PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location at the Fender Visitor Center for an exclusive first look at Fender's first ever signature amp line. Listen to the EC Vibro-Champ, EC Tremolux, and EC Twinolux in our demo. All three amps are handmade in the United States (watch our video of one being made inside the factory), with interesting mods under the hood specified by Clapton himself. These include a ’50s-era output tube bias tremolo circuit (which produces a more throbbing pulse than later Fender tremolo circuits) and a switchable power attenuator that reduces speaker output (and can disable one speaker in EC Twinolux for even lower output). Vibro-Champ MSRP $1,399 (MAP $999) Tremolux MSRP $2,799.99 (MAP $1,999) Twinolux MSRP $4,199.99 (MAP $2,999)



PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location at the Fender Visitor Center for an exclusive first look at Fender's first ever signature amp line. Listen to the EC Vibro-Champ, EC Tremolux, and EC Twinolux in our demo.

All three amps are handmade in the United States (watch our video of one being made inside the factory), with interesting mods under the hood specified by Clapton himself. These include a ’50s-era output tube bias tremolo circuit (which produces a more throbbing pulse than later Fender tremolo circuits) and a switchable power attenuator that reduces speaker output (and can disable one speaker in EC Twinolux for even lower output).

Vibro-Champ MSRP $1,399 (MAP $999)
Tremolux MSRP $2,799.99 (MAP $1,999)
Twinolux MSRP $4,199.99 (MAP $2,999)

My years-long search for the “right” Bigsby-outfitted box finally paid off. Now how do I make this sumbitch work in my band?

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Marty Stuart

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