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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: 1985 - Current / Ramparte Redux: Anyone here still playing one?

reverend mikey
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May 31st, 2016 11:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a line locally on a Ramparte for a very nice price - $169 (or likely a bit less).

Anyone here still playing one? I'm not as interested as what you think of the tones (I have ears to decide that for myself); I am curious to know how it's holding up ... any QC issues, also, have you modded it, including tube & speaker changes, and how did those mods improve the amp, if at all?

Thanks, guys... hope this amp is still where I saw it next Monday - that's when I'll be able to swing by and get it if I don't hear too much negative chatter here..

Pinetree
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Jun 1st, 2016 01:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I changed the tubes, played it a bunch.

It's got a small tube rattle that I could never figure out.

But it just sits.

Not a bad amp, but play if first if you can.



kego
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Jun 1st, 2016 02:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I don't have a Ramparte, but I bought a Vaporizer for 180.00 to leave at the drummer's studio. It's a great amp for what it is. I could definitely gig with it if I wanted too.

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Jun 3rd, 2016 12:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use a Ramparte for gigging and rehearsing. For smaller gigs unmic'ed; for bigger gigs mic'ed. I think of it as being a two channel hopped up tweed Champ. Not everyone's idea of a good amp but I love the sound and the simplicity. Other guitarists ask "What is it?" all the time and they are surprised to find out it is a 9 watt class A amp.

I swapped speakers with my DRRI. The Jensen C12K makes the amp louder and gives my Ramparte a bit more tight bottom.

It isn't a sparkly amp by any means, and the fixed tone stack rolls off the boomy portion of the bass range. Works fine for older rock and jazz. The Hot channel has a Tube Screamer-type mid hump, thus less low end than the cool side.

I've used an ABY box and a graphic EQ pedal to tweak the Hot channel for a different sound.

$169 is a very good price. I paid $325 for my floor model two years ago.

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Jun 3rd, 2016 04:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I've used an ABY box and a graphic EQ pedal to tweak the Hot channel for a different sound."

Who said that amp's not footswitchable!
Clever work-around!

I presume it has no problem with both inputs simultaneously plugged in then?

Twangmeister
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Jun 3rd, 2016 08:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I presume it has no problem with both inputs simultaneously plugged in then?"

No, they are both in phase.


Mick Reid
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Jun 4th, 2016 01:14 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"No, they are both in phase."

Most excellent!

reverend mikey
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Jun 4th, 2016 01:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Twangmeister,

Thanks for the real world review. I appreciate the comment about the lack of sparkle - I'll have to play it with a couple of my guitars (single coil & humbucker) to see what I think. (I played one a bit when they first came out, but the $400 price kept me gun shy).

Thanks for the comment about speaker swap, too. Did that give it a bit more high end? more refinement?

Now I won't be able to check it out until next week (a week from this coming Monday). But ... that means if it's still there, they might be willing to come down even a bit more on the price (hey I'm not greedy, right?!).



Twangmeister
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Jun 5th, 2016 05:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I played one a bit when they first came out, but the $400 price kept me gun shy"

Same thing happened to me--the guys at the local music store kept encouraging me to buy it but at $399 it was too pricey. It stayed on the floor for over a year before the marked it down.

The speaker swap to that C12K made the amp sound a little smoother in both low and top end, but it really didn't add brightness. Of course the C12K is not a bright speaker. My Ramparte sounds a bit more hi-fi than my brown Excelsior but is not mid-scooped by any means. But there is a certain Class A tweed Champ fatness in the tone even at lower volume levels that I really like. This was present with both the stock and replacement speaker.

Oddly enough I like the Ramparte's speaker in my DRRI. Sonically it reminds me of the Utah/Fender Special Design speakers that came with my '68 Twin Reverb and '68 Bassman.

(This message was last edited by Twangmeister at 07:49 PM, Jun 5th, 2016)

Pinetree
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Jun 14th, 2016 12:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

We're waiting...




reverend mikey
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Jun 16th, 2016 06:46 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The amp has a definite midrange "honk" to it; might be desirable for some things (harmonica?), but not to me. Highs are also very muted unless playing a Strat/other single coil with low powered pickups.

I got to "borrow" the amp from the store since my Mesa Express Plus is in the shop for repairs under warranty (that's another story); so I'll be returning it next week and not looking back.

Like I said, it may have it's uses, but I think it may also qualify as the worst sounding Fender amp ever released... but again, that's just one guys opinion.

Pinetree
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Jun 16th, 2016 09:39 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah, mine doesn't get used much.


Then again, there's some serious competition in the pile o' amps at Casa Pine.



Iversen

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Jul 15th, 2016 06:29 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I spent a week playing country music using a Thinline and the Ramparte I bought a while ago. I used a reverb pedal for good measure and it was all good. I also got a chance to dime it, something I haven't done a home because it's really, really loud!

I was thinking about selling it because I don't really use it too much, but this week convinced me otherwise.

I have to disagree with Reverend Mikey, It is far from being the worst sounding Fender amp ever - Fender has made some solid state amps that are just terrible.


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