, let alone a drummer! It can sound very boxy at lower volumes.

I would say it's perfect for apartments in this regard. Your neighbors won't hear it. Sadly, it would be difficult to use live. You just won't get the stage volume you need. It's an excellent choice for home recording, and possibly for band use if you have a light drummer.

Tone-wise you're not going to find Fender cleans here. You're not going to get that creamy break-up either. Instead, think of a Vox - Harsh and garage sounding, this is what the amp does the best. If you're going for that tone I really don't think this amp can be beat, but it's important to note that the amp is a one trick pony. It does THAT tone and that's all it does.

It's very hard to get this amp to play clean with humbuckers. It doesn't clean up well at all. With single coils you can get some very sterile cleans right on the verge of breaking up, but it's not warm or bluesy... It's rock and roll.

If this fits your requirements then the amp is an excellent choice. If you're looking for a more traditional Fender sound, then look elsewhere. This is a rockin' vox-esque amp with nearly NO clean headroom. There aren't many 'warm' tones here.

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5.0

Not Just a Novelty

By Boxcar Stewart

from Kansas City

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Pros

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

Cons

  • None For Me

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Therapy

Comments about Fender Vaporizer 12W 2x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amplifier:

This amp is SO SIMPLE, I love it. Yeah, I can't fool with mids, highs, basses, or knobs and more knobs, but you know what? I CAN PLUG IN AND PLAY. This amp may not be for tone freaks, but its perfect for simple players like me. My band plays songs from the dusty trails to the grimey garages, and this amp is perfect with my Telecaster. This amp may not get loud enough for some either, but mic it to the PA and problem solved. Some say the Vaporizer effect is useless, but I think its fun. ROCKING IS SUPPOSED TO BE FUN, RIGHT?! So, if you like fiddling with 15 knobs to get your tone, this amp isn't for you. But if you want to just plug in and ROAR, buy it. I ordered mine Saturday morning and it arrived Monday at lunch time with free standard shipping. Gotta love living within 40 miles of the warehouse!

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5.0

Great Amp!

By Zanfrid

from Texas

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Fender Vaporizer 12W 2x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amplifier:

    Watched a lot of reviews of this amp on YouTube and decided to get it. Though a few videos made me kind of question the vaporizer mode because the distortion sounded a bit too fuzzy for my taste, but when it arrived I had to play it immediately!
    And after messing around with the clean tone and reverb I decided to hit the vaporizer switch..... And oh my gosh it was waaaayyy better than what I heard on YouTube!! It was a much better tone than I expected!

    I love this amp! And it's amazing for the price!

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    4.0

    Simple, basic tube sweetness!

    By Jim Standley

    from Baton Rouge, LA

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Warmth

    Cons

    • Limited Functions

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Fender Vaporizer 12W 2x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amplifier:

    First of all, the "vaporizer" function is really unusable. I disconnected it immediately, as there is virtually no control whatsoever. However, don't be discouraged by this. This amp has a wonderful tone and will bring out the heart and soul of just about any guitar. It takes pedals extremely well, and produces a clarity you'd expect to find in amps more than twice this price!

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    (6 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    My 2nd 'Pawnshop' Fender Amp

    By hippiekarl

    from Pahrump, NV

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound
    • Unique Look And Vibe

    Cons

    • Limited Functions

    Best Uses

    • Garage Band
    • Performances

    Comments about Fender Vaporizer 12W 2x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amplifier:

