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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: Vintage (before 1985) / Pro Reverb (before 74) or a Super Reverb (before 72) ??


usa metro detroit

Feb 13th, 2017 05:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

Which one and why?

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So. Cal. USA

Feb 15th, 2017 12:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

My personal ownership experience includes both models. '67 Pro Reverb and '67 and a '68 Super Reverb. Of the three I liked the '67 SR the best. It was more articulate and responded to touch/feel better than the other two. Just an outstanding individual example. I gigged the Pro for 25 years or so and just loved it too. It was a bit cleaner with a little more headroom than the Supers. The '68 super was an AB763 circuit example with drip edge cosmetics. It had the famed CTS Alnico speakers. The CTS ceramics in the '67 were a bit tighter sounding and I enjoyed them a bit more.

Other than Twins & Bandmasters, I haven't had any experience with the silver face models from the early 70's. I've worked on many but have not owned them. In the pre master volume slivers there are little electronic changes to the electronics other than the bias circuit. Over all I'd say the earlier pine cabinets sound better than the later particle board cabs.

These are all very decent amps that have a reputation to sound good when well maintained. The Silver face models will cost less than a black face amp but from the audience I don't know that patrons could tell a difference.


usa metro detroit

Feb 18th, 2017 06:21 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks... I posted on another site the same question, gott many replies but yours was what I was looking for.


usa metro detroit

Mar 8th, 2017 06:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

Well I got a Pro Reverb

I picked up a 1974 Pro Reverb (none master volume) going to put some Jensen P12Q's in. Sent it off to my tech to have it black faced.

I also picked up a mint super clean 1975 Twin Reverb. Sent that off to get worked on too. It has a master volume, but with that kind of wattage (85watts) I'll want a master volume... I can always dime the master volume (and hence take the master out of the circuit) and use the volume knob.

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About as ordinary as you can get.
Mar 9th, 2017 08:34 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have played both at gigs but I played a Super Reverb the most. A Super Reverb and an ES-335 is a combination that is hard to beat.
I now own a '65 Pro Reverb and a '69 PR.

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So. Cal. USA

Mar 9th, 2017 10:21 AM   Edit   Profile  

I own a '75 Twin Reverb. It has been blackfaced however I kept the master volume. Works great with the channel and master both at about 5. The preamp side is just beyond starting to warm the thing up at that point. I think you will like it.


usa metro detroit

Mar 9th, 2017 06:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm thinking so Hammond101.

I play mostly Country, Blues and Jazz so I'm really excited about the Twin Reverb. IMO The Twin is the perfect amp for Country and Jazz.. The Pro Reverb should be great for Blues.

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