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Old September 7th, 2013, 03:27 PM   #61 (permalink)
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Apparently the build quality is excellent!! I'm buying one cause I like amps that look like furniture... :-)

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Old September 7th, 2013, 04:20 PM   #62 (permalink)
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At last somebody is saying what it is. And who has experience of the style of vintage originals Ramparte is attempting to recreate.
It's a souped up 5F1 circuit
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Old September 7th, 2013, 04:29 PM   #63 (permalink)
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So it's my understanding that this Fender "Pawn Shop" series is supposed to be the kind of amps from the '30s-'50s that you would see in second hand stores and pawn shops. Mostly old lap steel amps like old Rickenbacher Electros, Magnatone, Oahu, Dickerson, and other odd old amps. I have to say they are doing a good job.
For those complaining about lack of tone stacks, reverb, and other things, go check out some of those old amps. I have a few, and two of the electro amps don't even have a volume or on/off switch. You plug it into the wall and it's on at full 3watt volume.
I think it's a cool amp series, and wouldn't mind owning a few of them myself.
I totally agree with your perspective on this and I like what Fender is doing here. I've got piles of these old amps and they all have something special going on. I hope Fender releases more over time.




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Old September 7th, 2013, 09:59 PM   #64 (permalink)
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Thanks for offering an explanation, cynic79.

does anyone have a different take on it?

a google pic search for "defensive wall" talks a strange language, with Fender in mind. did they mean that?
It may be an American thing.

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Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro' the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watch'd, were so gallantly streaming?
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Old September 8th, 2013, 04:33 PM   #65 (permalink)
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Ramparte.

what's with that name? what does it mean?
I know there's a flick about a corrupt cop...but thats missing the 'e' at the end. can't be that then - so what is it?
If it were "Rampart", I'd say Rampart Street, a famous street in New Orleans, it runs along the north border of the French Quarter. That would make sense musically. Why they stuck the "e" on the end, I don't know.
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If it were "Rampart", I'd say Rampart Street, a famous street in New Orleans, it runs along the north border of the French Quarter. That would make sense musically. Why they stuck the "e" on the end, I don't know.
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Old September 15th, 2013, 01:05 AM   #67 (permalink)
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Just discovered this amp...oh crap.

I'm still in a major honeymoon with my Exy. And they come out with this?! To everyone who bypassed the Exy, there's a reason those amps hit like they did, they're wonderful, to me and the ones who dig that kinda thing anyway(we're growing in numbers daily!). Its gotten me into the old valco/ supro's, Oahu amps, etc., and opened up a whole new world for me. In turn, thats had a major positive impact on my playing. Thank you Fender! Quirks, rattling tubes, tone switch, inefficient speaker and all the Exy is happenin'. I'm hoping this amp stays with the lo-fi thing the Exy has goin on. Its unique. Could a 6L6 achieve this? Admittedly, Im not the biggest 6L6 fan. It's got some mojo just lookin at it though, so that's a good start:)

My problem is that I'm just not ready to get out of my honeymoon with my Exy at the moment:) Think maybe I'll take the thought of someone else post and wait til they start showin up used for cheap. Then again, I could find a reason to run this alongside my Exy and get it sooner:)

Sidenote- I'm also finding I like the tone switch/ no tone approach too. An eq on an amp is just more ways for me to over think my tone and thinking I can always get something more and/or better. I tinker for days when I have one, and drive myself crazy! Haha! Ive learned if the amp is voiced well enough, you can work all your tone shaping in other ways just as or more effectively.

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Old September 15th, 2013, 01:08 AM   #68 (permalink)
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The jury is out on what this amp sounds like. I am curious. I like the fact that it is low wattage. If it isn't all that and a bag of chips I am going to bring the Excelsior home from church and buy the new Vox Night Train G2 combo for the gig and keep the modded Excelsior for my home amp. I really don't have much money tied up in Excelsior mods, so I am happy with it. I just want an amp I can leave at church and one I can play at home.

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Old September 15th, 2013, 03:05 AM   #69 (permalink)
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Old October 5th, 2013, 11:04 PM   #70 (permalink)
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Looks like the same deal as the Mustangs. Mid October. Online sellers are now quoting the next 10-20 days.
zzsounds says the 24th
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gearnuts says the 16th

Still no demo video from Fender though. Or any for that matter.

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Old October 5th, 2013, 11:06 PM   #71 (permalink)
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I set up a Google News alert for Fender Pawnshop Ramparte Demo. I did this for video's only. Usually Google News alerts work really well. I will post when I see one.

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Old October 5th, 2013, 11:10 PM   #72 (permalink)
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I have been extremely satisfied with my Pawnshop Excelsior. I upgraded the speaker to a Legend 1518, put new tubes in it. Used friction tap all over the inside of the chassis and outside the metal conduit and anywhere else the chassis touched the cab. I went through all the screws and used loctite blue and made sure they were secure, and I did the tone control mod with a tone pot instead of the switch. The only other mod I would do is to bypass the sag resistors. It has a great clean sound and has more headroom with the new speaker. Jumpering the sag resistors will give it even more headroom.

I may replace the output transformer with a Bill M direct fit model. Oh, yes, I put in new JJ tubes. Great tone for what I do, which is low volume clean with dirt pedals.

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Old October 5th, 2013, 11:13 PM   #73 (permalink)
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One thing I have done on my pedalboard is the use a Joyo 7 band EQ pedal as the last in the chain going to the amp. I dial out some of the mids and add whatever the room needs. You don't even really need a tone control with an EQ Pedal... That is why the Ramparte looks interesting.... A good plus is that either the Exselcior or Rampart are low wattage enough and cool looking enough to put in your living room without your wife throwing a fit... Your mileage may vary... :-)
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Old October 5th, 2013, 11:20 PM   #74 (permalink)
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Still diggin my Excelsior. Still stock but I may look into the sag resistor mod.

I'm holding off on tube upgrades because my landlord has a bunch of tubes in his dad's garage. I'm going to wait and see what we find...if I can ever get him to actually get over there to look.
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Old October 7th, 2013, 08:24 PM   #76 (permalink)
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Thanks for offering an explanation, cynic79.

does anyone have a different take on it?

a google pic search for "defensive wall" talks a strange language, with Fender in mind. did they mean that?
What was the name of the hospital in the show Emergency?
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Old October 7th, 2013, 08:37 PM   #77 (permalink)
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What was the name of the hospital in the show Emergency?
Apparently 'Rampart General Hospital'
http://www.seeing-stars.com/imagepag...talphoto.shtml



then there's the Rampart scandal...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rampart_scandal



maybe I shouldn't have asked and just take the name as an amp's name.
because i can't make head nor tail of it
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Sounds like poop....so I cleaned the wax out of my ears, then it sounded like dodo...



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Old October 9th, 2013, 05:05 PM   #79 (permalink)
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Most of the sound is the cheap speaker. I can hear it crapping out... With a good speaker in it, it would sound a lot better.

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Old October 9th, 2013, 05:30 PM   #80 (permalink)
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Looks like a cool amp. But I hate lines like this, because it doesn't mean anything:

"Juice your tone with a boutiquey vibe."
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