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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: 1985 - Current / so kill me im a rebel

Tony F

Long Island, NY

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Dec 22nd, 2017 04:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

The more expensive Fender amps are not necessarily better.
After owning a 68 Princeton and 65 PRRI I went back to using a Blues Junior. Here's my take the 68 can't be played much above bedroom level with any clean headroom while the 65 is super clean and pretty but spikey highs at louder levels lacking any grind or mids. Now that said the build quality and design on the PR's is great and the junior is a much cheaper amp that would be more likely to act up but it sure sounds better to this old dude.
I owned a real BF Princeton with a 12 inch JBL and that amp was all about the breakup the 65RI has a harsh un musical breakup with no comparison Just my 2 cents..

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Dec 22nd, 2017 05:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

Nothing wrong with liking what you like. All our ears and needs are different and often change from day to day.

I have a 65 PRRI and a Carr Mercury, but lately I've been preferring an Orange Micro Terror through a Carvin 1x12 with a Celestion V-30.

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Dec 23rd, 2017 05:50 AM   Edit   Profile  

Having owned both, I think the HR Deville 4x10 sounds a lot better than the '59 Bassman RI, particularly when playing live.

I've noticed the Fender HR series of amps being used by a significant amount of touring bands in club venues.

ps - My favorite Fender combo is the '63 Vibroverb RI which were available for a brief time in the early 90's (I own 2 of them).

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Dec 23rd, 2017 06:18 AM   Edit   Profile  

Nothing wrong with that. I really like the 68 PRRI , but its not everyones cup o jobe. I have had multiple blues jrs and they do have a decent amount of head room for a 15 watter. The amp I im not digging right now is my drri . Its my second one and its way too bright for me . I guess I like mids a lot. My favorite amps have been the 59 bassman and the 68 prri.

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GospelBilly!
Dec 23rd, 2017 06:34 AM   Edit   Profile  

budg - I've never been a fan of the DRRI for the reason you state. It's a great amp for country and rockabilly, but it's not suited for more overdriven sounds IMHO.

Of course everybody hear things differently leading them to like or dislike certain gear.

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Dec 23rd, 2017 06:42 AM   Edit   Profile  

"I guess I like mids a lot."

Years ago, I sat in front of a DRRI, a PRRI, and a Blues Junior at a music shop. I REALLY wanted to go home with one of the higher-quality reissues (as I've had a BJr before), but the BJr sounded thicker and more pleasing to my ears. The reissues sounded too thin and "plinky". It's strange... I'll hear someone else play a reissue (or any Blackface-style amp) and sound great, but when I use one I can't stand the scooped mids.

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Dec 24th, 2017 06:45 AM   Edit   Profile  

5strats, thanks. I am glad im not alone with the drri. My present one is the wine red one and I love the look of it, but the 68 prri just does what I want . I dont presently gig so its a great grab n go amp for my strats and 335s. Maybe some day IF the need arises I will look for something bigger , but it wont be a drri unfortunately.

(This message was last edited by budg at 09:42 AM, Dec 24th, 2017)

Modal Magic

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Dec 26th, 2017 12:00 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have an ash cabinet Woody BJ fitted with a Jensen P12Q speaker. Love my PRRI but the BJ gets way more play time. Not sure why but there's something in it's tone that grabs me.

The Woody BJ's sound is way more engaging than the 2004 cream board BJ I used to own. It sounds better clean definitely sounds better when pushed and takes effects extremely well.

And to almost echo Viera, I use a Micro Terror a hell of a lot through a Hughes and Kettner Vintage 30 equipped cab. 'tis epic sounding.

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Dec 26th, 2017 12:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

Tone is too subjective to have one amp that satisfies everyone. If it sounds good to you--then it IS good.

That is all that matters.

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