#1
Hey peeps. Right now I'm using a cute little Fender Pawn Shop-era Excelsior amp. The specs are as follows:

• 13 Watts of output power
• 15" Special Design speaker
• Two 6V6 output tubes, Two 12AX7 preamp tubes
• GTR, Microphone, and Accordion inputs, each with individually optimized circuitry

So it's a fun little amp. The only problem is that it rattles like crazy at certain volumes and frequencies. I've done everything I can to fix it (pretty universal problem, lots of threads out there complaining about the same thing), but I think I'm just going to spring for an a proper jazz amp instead of a boutique novelty piece.

I'm looking for an amp that has a warm, rich, full-sounding tone. I don't need a thousand features, built-in reverb, multiple inputs, etc. I just need an amp that can project jazz and rock in a way that doesn't sound too shiny, bright, or tinny. Also, I don't want to spend more than $400. Does anyone have any recommendations for which brands are known for making this type of amp? I've heard Vox makes what I'm looking for, but I want to ask you guys.

Thanks!
#2
Carvin Nomad/Belair. Peavey Classic series. Those are solid options in the price range you are working with. Used market is your friend.
Gear: Gibson Les Paul Studio, Gibson SG Special, Fender Stratocaster, Fender Telecaster, Fender Jazzmaster, Gretsch Pro Jet, Carvin C350, Epiphone ES-339 P90, Epiphone ES-335 Pro. Peavey 6505, Sovtek MIG-100, Vox AC30, Peavey XXX.
#3
Another option, if you really like how your Excelsior amp sounds, is to look into a proper 1x15 guitar cabinet and modify/chop the excelsior into a head. From what I have read on your amp is that the rattle is an overall cab design issue. Seems like no amount of tightening or loosening of screws helps prevent that problem in the ones that rattle.

Going this route makes it so that you can run the excelsior into a number of different cabinets.
Gear: Gibson Les Paul Studio, Gibson SG Special, Fender Stratocaster, Fender Telecaster, Fender Jazzmaster, Gretsch Pro Jet, Carvin C350, Epiphone ES-339 P90, Epiphone ES-335 Pro. Peavey 6505, Sovtek MIG-100, Vox AC30, Peavey XXX.
#4
^ yeah. i had one and returned it because it rattled. some people seemed to get lucky and managed to fix it, but not everyone. fwiw when i ran mine through a different speaker the rattle disappeared, so the separate cab idea might be worth trying if you really like it apart from the rattle. just be careful, you can sometimes end up spending more than would just buy you a better amp trying to fix cheapish stuff...
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