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budg
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Aug 15th, 2015 04:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

All I can say is WOW! I was previously using a Blues Jr NOS as my grab n go amp. Decided to check out the new 68 Customs and was blown away as how good they sound.

My biggest concern was the 10 inch speaker, but it sounds bigger than the blues jr and has some nice bass . Great cleans on this and it breaks up really nice and smooth. The reverb on it is just as good as the blackface amps. It makes me look at the blues jr differently now. Its the tone I have been missing.

(This message was last edited by budg at 08:33 PM, Aug 15th, 2015)

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Aug 15th, 2015 09:54 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A PR is my next amp; I just haven't decided whether to look at this Silverface Reissue, a PRRI, or a PTP clone. Thanks for your review of this one!


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olde New England

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Aug 17th, 2015 05:51 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

So what are the sonic differences between a Blues Jr and the PRC anyway? I was ready to pull the trigger on a BJr many times, but always curious whether I'd be better off with a PRRI or Custom.

carsten

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Aug 17th, 2015 09:19 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hi swampyyankee!

You WILL be better off with a PR of any kind ;-)

The BJ is a nice amp and all - but actually, you have to add the "for the money"-bit.

A PR will sound bigger, bolder, as if it was way more amp.

Only two weeks or so ago I was in a music-store and played a new BJ and the ´65 RI and ´68 Custom side-by-side.

I liked the ´68 very much, but the ´65 may be the better choice if you want more clean-volume.


cheers - C.

budg
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Aug 17th, 2015 01:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

carsten is spot on. The princeton shows the Blues jr to be the honk box that it is. The difference is night and day. The blues jr sounds good until you put it against something like the Princeton. The princeton has a ton more bass, more sparkle and just sounds smoother and fuller even though it has a smaller speaker.

(This message was last edited by budg at 04:47 PM, Aug 17th, 2015)

swampyankee
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olde New England

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Aug 18th, 2015 06:38 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hmmm. I had been looking at BJr's for a while, and a fellow guitarist who plays out alot uses a BJr mic'd every time I've seen him play.
I always thought the 10" speaker of the PRRI would be too boxy. I did put together a used Super Champ XD with the whole 12" speaker upgrade. I figured best of both worlds - 15 watt PR-type sound, 12" speaker like the BJr.
It seems to do the trick, but I'm still curious about the Blues Jr. and PRRI comparison, and keep my eye out for a cheap BJr.

Twangmeister
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Aug 18th, 2015 11:13 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A '65 PRRI or '68PRC are on my "to buy" list.

Thought that list was gone after getting a '65 DRRI, Excelsior and a Ramparte.

TweedDogSteve

Canada

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Oct 2nd, 2015 07:26 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My first tube amp was a 1996 MIA tweed BJ. In 2006, I 'graduated' to the new Super Sonic. In 2014, I upgraded (in tone) to the new 68 PRC. I also had the opportunity to have a 65 PRRI side by side to my 68 PRC for 2 months (a young fella wanted to trade his 65 PRRI for my Super Sonic).

I am absolutely stunned at how good and versatile the 68 PRC is ! I thought I was going to lose in versatility by getting rid of the Super Sonic, but the 68 PRC's EQ and 10 inchspeaker are way more responsive.

With the 65 PRRi and 68 PRC side by side for 2 months, my conclusion was that the 65 PRRI was better on clean tones but too "picky" when using OD pedals. I am a big Fuzzface and Boss OD pedals fan and they sound so much better through the 68 PRC. I was also finding that by adding a 9DB boots in the 3.2k frequency on my MXR 6 band EQ, I could get closer to the 65 PRRI's clean tone with the 68 PRC. Therefore, I ended up selling the 65 PRRI.





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Oct 2nd, 2015 08:30 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That is why Billm has made a living modding the Bjr.

His mods really work. That said time your all said and done, there is no cost savings, at least if you start with a new amp.

CurtO

USA

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Oct 4th, 2016 04:00 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've had a BJ for 13 years, got a few of the BillM mods done to it about 10 years ago. A great amp and have been very happy with it. I just picked up a 68 PR Custom and the difference is night and day. I'm so loving the PR that I'm not sure what I'll do with my BJ. I got a great deal on a mint 68 Custom PR with the stock speaker and a Celestion Gold 10. Haven't even installed the Celestion Gold yet. Thought I'd play the stock speaker for awhile to see if the $175 gold is that much better.

spacedawg
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Oct 4th, 2016 04:54 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hey Swampy - Did you try your SC xd with the 10" speaker? Better sound than the 12 IMHO and comes " close" to the PRRI. If $ is an issue...

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