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Old August 29th, 2013, 04:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Fender Pawn Shop Special Ramparte

New Pawn Shop amp:

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/Ramparte


A Wonderfully Unique Combo Amp from Fender's Pawn Shop

Designed for Fender's Pawn Shop Special Series, the Ramparte 1 x 12" combo amp has an undeniably distinctive character. This all-tube combo sports a "cool" channel that ranges from classic warm, clean FENDERŪ tone to just a bit edgy. The "hot" channel boasts a wide range of overdrive, everything from singing to screaming. Best of all you can either rock with the 12" Special Design speaker, or connect your favorite 8-ohm speaker cabinet. Either way, you're primed for unique tone with the Ramparte combo amp.

Fender Pawn Shop Special Ramparte Tube Combo at a Glance:
- Retro-inspired vibe
- All-tube, Class A guitar tones
- Juice your tone with a boutiquey vibe

Retro-inspired vibe

The Fender Pawn Shop Special Ramparte exudes a retro-vibe from its cosmetics to its tones. The textured, two-tone fabric covering and wheat grille cloth is reminiscent of vintage furniture and console stereos. It just looks like it's going to sound cool. The old-school leather handle and chicken head knobs finish off the retro theme of the Fender Pawn Shop Special Ramparte.

All-tube, Class A guitar tones

You'll love the fat tone of the Class A Fender Pawn Shop Special Ramparte. Powered by a single 6L6 tube with two 12AX7 preamp tubes, the Ramparte delivers all-tube tone. This 2-channel combo delivers a wide range of tones for an style of player. The "Cool" channel delivers warm, cleans to moderately gritty crunch. The "Hot" channel picks up at gritty and goes all the way to dimed overdrive. Fender's Pawn Shop Special Ramparte is an all-tube combo with a definite attitude.

Juice your tone with a boutiquey vibe

One of the things that separates us guitarists from other musicians is our appreciation for real analog. Analog tone circuits, sure - but also good old-fashioned mechanics. The physical interaction of a valve amp with a speaker cone. Fender gets it (of course they do) - that's why they design and build such wonderful tone candy. Add a fresh, unconventional vibe to your music with the Fender Pawn Shop Special Ramparte.

Fender Pawn Shop Special Ramparte Tube Combo Features:
- 2-channel tube amp with distinctive, retro-inspired styling and sound
- Custom-voiced 12" Special Design Ramparte Speaker
- Cool channel is voiced from warm and clean to mildly gritty
- Hot Channel delivers killer overdrive tones
- 9-watt tube amp powered by a single 6L6 power tube
- Preamp section houses 2 x 12AX7 tubes
- Vintage leather strap and chicken head knobs contribute to the retro vibe


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Old August 29th, 2013, 05:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hmmm....

Just two volume controls, one for each channel. I am sure it will sound wonderful, but I am saving my nickels for a Ceriatone.
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Old August 29th, 2013, 05:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
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OK, the "Cool" volume goes to 9 and the "Hot" volume goes to 16? Someone's having a bit of fun. Possibly the same person in the Pawn Shop department that does not like tone stacks.

And let's hear a few details on the speaker. $400 for a 9 watt amp and maybe you have to spend another $100 for a speaker upgrade? The "Special Design" 15 in the Excelsior was an immediate candidate for an upgrade.
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Would it have killed them to have a switch between channels? I don't see any mention of a foot switch. And did they give up on tone controls? Excelsior, now this?
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OK, the "Cool" volume goes to 9 and the "Hot" volume goes to 16? Someone's having a bit of fun.
Cuz it's Hot!
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Old August 29th, 2013, 05:33 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Another Hmmn here too. I actually like the styling better than the Excelsior and actually like the styling better than most offerings out there for $400.00. The truth'll be in the tone though and if it'll need more $$$ sunk into it in the form of mods.
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With verb I'd be interested, tone or no tone. Without verb, eh.

Also, U-G-L-Y.
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Old August 29th, 2013, 05:37 PM   #8 (permalink)
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They just blew Spinal Tap out of the water. This one goes to 16!!!
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Old August 29th, 2013, 05:46 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Nice, but I'm saving my $$ for when the drip edge '68 Custom Deluxe Reverb hits the streets.
Sorry Fender, just too many cool amps at once.....I can't keep up!
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I'm going to reserve my opinion until I actually HEAR the amp, with my guitar running through it. Hopefully I can try a floor model before end of year.

It might be great, it might be meh...can't tell at all from a few pics though!!!
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Would it have killed them to have a switch between channels? I don't see any mention of a foot switch. And did they give up on tone controls? Excelsior, now this?
All you need is an A-B switch to switch between the channels. Tone control? We don't need no stinkin tone control! Do you have a tone control on your guitar? Ok then!

Is there another 2 channel all tube combo with a 12" speaker for $399 new?
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I really like watching the news From fender there days. There are new things comming all the time!

I would like to test drive one of these and the new silver face modded amps.
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Is it just me, or does it look like Fender took a bit of inspiration from old Gibson GA70 amps?
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Needs to lose the logo, a new grill cloth and be retolexed. But i'm interested in what it might sound like. A bigger bottled/12" Pro Junior might be more interesting.
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All you need is an A-B switch to switch between the channels. Tone control? We don't need no stinkin tone control! Do you have a tone control on your guitar? Ok then!

Is there another 2 channel all tube combo with a 12" speaker for $399 new?
Special 6 Ultra Combo, depending on your definition of two "channel".

Speaking of which, I wonder if Hot is cascaded into Cool with a shorting jack to mute the extra gain stage?

Without reverb or an effects loop and two 12ax7s it may be a true two channels.

Still can't wait to play it, love me some single 6l6.

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The Special 6 is a 6 watter, could just be a rating difference but 9 watts through a 1x12 'might' be just enough to play with a drummer/full band..

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Interesting niche... single 6L6
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It certainly looks nice, but this is one I'd definitely want to try before buying.
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Needs to lose the logo, a new grill cloth and be retolexed. But i'm interested in what it might sound like. A bigger bottled/12" Pro Junior might be more interesting.
It might be but this doesn't sound like that.. Pro jr. = single channel, tone control, push-pull EL84 amplifier.
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Would it have killed them to have a switch between channels? I don't see any mention of a foot switch. And did they give up on tone controls? Excelsior, now this?
Get an A/B switch and drive it like 2 amps maybe?
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