    I got the first of this series--the 2w 'Greta', skipped the 'Excelcior' (I have NO use for vib/trem lol), and decided to buy a 'Vaporizer' a few months ago. For one thing, 2x10" has always been my favorite guitar cab--not that you see too many! A long time ago I played a Dual Showman (well, a MusicMan 65Reverb; same thing) through a Traynor 2x10 cab. Later I had a 45w Super Reverb w/4 10s; I unplugged 2 of the speakers to get that crisp projection. So, that 2x10 mojo was half my interest in this amp. The rest was: "Teen-watt Fender tube amp w/ reverb for THIS price?! I'd better try one of these!" I've been gigging with low-watt one-channel tube amps w/ 1x12" spkrs for a couple of years, now (mostly a VHT Super 6 Ultra and a 16w Carvin tweed head w/ EL84s) with or without a Sennheiser cabinet mic (it's usually only miked for the drummer's monitor) in different sized bars/clubs. My Vaporizer had a really, really loud "60Hz hum" when I got it, which turned out to be coming from the reverb (microphonic tube?). I wanted to start playing through it, though, so once I isolated the source, I put a little TC HOF Mini Reverb in front of it (it's still there....). Mine stays bright, fairly clean, and glassy up to about 6 on the volume. From there on it doesn't get much louder, but soaks into rockabilly/blues tone. The 'vaporizer' circuit-bypass gets great 'soak the mains' distort-o-tone, but it's SO much louder that you can't really go back and forth easily w/o a volume pedal. As with most one-tone-knob setups, this 'Tone' knob is a treble roll-off; between 8 and 10 it sounds like a Fender amp: bright and 'presency' (in the 'Bright' input), from 5 to 8 it a little darker--more Vox-ish. Needless to say, below 5 is Mudville--just like your guitar's 'tone' knob. So, there it is: even with the unusably-noisy reverb issue, this 12w Fender tube amp sounds fine, plays giggably loud, agrees with pedals in front of it (volume, Lovepedal Amp50 OD and Gen5 Echo, Radial Classic tube distortion, EH Q-Tron, and the aforementioned reverb), features an ear-pleasing (and rare) spkr configuration, and like a previous reviewer pointed out, "It's not just another black rectangular box". Yeah....This isn't going to be your Utility Amp Solution-in-one, but for party music that has both clean and raunchy guitar parts you could do a lot worse than this *inexpensive* Fender tube amp---especially if the reverb works properly in yours.

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Cool but not Loud

    By Memphis T

    from Atlanta, GA

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Low Headroom

    Cons

    • Heavy For Power Output
    • Low headroom

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Fender Vaporizer 12W 2x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amplifier:

    I like this amp for what it is: a retro-styled, simple tube amp.
    However, for me, I couldn't get enough usable clean gig volume from it. Very limited head room if you want that. Also, along those lines, it is rather heavy for the amount of volume you (don't) get.
    The more you dial in the volume, the less reverb you get, so turning it up lessens the 'cavern-ness' of the reverb.
    The speakers didn't seem to like much treble on the louder volumes, so in order to cut out the speaker sizzle, it got muddy. Maybe the speakers just needed breaking in-I tried two different amps, same thing.
    So, if you don't mind a more distorted EL84 (the best to me) sound, this could work for home, recording or lower volume gigs. It does look and sound (old style) good.
    I send mine back, though. Maybe a used one later...

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    (4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Tube Amp

    By Jeff

    from Lincoln, IL

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Clean Tone
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Handles Pedals Well
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Clean Tones
      • Events
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Fender Vaporizer 12W 2x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amplifier:

      This is my first tube amp, but i have plenty of experience with tube amps. First of all this amp looks great, and is built really well. It has great clean tones and handles pedals very well. Depending on what pedals you use, you can play many different styles of music.
      This amp gets loud quick, I gigged with it this past weekend and was plenty loud enough for venues where the amp is mic'd up.
      I've only used the vaporizer switch once and it produces a great overdriven tone, but I prefer to use the overdrive pedals on my board due to how loud it gets when the vaporizer mode is engaged.
      The reverb on the amp is great.
      I've played through this amp with my Epiphone Dot, and G&L Asat and it sound great with both of them and it will take quite a bit of volume to get the amp to overdrive with either of those guitars.
      This amp is great for the price, I'd definitely encourage people to buy this amp.
      I have no complaints about this amp, even the weight of the it isn't bad.

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Best Pawn Shop series amp so far.

      By KenBJammen

      from Sunny Wisconsin

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Very Cool Retro Look
      • Very Usable Reverb

      Cons

      • Factory Tubes Poor Tone
      • Hard To Get To Tubes
      • Larger Than It Looks
      • Vaporizer Mode-unusable

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording
      • Small Club

      Comments about Fender Vaporizer 12W 2x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amplifier:

      This little amp is going to be something coveted five years from now. Off the shelf it has fairly impressive tone. The reverb circuit is independent from the volume circuit which is unusual, but allows you to get some crazy hyper-surf reverb at low volumes, and is fairly smoothly tweakable through the range.

      Out of the box, this amp shines with a single coil pickup. I plugged a 59' tele into her first day and it sounded crazy cool, pretty close to what you see on the Fender video. Humbuckers through the amp sounded a tad harsh unless you rolled the volume back a tad. The vaporizer mode switch is unusable, it pulls the volume and tone out of the circuit. This is a low wattage amp, but too loud full on.

      The stock tubes are ruby tubes which are not known for their tone. I did have the opportunity to replace the stock tubes with NOS 1960's era tubes. A tube swap to pretty much anything else will not leave you disappointed. It was somewhat annoying to get to the tubes as they are housed in a cage. The stock tubes + difficult tube swap -1 star.

