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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: 1985 - Current / NAD - '90's Concert Amp

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olde New England

If you can't play good, play loud
Aug 23rd, 2016 05:22 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I was looking for a 50-60 watt blackface-ish combo with good headroom to replace my CVR. I found a '95 era (post-Rivera) Concert Amp on Reverb last week and finally arrived yesterday. My first impression is, although it's more compact than my CVR, it's a heavy sumbitch! By the specs it's only 4 pounds heavier, but it feels alot more!
I plugged in my Strat and Tele and turned it up to 3. Plenty loud! Nice, punchy and resonant at that volume. According to the manual, it's voiced like a '59 Bassman, which is not what I was looking for. But it has a pull bright switch which adds that blackface chime. Reverb can get nice and surfy.
I got the chance to to a good comparo with my other amps - Bandmaster VM, CVR, Super Champ XD, and even my s.s. Deluxe 112 - just to see where it fit into the spectrum. The Bandmaster definitely has more sparkle - maybe because it's a s.s. preamp. But the Concert seems to have alot more volume - more than I expected from just a 20 watt difference between them. The CVR is both tighter due to the 2-10's, and darker with it's Vibroverb circuit, but the reverb is comparable. The SCXD has more of a Princeton/Champ thing going on, even with the 12" speaker. The Concert 1-12" is a much "bigger" and resonant sound, probably due to the larger cabinet. It kind of puts the SCXD in its place as a practice amp. I might even swap the SCXD back into the 10" cab to have even more contrast. The Deluxe 112, which I consider fairly comparable to a Deluxe Reverb in a s.s. way, is brighter and spankier, but also sounds "smaller" as well. After practicing with the Concert at home all week, I went to band rehearsal using my Vibroverb and right away noticed the darker tone of that amp compared with the Concert. I think it has that blackface tone I wanted.

I wasn't expecting alot from the gain channel, but used sparingly, I can get a nice lead tone and sustain from it. I don't normal use alot of dirt, but it will do the edge of distortion thing just fine. Kind of reminds me of my 5E3 Deluxe clone, but maybe not quite as primitive.

I've got some more experimenting to do before I bring it to the practice space, but I could see this thing becoming my main gigging amp. Although I would miss that Bandmaster closed back cab!

(This message was last edited by swampyankee at 11:51 AM, Aug 31st, 2016)

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