Excelsior™ Pro Sonic Blue

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$549.99

Model #: 2303010180
Excelsior™ Pro Sonic Blue, 120V

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For playing at home, studio work and small gigs, the Excelsior is a class act that brings a fresh and unconventional new vibe to your playing. This limited edition Excelsior Pro model features attractively light Sonic Blue vinyl covering with White grille cloth, and a powerful 15” Eminence® Legend speaker.

Other special features include a bottom-loaded primary chassis, convenient low-noise top-loaded control chassis with dual 12AX7 preamp tubes and dual 6V6 output tubes, three individually optimized inputs (“GTR,” “MIC” and “accordion”), tremolo circuit with speed control, and bright/dark tone switch for treble or bass emphasis. The amp also has a volume control and 1/4” internal speaker disconnect enabling external speaker enclosure use.

Limited to 800 units for North America. Estimated shipping date: January 2013

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I am in love with this amp!

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123rsteel on November 1, 2013 (updated November 1, 2013)
Amateur Blues Rock Classic Rock Pop Rock Folk

I just took delivery of the Excelsior Pro (Sonic Blue) after seeing reviews online. It is awesome.
Be warned this is not some punt 15w amp - it is LOUD, certainly good enough clean headroom to gig a small venue.
With my Strat, there is little pickup noise and the clarity of tone is unbelievable. It’s like you can hear the wood resonating.
With my LP with P90s it will do smooth jazz, but turn it up and it roars like a beast. This is not a death metal amp, but for jazz, blues, rock it's awesome.
Only minor gripe is that the Dark Bright switch is great on “dark” but ear shatteringly trebly on bright, OK for chicin pickin tele nuts, but otherwise judicious use of the tone controls on your guitar necessary!
Honestly Fender, you could have got away with charging double for this amp, it takes on the Hot Rod and Junior and gives them a damn good run for the money for the cost of a couple of decent pedals.
The best part is that the colour matched the living room walls so the wife will let me keep on display!

Am seriously thinking of getting another one to run in stereo.

Go and buy one NOW you won’t regret it

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Fender made a big mistake

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windanseabeachboy on July 3, 2013 (updated July 5, 2013)
Amateur Rock

This amp is too good for the price! The Fender Pawnshop Excelsior Pro is a great value...and one of the nicest-sounding tube amps you're bound to find. It goes from clean to gravely overdrive to full-on distortion with the twist of its single volume dial. Ever hear the Link Wray classic Rumble? That's what this baby sounds like cranked, with that same luscious tremelo too. It's plenty loud for a small room and would be an excellent recording amp. Great for any roots-rock, from clean Rockabilly and Surf to raunchy blues. If you're a purist, on a budget, or simply want wonderful tone and a cool vintage vibe, this is the amp you should own.

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EXCELSIOR PRO Shockingly good!

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omni1 on May 30, 2013 (updated June 4, 2013)
Semi-Professional Blues

I was not looking for an amp as I have a nice vintage 50 year amp at home with a ten inch speaker. Yet occasionally I will have a go of another amp to see how it compares to my little gem. I saw the ‘Excelsior’ in my local music shop and thought "Lets have a laugh and see how wrong they have got this." After all, I thought at the very low UK prices there is no way this could sound any good. Well I played it and not even wanting a new amp I bought one! It sounded very much like my vintage amp only fuller because of the 15-inch speaker. For those that like a warm, large, clean vintage tone, look no further. I play Blues and could not ask for anything better! I highly suspect this would also make a great Jazz amp too. Maybe even a very good surf, rockabilly or country on the bright switch setting!
This amp sounds so good. It's fine just playing clean and worth the money for this experience alone. However the vibrato sounds great also, more useable than the one on my vintage amp! Then I tried plugging in my pedals and the Classic T Rex reverb pedal adds yet another amazing dimension. My wah sounded great and my overdrives sounded amazing. Anything I threw at it - it loves pedals. It is just what I needed - a warm clean amp that can be taken right over the top with your favorite pedals. Having said that you can just turn this amp full up and turn the volume down on your guitar until it's time for the solo (I have not tried this yet though ) At the moment this is a house and recording amp but I am very hopeful this will also be a really good small gig live amp! I love it and half suspect for someone to knock to door and ask for it back saying sorry fender got the price wrong. It's worth three times this price!
The Excelsior is not a do it all amp with switchable channels, high gain options or even a reverb so is not going to be for all tastes. However for the would be Purist that does not have the huge sums of money to buy that vintage tone. The over used term this is a no brainer comes to mind!
There are things, which are not to my taste - the colors, for example, would not be my choice and the bright switch sounds a little unnatural to my years. However I just leave it on the Dark switch, as this sounds so natural to me just like my guitar pickups being amplified! These are just small preferences though that pale into insignificance to the fact that I now own what I feel is a great amp at any price, never mind the small amount I paid! Love it!!!!

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General
Model Name: Excelsior™ Pro Sonic Blue, 120V
Model Number: 2303010180
Series: Pawn Shop Special
Advertised Price: $549.99
Color: Sonic Blue
Amplifier Type: Tube

Electronics

Electronics
Controls: Volume, Tremolo, Bright/Dark Switch
Voltage: 120V
Wattage: 13 Watts at 8 ohms
Inputs: Three - (1/4" - GTR, MIC, ACCORDION)
Channels: One
Rectifier: Solid State

Hardware

Hardware
Grill Cover: Sonic Blue Vinyl Covering with White Grille Cloth
Amplifier Depth: 9" (229 mm)
Amplifier Width: 19.5" (49.5 cm)
Amplifier Height: 21" (53.34 cm)
Amplifier Weight: 33 lbs. (15 kg)

Speakers

Speakers
Speaker: One - 15" Eminence® Legend
Impedance: 8 ohms

Tubes

Tubes
Pre Amp Tubes: Groove Tubes® - (2 x 12AX7)
Power Tubes: Groove Tubes® - (2 x 6V6)

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous
Unique Features: Sonic Blue Vinyl Covering and White Grille Cloth, Eminence® 15" Legend Speaker

Accessories

Accessories
Knobs: Unique Brown Plastic Pointer
Cover: Optional Fitted Cover Available