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Houston, TX

Give me a second to think of something..
Jul 20th, 2008 04:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

Ok, I got one yesterday for 799.00. Also got a new strat, but that's a different thread.

Anyway, I put it through its paces today at rehearsal and here's what I thought:




I have a bunch of amps, and while the PRRI won't take the place of my Tweed Twins or Tweed Deluxe, it is just SO much better than my Blues Junior (Fender's other 15 watter with reverb, so the closest thing to compare it too. I'm still in love with my Pro Junior, but it's a different animal for different applications). I'm on the list (at least I hope I still am!) to have a certain FDP'er do all the mods to my BJr, but criminy...this PRRI is simply a great, great amp.

Is it worth 3-400.00 more than a BJr? Until today I probably would have said no. After today though, I have to say absolutely yes.

Is it worth nearly as much as the DRRI? Again, absolutely yes. It would be worth the same as the DRRI. It's not quite as powerful as the DR, but it's warmer, and the reverb and vibrato are every bit as good. Think a warmer, fuller, but slightly less powerful DRRI.

Wow. Just wow.

Fender hit a home run on this one. Thanks Shane and crew!

I'll try to do an updated review after the glow has worn off, but I really don't see it changing too much.

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Houston, TX

Give me a second to think of something..
Jul 20th, 2008 04:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

Oh yeah, it got a good run both with and without effects - and shined like a diamond in both configurations.

I also played a variety of guitars through it:

Clapton strat
Gibson ES-165 (awesome cranked, but last night I played some jazz through it and wee doggies!)
Classic Series 50's strat
Reverend Jetstream 390 (also last night)

They all were fantastic. I did do a quick adjustment of the treble and bass between a couple of those, but I was amazed at how good the amp made them all sound.


(This message was last edited by kego at 06:06 PM, Jul 20th, 2008)

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S.F. Bay Area

Stay tuned for more Rock and Roll.
Jul 20th, 2008 04:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

Please stop, I just spent my whole bonus on home improvement!

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So Many Guitars, So Little Time
Jul 20th, 2008 04:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

kego, I've had mine for over a month now. I'm not sure just what would be considered the Honeymoon time frame, but I'm even more in love with my PRRI than when I bought it. It has opened up and just makes me smile every time I turn it on. I've logged a lot of time On the PRRI in the last month. What a sweet amp indeed. I'm responsible for three of my friends buying a PRRI.

If I could keep only one amp, it would be the PRRI.

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Jul 20th, 2008 08:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

Right on! Have had mine for a few weeks now, maybe a month. My favorite practice amp for that clean chimey sounds. I have one Super Reverb that sounds better, and one that sounds less good. I do find my good Super to be more dynamic, but the Jensen in the PRRI does this bass thing that is simply fantastic. If I play Hendrix's Wait Until Tomorrow opening when I hit the low E no other amp sounds as defined and clear and great as the Princeton (honest), and I've tried that lick on tons of amps. Good stuff!


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Garden State

Quack addict
Jul 21st, 2008 10:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've been unloading some gear and misc. junk to free up some cash ... for $799 I'm in!

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Mpls, Minnesoooota

I'm 100% unretired
Jul 21st, 2008 11:15 AM   Edit   Profile  

Nice kego, now mod your BJ so we can get an update and comparison.

; )


Texas - USA

Jul 21st, 2008 11:28 AM   Edit   Profile  

I must have gotten a bad PRRI because I' didn't find much to gush about. I have a few old Princetons and they sounded much better than the reissue IMO.

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So Many Guitars, So Little Time
Jul 21st, 2008 12:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

"I must have gotten a bad PRRI because I' didn't find much to gush about. I have a few old Princetons and they sounded much better than the reissue IMO."

It could be a "not so good" PRRI or it could be you have some outstanding old PR's. One of my friends who recently bought a PRRI, has a 1965 Blackface Princeton Reverb that's in excellent condition. He had it retubed and checked out recently. the new PRRI sounds better to both of us.

I'm sure there's good and bad PRRI and vintage PR's out there.

Power Trio


Jul 21st, 2008 02:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

which one are you talking about? the 50 watt Pro Tube PR???? two channel one?

if so yea its a great amp. i bought mine in 04 right before they got discontinued.

if you really want to hear it sing ditch the stock grove tubes and stick in some good tubes

my tech threw in 5881's to give me more break up and twang

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Jul 21st, 2008 06:37 PM   Edit   Profile  

Power Trio,
PRRI=Princeton Reverb ReIssue

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Houston, TX

Give me a second to think of something..
Jul 22nd, 2008 10:19 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yep, the Princeton Reverb Reissue.

(I wondered where this went!)



Jul 23rd, 2008 11:01 AM   Edit   Profile  

Interesting, would the 15W still make it suitable for practice/bedroom volumes?



RonHalen Jokingly He Says
Jul 25th, 2008 09:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

kego, how did it handle overdrives? Just curious as some of the Prince Reverbs got kind of fizzy when pushed with an OD.

customguitars, my opinion is no, but I let it rip anyway because it sounds great and I will put up with a little ear ringing tone.

softail, my 65 Prince has great natural tube overdrive at 8 on the volume. It has a Weber 12F150 25 watt speaker in it. I didn't put this speaker in, but I am not sure I would change anything as this is exceptional. I would like reverb, but maybe I will get a Fender 3 knob reverb at some point.

The PRRI sounds great also, but a different great than my 65 Prince. I also have a 70 Silverface Prince. It is bright sounding where the 65 is mellow and warm which could be the speaker taming it down a bit.

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Vancouver, Canada

Strat® Player Since 1991
Jul 25th, 2008 09:14 AM   Edit   Profile  

customguitars, i'd of thought NO. however the PRRI on 2 is not too loud at all and it sounds really good to me.

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Oct 27th, 2008 12:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

The vintage PRs do vary a lot. I just sold a '67 that didn't have it. Still keeping my early '65 that kills every amp I've ever A/B'd (brown, tweed Deluxes, Deluxe Reverb, tweed Super, etc. From this review I'm glad Fender can still make an amp that sounds good, not surprised it's the PRRI. Maybe some day I'll get the chance to put one along side my '65.

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That chicken

is WRONG, baby.
Jun 28th, 2009 10:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

MF is blowing 'em out at $659. Get 'em while they're in stock, because once they're gone--back to the regular cost of $1059.

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Chicago Suburbs

...Got my mojo leakin'...
Jul 3rd, 2009 02:01 AM   Edit   Profile  

Best Buy matched that price, walked out with it, no shipping worries.

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Santee CA

Aug 2nd, 2009 10:48 AM   Edit   Profile  

I haven’t been able to find a “PRRI quickie”, only the regular PRRI. Please help.

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"Kilroy was here! "
Oct 25th, 2009 06:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

Just bought a new one last week. IT KILLS!!!!

But there are a couple of things it needs:

1) A hardwired power cord. The current detachable cord means another step to get setup. Also, you can't fit the cover over the amp without unplugging the power cord.

2) Should come from factory with 14" tilt back legs standard.

Truly an exceptional amp!


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