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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: 1985 - Current / The Prosonic Club: Classy Fender clean to full out shred, with the press of a button!!!

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Nov 2nd, 2002 09:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

I thought I'd try to start one up.

We'll never catch up with the likes of other great clubs. But I think we deserve one as well.

Let's here from you all!!!

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I may be short but I'm intense
Nov 3rd, 2002 03:21 AM   Edit   Profile  

Buns in. I've got a Prosonic and think it's great. I was wondering if anybody was ever going to start one of these threads.


The Netherlands

Nov 3rd, 2002 03:53 AM   Edit   Profile  

At last night's gig, the guest guitar player turned up with a red Prosonic identical to mine. A closer look revealed our amps were made in consecutive months of 1996. It was great to hear that incredible tone coming from both sides of the stage this time.
What a classic amp! I'm sure in fifteen years time the Prosonic will play a prominent role in the FDP's "Fender Amps: Vintage (before 2000)" Forum.



Nov 3rd, 2002 07:49 AM   Edit   Profile  

Whitespew?, Is it safe?

I love my prosonic. Class A clean with the volume around 6 or 7 gives you that naural tube distortion that cuts so well. I like the dirty in class a/b. There is so much versatility to this amp it is rather unfortunate that fender stopped making them. Mine was built in 1996 and yes mine has the reverb hum and the channel pop but it really doesn't bother me. This amp is a classic and will be in my mine till the day I die.


The Netherlands

Nov 4th, 2002 03:05 AM   Edit   Profile  

Davids_tone, in case you didn't know, that infamous Prosonic reverb-hum is pretty easy to cure, even by yourself if you're handy with a soldering iron. You can find the official Fender tech notes at Blue Guitar. Click on Schematics and Links and scroll down to Fender.


contour body lover

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Fell in love with that shape
Nov 4th, 2002 06:17 AM   Edit   Profile  

Sign me in.



That's how I escpaed my certain fate
Nov 4th, 2002 11:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

There was a Prosonic Club quite a while ago, let's see if we can keep this one going. Here's a question for people with more experience than I: everyone talks about how the Prosonic has a classic blackface fender sound. Would an amp like a Super Reverb reissue be considered as having the same sound? Now my other problem: when i play through SRs, I usually plug in a Tele w/single-coils, and at home i have a 72 thinline with humbuckers. is this causing the difference in clean sound, or is it something about the amps themselves? thanks for any insight.



Nov 4th, 2002 11:29 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'm not sure if I agree that it has the blackface fender sound. Sure it has that non-disputable fender clean tone, but it's unique compared to the other fender amps.

(This message was last edited by JeffFlowerday at 11:29 AM, Nov 4th, 2002)

contour body lover

around somewhere

Fell in love with that shape
Nov 5th, 2002 06:01 AM   Edit   Profile  

Peghead wrote somewhere else that the Prosonic has a tone thatīs closer to the Vox AC30 than to any other Fender amp. I agree - a friend of mine has an AC30, and both amps are pretty similar in tone indeed. In fact, I had to take my Prosonic to the tech last month, and meanwhile played trhough a mateīs Hot Rod Deluxe. Not that this is a bad sounding amp, but I found difficult to set my tone on it. Too much trebly, IMO (and consider that I play indie stuff and use single coils).



Let's ROCK!
Nov 6th, 2002 11:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'm loving my Prosonic combo more every day. Recently, I've been discovering the great medium gain settings. I'm primarily a rocker, and the Prosonic can certainly do that, but I've been working on my blues chops lately, and there are some classic blues to blues/rock tones to be had. The secret to this amp, which those who dismiss it have failed to discover, lies in running the active tone controls low. The bass "woofs" out if you turn it above 3. I set it around 2 1/4, then set the treble for the right amount of cut, usually just under 3. The mid I don't find to change the tone much. It's more of an additional volume knob. I've heard people laugh at those who talk about setting knobs at like, 2.75 or 2.9, but there is a whole lot of cut and boost in that neighborhood on the Prosonic. So I've had the tone knobs around there, gain 1 on 3.75 and gain 2 on 4, and it's classic rock city! Like a Plexi on ten...sort of. But you gotta' get that master up around three or more also for the additional singing power amp grind, which also takes any unwanted "buzziness" out. If you ever doubted the Prosonic, then try these settings, and then you'll KNOW!



Let's ROCK!
Nov 6th, 2002 02:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

Oh yeah, I also put all new Electro-Harmonix preamp tubes in there, which really smoothed out the distortion as well as added a little more gain, which of course, the Prosonic doesn't really need. I've got a matched pair of Svetlana 6L6's that I'll eventually put in and rebias. But for now, it sounds SOOOOOOO good.



Shut up and play your guitar!
Nov 6th, 2002 09:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've owned my Prosonic for 3 months and use it at my jam sessions with some friends. Sounds great and just gets really great clean below 4 and great dirt after 4.5.

The second chanel is gain-esville!!! I love playing Sabbath, Zepp and Cream on it.

I'm glad they discontinued them. Makes me even hasppier I own one and you most won't have one or find one!

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Nov 7th, 2002 12:46 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'm a brand new Prosonic owner as well, only had it out to one reheasal, actually the test drive before buying, and was blown away by the tone, versatility, and power.
This was with all the original tubes as well. The amp doesn't look like it's seen much action though so the tubes are probably still pretty fresh.
I'll probably end up retubing with JJ's as per David & Jeff.
Has anyone tried Svet 6L6's in thiers?

Naked Clarke


Nov 7th, 2002 11:53 AM   Edit   Profile  

Mine is a combo that I bought during the close out sale last year. I installed all new tubes. I also replaced the green pilot jewel with a traditional red one and replaced the chicken head knobs on the front panel with white barrel knobs from the early '60s. (It has a much better look this way). Tried reissue Jensen P10Rs in it very briefly. Much too thin so I put the Celestions back in.




Nov 7th, 2002 12:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

Dave has a set of Svets on the way. Hopefully they will be cold enough to handle the prosonic. I'm sure he'll let you know how they turn out.

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Nov 7th, 2002 09:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

JF, I've never heard of those, I'm interested to hear how they sound.
I have a 12AY7 in the first stage of the Bassman reissue and it makes a real nice difference.
I've also used 12AU7's quite a bit, but they really cut the gain.
those sound like a great combo.
Did you get your Bassman yet?



Nov 8th, 2002 09:35 AM   Edit   Profile  

Bassman should be in today.


Thirty Foot Smurfs

Nov 8th, 2002 11:35 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've had my Prosonic head for about 2 years now. I run it through my Marshall 1960A 4x12 and it sounds great. My other guitarist liked it so much he bought a Prosonic head and Marshall 1960A 4x12 also.

However, I only use the clean channel around 3 1/2. For gain, I use an Ibanez Turbo Tubescreamer, this setup rocks.

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Nov 8th, 2002 11:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

Do I smell a brand new Bassman?
How'd you make out, are they making you wait for it?



Nov 9th, 2002 05:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

Got my Bassnman. Now I have the ultimate combination. Prosonic + Bassman = TONE

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