I love my Danelectro Fish and Chips EQ because it REALLY helps getting various tones from the Excelsior not possible with one tone pot. Set the EQ in a " V " pattern with Level output on 80% or even higher if you want some additional OD effect... not a lot but enough for lots of players. Then final adjust tone with the Excelsior Tone Pot I added. Yes, the standard speaker in the Brown Ex will flab out and is lower volume than a Pro but with the EQ you can nearly notch out the flab with a little work. Still enjoying my amp with both a Strat and a Les Paul covering all the bases I need.