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Slacktone Dave seen to be sporting a couple Exclesiors here. I can't hear any unwanted noises, i wonder if they'd cut past Dusty's kit without the PA.

Malc

Would love to grab one of these but I am broke as a joke. Wronski makes everything sound good though, don't be fooled. Smile haha - Gotta try it for ourselves. Seems cool though, that 15 incher has gotta put out some decent volume.

crumble wrote:

Slacktone Dave seen to be sporting a couple Exclesiors
here. I can't hear any unwanted noises, i wonder if
they'd cut past Dusty's kit without the PA.

Hmmm and is that a 50th anni Jag I spy? All the latest toys. Was the jag going through the two excelsior amps in that clip I wonder?

He who dies with the most tubes... wins

Surf Daddies

tubeswell wrote:

crumble wrote:

Slacktone Dave seen to be sporting a couple
Exclesiors
here. I can't hear any unwanted noises, i wonder if
they'd cut past Dusty's kit without the PA.

Hmmm and is that a 50th anni Jag I spy? All the latest
toys. Was the jag going through the two excelsior amps
in that clip I wonder?

It looks like it, one of amps is mic'd up and the 3 other non Excelsior amps seem to be turned off.

Malc

I can't wait to try out one of these Excelsiors. I've been looking for a lower watt amp, and have always wanted something with tube tremolo. I'm thinking this will fit the bill nicely.

It would be nice if it had reverb built in, but I'm thinking of getting a tank anyway, so I guess it's not a big deal.

I do sound for an accordion swamp rock band. The accordion player used an old Magnatone for a few years, but it was too hard to keep running. I'm thinking he might love one of these too. The biggest reason he loved the Magnatone was the trem on it. I'm sure he'd be happy to see an accordion input on there, and he does play guitar, and occasionally use a mic on some of his accordions. This could be the best fit for something like that.

Another cool video on the Excelsior.

How many guitars are enough?

Just one more...

Monument Music

I can't believe the Excelsior is only $299. They're on preorder at MF and GC

Shawn Martin
http://www.drummerman.net
http://www.youtube.com/GKacedrummerman
http://www.facebook.com/drumuitar

Hi everyone¡¡¡
Here you have a new video of the Fender Excelsior Frankfurt Musikmesse....
And for my taste, it sounds awful ....¡¡¡

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Odkouq1N5ZM

With this video the only thing I got is that I despair of impatience ... because I have asked Thomann (along with some cables, sets of strings, picks, etc ....) since February .... and second places in your website will be available for the May 30 ....

My God¡¡¡ I have yet to wait two more months ....¡¡¡

Well .... I guess it will be worth the wait ..... but I'll go completely craaaaaazyyyyy¡¡¡ ...... heh, heh, heh¡¡¡

A hug from Spain¡¡¡

Ripley1046 wrote:

I can't wait to try out one of these Excelsiors. I've been looking for a lower watt amp, and have always wanted something with tube tremolo. I'm thinking this will fit the bill nicely.

It would be nice if it had reverb built in, but I'm thinking of getting a tank anyway, so I guess it's not a big deal.

I do sound for an accordion swamp rock band. The accordion player used an old Magnatone for a few years, but it was too hard to keep running. I'm thinking he might love one of these too. The biggest reason he loved the Magnatone was the trem on it. I'm sure he'd be happy to see an accordion input on there, and he does play guitar, and occasionally use a mic on some of his accordions. This could be the best fit for something like that.

Another cool video on the Excelsior.

Holy shit that is Ziggie's in that video! Very cool.

i love that video. The harp player that comes in kills me...dohhhhhh!

Shawn Martin
http://www.drummerman.net
http://www.youtube.com/GKacedrummerman
http://www.facebook.com/drumuitar

great video

Hello again¡¡¡

I add two videos over the Fender Excelsior .... Also at the Frankfurt Musikmesse 2012.
In the two videos Fender Excelsior is used to make a review of the Fender American Standard Stratocaster and the Fender American Standard Telecaster:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hxg4kGHn ... ure=relmfu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzBzKowawn0

Regards¡¡

Excuse....
I incorrectly put the video link of the American Standard Stratocaster .... this is correct:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hxg4kGHnEAo&feature=relmfu

Got mine today. Only got to play it for a short time, but it seems ok for an inexpensive amp (cost me $261 at MF after discount). Nice sounds at low volume, but it distorts too quickly as you turn the volume up. Tremolo is smooth, but wish it was footswitchable.

www.reverbnation.com/thehighfidelics

ebrobston wrote:

Tremolo is smooth, but wish it was footswitchable.

