Fender Excelsior 1x15" Combo

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  1. Gutch220

    Gutch220 Active Member

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    I was thinking about buying one of these discontinued (c.2013) Fender 1x15" combos. Does anybody have any experiences worth sharing, or actually own one? It seems like they are a little tricky to find on the used market.
    It's a 13w 1x15" combo with two 6v6's and comes with an Eminence Weber Legend speaker (not shown). It has tremolo, but to my surprise it has no built-in reverb. This surprised me.
    I currently do not own any amps with a 15" speaker, plus I think it looks cool. I would replace the 12ax7's with AY7's most likely. Other photos.

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    One thing I don't get is that if one 6v6 power tubes can do 12-14 watts, why is this amp only 13 watts if it has two 6v6 in a class AB amp........ (because it's cathode biased?)
     
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  2. Garrett

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    I had one for a while without the upgraded Legend. The amp had a 50’s-ish kinda thing going on flabbing the speaker out.

    I put the Legend in it and fixed the low end ratty-ness. Has a more tweedish sound with this speaker. The natural breakup is great but loud at that point like a 5e3.

    Did the tremelo mod and tone pot mod. They are a must and provide a lot more flexibility.

    The transformer mod was a waste. Cleaned it up too much, lost it’s character.

    MDF cabinet and very heavy.

    The tremelo on it is great.
     
  3. Gutch220

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    They should've put a reverb tank inside on the left side if possible.

    I'm keeping my eyes open for one on ebay and reverb. Post on here if anybody sees one.

    Also, I looked inside, and it is a simplified circuit-board and the pots/sockets are jumpered to the board while the input jacks have their own seperate mini PCB which isn't a big deal to me.
     
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    Garrett Well-Known Member

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    Yea, he uses it in a blend with a couple others. It’s a cool amp for the price
     
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    It sounds like good old-time fun!
    Did you consider a Peavey Delta Blues as another option? Tweedish, also 15", with verb and trem (i think), and probably more common.
     
  7. Gutch220

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    it's about double the price though
     
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    Cool amp
     
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    I had one, it was cool and i probably should have kept it. Single 6V6 amps that ive had were all around 5 or 6 watts.
     

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