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Nicoma Park, OK.

"Let the music do the talking"
Jan 14th, 2018 02:46 PM   Edit   Profile  

Vibro Champ, found one for cheap from a poor collage student. Just sounded like any small amp to me, sold it for a profit.



Happiness is a warm tube amp
Apr 24th, 2018 09:30 AM   Edit   Profile  

Bassman LTD. Way too loud for my needs and painfully bright/trebly at almost any volume.

I know what you mean about the DRRI too. I've managed to tame the brightness somewhat with speaker (Weber 12F150) and tube upgrades. I also keep the treble turned all the way down whenever I'm in the Vibrato channel. Probably should do the bright cap clip mod.

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Home of the Goodyear blimp
Apr 25th, 2018 03:53 AM   Edit   Profile  

bmeredith , I know what you mean. I had both versions of the 59 BMRI. The one I had from 93 didnt have the Jensens in it and it didnt have the the lacquered tweed (not that it contributed in any way to the tone). The LTD was icepickey and shrill while the original reissue was not . I dont know what the difference was other than the speakers, but it wasnt pleasant to my ears either.



Happiness is a warm tube amp
Apr 25th, 2018 04:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

Must've been those speakers in the LTD. I suspected that was the case, but didn't want to risk dropping another $500 in the amp, especially since it was too much amp for me anyway. That's the thing with those 4x10 amps, if you don't like the speakers, it's a big investment to change them.

I traded it towards a 57 Deluxe 5E3 and never looked back.


Nicoma Park, OK.

"Let the music do the talking"
Apr 27th, 2018 01:45 AM   Edit   Profile  

Vibro Champ.

Bought one from a local collage student for $200. Messed around with it for a few days, not impressed. It just sounded like a small amp to me.

Sold it for $350.

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juneau ak.

If you must smoke, please smoke salmon!
Apr 27th, 2018 03:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've got a 1974 Deluxe reverb that I never seam to play, I've tried different tubes, bias, had it re caped and tried out a few types of speakers, right now I have a Gold Celestion in it. As a stand alone amp it's pretty clean but has a farty sounding bottom end on anything past 5 which is where this thing wants to be set to get a half way decent tone.
My old Bandmaster blows it's doors off so it sits out in the corner of the garage.

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So. Cal. USA

Apr 30th, 2018 05:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

I do build an amp using the DR platform. I do not install the bright cap and I change the value of the mid resistor to allow a bit more midrange. Any DR can benefit from this IMO. I use a Vibrolux spec PT and an Allen multi tap OT. 6L6 power tubes and these things sing pretty good. The bottom is tight and the treble knob responds properly.

The sweet spot is louder than a DR for sure but I like it most stages. Pedals for smaller venues as usual.

reverend mikey
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N of I-90, E of I-29

You're old. Then vintage. Then good!
May 5th, 2018 12:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

Blues Jr.

Also, a couple years ago I tried a Princeton with a 12" speaker in it. Just didn't have the same sound and feel as a couple other Princeton RI's I'd owned. Sent it back.

Don't have any Fender amps now, but if I buy another (at my age and for my purposes), it will be another standard Princeton Reverb RI.

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MT, USA and Jura, FR

May 5th, 2018 05:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

For a long time I felt neutral about the Blues Jr. I did all the relevant Billm mods, I put in a Greenback, and still it seemed like a weak jr. sibling to the Marshall 1974x tone I was seeking.

Lo and behold, I starting using the Blues Jr. for jazz, a round-warm tone, clean, and it performs very well. Maybe a bit odd, using a Greenback for jazz, but it has been working well for me.

So from neutral to now in love (or at least very pleased) with the amp: not a bad progression.


Kathmandu, Nepal.

May 6th, 2018 03:29 AM   Edit   Profile  

Never bonded with a Blues Junior. Replaced that with a Pro Junior and a Princeton Reverb. Both are so much better!


Southwest Florida

Alone in my principles
May 6th, 2018 09:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

I would have to say the Blues Jr., as well. The reverb would intermittently cut out, and I just never warmed up to the tone.
One amp I wish I still had is the Excelsior.

(This message was last edited by LHW at 11:47 AM, May 6th, 2018)

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Toronto, Canada

May 10th, 2018 09:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

I’m in with guys who didn’t like the CVR. I owned one for a few years. Meh. It has some nice Fender chime on its own. But that disappeared fast in lack of headroom made worse by a distortion that made me think of the old Fuzzy-wuzzy soap bear.

For those not old enough to remember

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Home of the Goodyear blimp
May 13th, 2018 05:48 AM   Edit   Profile  

I would have to put me on the list for the blues jr as well. I have owned 3 of them. First one was a Made in USA version, second was a MF exclusive MIM with blonde tolex. Number 3 was the lacquered tweed with the Jensen. All of them sounded boxy with no bottom end. They seemed to be a great idea for a grab n go amp. Ended up selling the last one after I found the 68 Princeton Custom and havent looked back.

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May 13th, 2018 03:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

How do I not remember Fuzzy Wuzzy?!?



May 13th, 2018 05:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have wanted to love my Bassbreaker 45 head. Just can't get the tone just the way I like it. Have tried different tubes, speakers etc.


Too Near Atlanta GA

Amp Tech Emeritus
May 13th, 2018 06:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

Early model VibroKing...like above..almost love, but just missed. Plus it was heavy, and loud as hell...but sounded great. I also wasn't crazy about the early model reverb driver circuit...




May 17th, 2018 08:42 AM   Edit   Profile  

The 1968 Deluxe Reissue...............
It had a very "Compressed sound to it" ... Kept waiting for something to change, but sadly went past my 30-day return....found no local buyers and got a whopping $500 trade at my local GC store!


Scottsdale, AZ

Jun 3rd, 2018 06:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

Cyber Twin was my big Fender disappointment. Very cool to watch the dials and lights, terrible amp to haul around to gigs. My main amp at the time was a '73 Super Reverb. While it was a beast to haul around, once it landed on the backline, it was the absolute nicest sounding amp I have ever owned. Plug in a Strat and you said "Ahhhhhh!!!!" to yourself. Plug in the trusty old 335, push up the "no suck" switch, and again the angels started singing.

The Cyber Twin was just a nightmare by comparison.



Ike Turner is my guitar hero!
Sep 8th, 2018 06:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

On the flip side of this topic, in my opinion, The Fender '65 Super Reverb puts out THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GUITAR TONE IN THE WORLD.


usa Thumb area Mi

Sep 9th, 2018 11:19 AM   Edit   Profile  

5E3 Deluxe

love the sound... but my gas keeps getting extinguished by my Modded Blues Jr.

I bought a modded Blues Jr that looks like the tone stack and phase inverter has been modded with Orange drops. I went on to upgrade the Output transformer and the reverb pan and then dropped a vintage Oxford 12L6 and a RCA 7025 in v1.

It's very quiet, sounds kinda tweedy.. and for it's size doesn't sound all that boxy.

I do use it at a single channel amp. I dime the master and just work the normal volume. Opens the tonality right up!

I want a 5e3.. but this amp hasn't given me a lick of trouble and sound like an old vintage amp, thus extinguishing the gas for the tweed deluxe.

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