Probably an easy mod, if someone had a schematic handy for one of these (but you might want to wait 12 months so you don't void the warranty).

He who dies with the most tubes... wins

Surf Daddies

ebrobston wrote:

Got mine today. Only got to play it for a short time, but it seems ok for an inexpensive amp (cost me $261 at MF after discount). Nice sounds at low volume, but it distorts too quickly as you turn the volume up. Tremolo is smooth, but wish it was footswitchable.

Hello ebroston¡¡¡
Would be nice that when you experience a bit more with the Fender Excelsior currents us your impressions when it comes to sound, etc ....... at least I would be very grateful ......
I have to settle and wait until late May or early June to have my Fender Excelsior ..... because in Europe will be in stores until then .....
I have done my preorder at Thomann .... but according to details in your website will not be available until May 30 ......
I hope not to go crazy until then ..... he, he, he¡¡¡¡

You have some photos I found of the circuitry of the Fender Excelsior.....:

http://www.massstreetmusic.com/store/sh ... l-Tube-Amp

I think it would be a good idea if there is an expert who knows anything about wiring amp and circuits,we discuss the first impressions that will transmit the photos at a glance .....

Greetings from Spain¡¡¡

Sorry ... I put the wrong link ..... My apologies ... it's the second time I spend in this topic:

http://www.massstreetmusic.com/store/show_item/5566-Fender-reg--Excelsior-Pawn-Shop-Special-Tube-Amp

OK, folks... here's how it went down. When the organizer for the Fender booth at NAMM told me it would be great if I used a couple of the new Excelsior amps that only cost like $300.... I knew I better go there the day before and check to see if I could get any tone out of these. I thought maybe they would be a dark sounding dirt box, but was pleasantly surprised that, if not pushed too hard, they have a nice, big sound with lots of fidelity. In the video, I'm using two Excelsiors. They were loud enough that Dusty asked me to move the inside one away from him a bit. I used a reissue Fender Reverb Unit, tube Echoplex, with a special Mid-Bass cut box I have {cuts, actually time aligns 160hz to clean up the problematic frequency in any guitar amp}that allowed me to be a little bit louder, and cleaner, then, Y'd to the two Excelsiors.

The Vibrato is really great, two. A footswitch with a sync cable for a two amp setup would be cool. This amp looks great, and sounds good stock. People that demo it seem to want to push it into ZZ Top territory, but it worked for a Slacktone set without me being concerned about sound, and all was well. The video's sound is not that great, but maybe you can still get an idea.

I work for "F****r" but I'm giving my real opinion. YMMV

I hate you! Now I have to buy this amp! Wink
And I wanted to get a Mustang III first. Well, both on the list now.
Would you mind giving us more info about the cut-box? I'm very interested.
...sorry to go off topic here...

The Hicadoolas

Regarding the mid-bass cut box... For guitar, the cut frequency is 160hz, which is the first octave of the E string fundamental which is 80hz. 160hz is center of the "mud" sound. When this frequency is balanced/controlled in relation to the rest of the low freq., the sound cleans up, and the outcome is that you hear the really low freq., and you are able to turn the amp up in volume without the muddy sound. I've been told it actually time-aligns the 1st octave 160hz bump.

It's made by John Kinder, amp genius that I've worked with since the '70s.
http://www.kinder-instruments.com/midbasscut.htm

You can get a version for bass that controls 140hz. Pete Curry {Los Straightjackets} uses one of those frequently in his studio.

So, this is why I brought it for use with these low-powered amps. As another benefit, you can use it as a buffer so you can drive two amps using a "Y" adaptor. ~ dave

Still exploring it. Sounds great at low volume, EXCEPT there is an incredibly annoying sympathetic buzzing from somewhere within the preamp section. Like something in there is not secured tightly enough. I am hopeful that someone wiser in amp-ways will also experience this problem and come up with a simple solution.

www.reverbnation.com/thehighfidelics

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