      Although you can't play the tolex, surf green on stage looks amazing.

      Overall a pretty impressive 2x10 amp, and with a little tweaking something that goes from nifty to amazing. The tone that comes from this is great, and the speakers aren't even broke in!

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      (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Not loud enough.

      By Kurisuku

      from New Jersey

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      Pros

      • Great Looks

      Cons

      • Quiet

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Jamming
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Fender Vaporizer 12W 2x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amplifier:

      This amp looks beautiful. It's also much larger than you would expect - In the pictures and videos it looks like a modest little combo, but once you have it in your home you realize this thing is quite large, and that's cool! It looks like an old floor cabinet television; Very comparable in size. You can put it on it's side for better sound projection and the 'hourglass' look too!

      Unfortunately, the biggest problem I had with this amp was the volume. For such a big box tube amp with twin speakers I expected it to ROAR. However, even with the vaporizer switch engaged (which bypasses the volume and tone controls) the amp just wasn't loud enough to compete with my LCD television, let alone a drummer! It can sound very boxy at lower volumes.

      I would say it's perfect for apartments in this regard. Your neighbors won't hear it. Sadly, it would be difficult to use live. You just won't get the stage volume you need. It's an excellent choice for home recording, and possibly for band use if you have a light drummer.

      Tone-wise you're not going to find Fender cleans here. You're not going to get that creamy break-up either. Instead, think of a Vox - Harsh and garage sounding, this is what the amp does the best. If you're going for that tone I really don't think this amp can be beat, but it's important to note that the amp is a one trick pony. It does THAT tone and that's all it does.

      It's very hard to get this amp to play clean with humbuckers. It doesn't clean up well at all. With single coils you can get some very sterile cleans right on the verge of breaking up, but it's not warm or bluesy... It's rock and roll.

      If this fits your requirements then the amp is an excellent choice. If you're looking for a more traditional Fender sound, then look elsewhere. This is a rockin' vox-esque amp with nearly NO clean headroom. There aren't many 'warm' tones here.

      Comment on this review

      (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Blastoff with Pawnshop Retro Classic

      By Tubehead4Life

      from Alberta, Canada

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Affordable Amp
      • Compact
      • Cool Appearance
      • Good quality
      • Lively Sound
      • Portable

      Cons

      • Bright Sound
      • Weak Reverb

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Home use
      • Studio use

      Comments about Fender Vaporizer 12W 2x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amplifier:

      The Vaporizer is the latest Pawnshop amp and creates a retro 1960's vibe not unlike what the Excelsior amp did for the 50's. The amp is very bright,lively and responsive but not particularly loud for live gig use. Sound quality remains very bright, clean and sparkly with single coil pickups for most of volume dial. There is not a hint of tweed character like the Excelsior and fender is going for a completely different vibe here. The reverb is retro in much the same manner as some of those old 60's off brand amps and adds a sort of Link Wray vibe. The amp ships with good quality tubes and appears well built for the price and will probably respond well to upgrades similar to the excelsior. The vaporizer setting provides a wild slightly out of control sound that will scare small children and pets. I think the bass response will improve once the speaker breaks in and modders will be experimenting with upgrades on these also. The vaporizer is a super fun and great value for people who appreciate something different.

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      (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Futuristic Styling , Old School Tone

      By Electrixblu

      from Maryland USA

      About Me Novice

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Fender Vaporizer 12W 2x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amplifier:

        If you have watched the Jetsons and George Jetson played guitar you would see this amp in his living room...that sixties styling and big bright colors..
        I have the red one and its bold in color and shape.
        The amp seem big when you pull it from the box and it is...but its light in weight.
        After I inspected the amp I notice it seem to be well made and neat..looking at the amp from the rear it seems to be nicely done.I pulled my Indy Custom Relic Strat and plugged into to it and the 2 ten inch speaker sound great,They are warm in tone and rich sounding not sounding to thin with treble no matter what input you use (normal or bright). And the reverb sounds great its not your typical reverb where it washes out your sound as you turn it up...this reverb sounds the same just louder as you turn the knob. This amp can get loud with no issue and takes pedals well.This amp can appeal to the Jazz,Rock,Hard Rock,Surf,Rockabilly,
        Country players but its not a Heavy Metal amp.
        One thing I don't care for is the Vaporizer Channel it gets loud and in your face and would get you kicked out of your apartment if you live in one...overall I really like this amps tone and retro styling its something different in a world of square black amps.It wont be for everyone but it will be for someone not not wanting another square black amp to ad to their collection.
        So check it out at and give it a spin you might be surprised.

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