• Small Package
    Huge Sound
    Ramparte
  • undoubtedly
    distinctive
    Excelsior
  • Sound Beyond
    this Realm
    Vaporizer

New Pawn Shop Special amplifiers present a cool, unconventional take on amp design by evoking the enjoyably esoteric finds you might discover in a pawnshop or second-hand store.

Storm the ramparts of
pure tube tone.

Fender’s Pawn Shop Special series Ramparte amp is a diminutive nine-watt beauty that looks the perfect pawnshop prize and rocks huge power and performance from cool and clean to red-hot.

THE LOOK

Dig the smartly elegant Johnson-administration look (Lyndon, not Andrew), with tastefully textured two-tone chocolate-and-copper fabric covering that lets Ramparte make itself right at home between the overstuffed recliner and the gigantic Westinghouse console stereo. And that regally Byzantine double-headed eagle logo badge is just too cool.

THE SOUND

Nine watts, one 6L6 power tube, two channels, class “A” circuitry and a single 12” Special Design speaker never sounded so good. Ramparte’s “cool” channel is pleasingly voiced from warm and clean to moderately gritty. But that “hot” channel—man, with that kind of mild-to-wild overdrive, might be best to keep a twenty on you to slip the cops when they show up.

THE FEATURES

As if all of the above isn’t enough, Ramparte imparts a wealth of other fine features including separate ¼” input jacks and volume controls for both channels, ¼” internal speaker disconnect for external enclosure use, “chicken-head” control knobs and a vintage-style leather strap handle.

Affordable and
out of this world

Fender’s Vaporizer amp blasts you like a ray gun back to the 1950s-’60s golden age of the Space Race, when everything was colorful and flashy, when garage bands blasted off everywhere, and when amateur musicians who couldn’t swing pro gear bashed away with electrifying abandon on department-store guitars and amps.

THE LOOK

A blast from a past version of the future, this is easily the most way-out Fender amp look ever. Get a load of that angular “bow tie” grille with the silver-flash fabric. Rock Cold War-cool with that stark metallic gray control panel, those Mission Control black knobs with the metal inserts, and that icy blue amp jewel. And isn’t that dimpled vinyl covering in Rocket Red, Slate Blue and Surf Green just out of this world? Yes, it is.

THE SOUND

You might wanna stand back. Vaporizer’s dual 12AX7 preamp tubes and dual 6BQ5/EL84 output tubes send 13 watts of rocket fuel through two 10” Special Design speakers. The full, drenched sound of the spring reverb circuit makes it sound like a moody late night inside a secret spy-plane hangar, and the included single-button footswitch launches “vaporizer mode,” which bypasses the volume and tone controls for full-strength overload indicated by a separate red jewel light.

THE FEATURES

Oh, there’s more. The internal speaker disconnect lets the amp’s ¼” output be used for external 8-ohm speaker enclosures. You also get two inputs (normal and bright), the coolest retro-style volume, tone and reverb control knobs a rocket scientist ever laid eyes on, trapezoidal wood cabinet construction and a stylish handle.

Alluringly refined

yet harboring tones from polite to raw to raucous, the Pawn Shop Special Excelsior model is undoubtedly one of the most distinctive tube combo amps in Fender history.

THE LOOK

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.

THE SOUND

To say nothing of its admirable tone and power. The 13-watt Excelsior elegantly encloses a single 15” Special Design 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).

THE FEATURES

Distinctive features include “guitar,” “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.



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