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    Default Fender Excelsior Mods

    Can the Fender Excelsior be modded to a 5E9 Tremolux Circuit?

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    Default Re: Fender Excelsior Mods

    It could be but you're talking about gutting the entire amp and starting with an empty chassis.

    You'd be better off just getting a 5E9 kit or building one form scratch.
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    Default Re: Fender Excelsior Mods

    Quote Originally Posted by the guy who invented fire View Post
    It could be but you're talking about gutting the entire amp and starting with an empty chassis.

    You'd be better off just getting a 5E9 kit or building one form scratch.
    Good Grief.
    How long has the OP owned the amp.?
    Are you just wanting to have the option of Trem when you play, or are you actually wanting a 5E9A trem circuit.?
    As mentioned above, you are probably starting with the wrong phase inverter and lacking at least 1 triode. Throw in the PCB of your Excelsior, and you would no doubt be looking at a gut job (unless, maybe, you are REAL good).
    I have heard lots of compliments about your amp, especially after a new speaker.
    Does the Excelsior trem sound kind of Weak/Cheap to you.?
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    Default Re: Fender Excelsior Mods

    I think the only two mods it needs are a pot in place of the lo/hi switch and a better speaker.

    Here's a couple popular mods for the lo/hi switch being sold on Ebay.
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/BITMO-EXCELE...item1e70f46cdb
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Alnicomagnet...item3ccb399d1f

    If I buy one eventually, I'll probably drop one of these Eminence Patriot Commonwealth speakers in it.
    http://www.eminence.com/speakers/spe...ommonwealth_15
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    Default Re: Fender Excelsior Mods

    Three mods: Tone knob, better speaker, and they really should've sent that amp with a footswitch for the trem... so yeah, a footswitch for the trem.

    Then it's the perfect little modern mass-produced Chinese recreation of our own culture being sold back to us. I mean retro all-tube guitar combo.
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