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cactusblues

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.

RainboGuy

USA/Wisconsin

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.

pcalu

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.



Charlie Macon
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Yeeeehaaaa!
Oct 14th, 2018 10:14 AM   Edit   Profile  

I only have 2 Fender tube amps, a '78 silverface Princeton Reverb, and a 1965 Twin Reverb Reissue. Enjoy both of them, but I believe my purchase of a Peavey Classic 30, and later a Vox AC15C1 has me smitten with mid-rangey EL-84 amps.

I'll definitely keep the TRRI, as it does indeed have a unique sound, all its own....fantastic amp for the Epiphone Casino, Les Paul, and Stratocaster. Have never been able to dial in 'my sound' on a Telecaster through a Fender amp, except that one night I had the dream of blasting away through a VibroKing one evening, and was always thrilled on my trial runs through the Supersonic 60.

In answer to the original question, I really wish I loved my Princeton Reverb more.



Charlie Macon
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Yeeeehaaaa!
Oct 14th, 2018 10:15 AM   Edit   Profile  

Oh, and I kick myself that I never bought a Super Champ in the early 1980s. That little amp had everything I ever wanted in those days.

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Wichita, KS USA

It's all gravy from here on...
Oct 15th, 2018 07:02 AM   Edit   Profile  

My absolute favorite was my 1973 Bandmaster Reverb. Killer amp with killer tone. Sadly, it died in a puff of acrid smoke. Tried to fix it myself but probably did more harm than good. Should have paid the money for a pro!

My next favorite is my Wine red DRRI. I don't find it trebly at all. For a little more power I have a very nice 67 BandMaster.

Foggy1
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SC

So, so you think you can tell?
Oct 15th, 2018 07:08 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'll have to go with the Blues Jr camp. I thought it would be pure Fender tone, sold it and bought a PRRI.

Now i have the pure Fender tone.

Atleast to my ears lol!

jhawkr
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It's all gravy from here on...
Oct 18th, 2018 06:48 AM   Edit   Profile  

I was not impressed with a SF Champ nor a Blues Jr. Champ sounded like everyone else's small amp and the BJ sounded boxy. The Pro Jr with a 10" speaker sounds much better to my ear. And, I have a Supro, 25 watts and a 10" that sounds killer!

larryguitar19
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larryguitar
Nov 12th, 2018 10:09 AM   Edit   Profile  

So let me see. Not a single person said, " Well, I wanted to love my Twin Reverb...but didn't".

I think there is a reason for that.

Telegib

Canada

Nov 12th, 2018 06:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

I like the Reissue Blackface amps to a point....but they are horrible with overdrive or distortion pedals.

jhawkr
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It's all gravy from here on...
Nov 13th, 2018 06:42 AM   Edit   Profile  

"So let me see. Not a single person said, " Well, I wanted to love my Twin Reverb...but didn't"."


Maybe nobody here has the muscles to move one around anyway! ;o)

Pinetree
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NW Pennsylvania

Nov 14th, 2018 06:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

I used to have the music room all to myself after school while waiting for basketball practice.


2 (count 'em) SF Twins on 10 with my '68 SG Special made a glorious sound.


Didn't even have to lug them anywhere!




Roger Ball
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New guitars and old amps, baby!
Nov 14th, 2018 07:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

Amps that I've owned but didn't keep too long include a '65 Super Reverb re-issue, a Custom Vibrolux Reverb, and a tweed Blues DeVille 2x12 from the original series. Each of these had some good features but no, I didn't love them.

I also had a chance to try out a '59 Bassman re-issue that was one of the amps supplied at an outdoor venue a few summers ago. I didn't find a sweet spot but to be fair I didn't have much time to dial it in.

ninworks
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Too Much GAS
Dec 8th, 2018 04:19 PM   Edit   Profile  

"So let me see. Not a single person said, " Well, I wanted to love my Twin Reverb...but didn't".

I think there is a reason for that."

Amen to that. I have a 1993 BFTRRI. No master volume on it. I put 2 vintage Jensen C12N speakers out of an old Wurlitzer organ and the sound is incredible. It sounds okay at low volumes but it needs to be up at least to 4 or 5 to start sounding REALLY good. That's just too stinking loud in most indoor situations. The louder it gets the better the sound. I wish I had a basement so I could put the earplugs in and go at it. I don't want everyone within 1/4 mile to know I have guitars and amps so I don't use it much. I don't gig anymore.

Pinetree
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NW Pennsylvania

Dec 24th, 2018 12:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

Did I mention the Ramparte?


I swear I'm the only guy on this forum who has one.


9 whole watts of nothingness.



Bopper
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Motor City, USA

Better get hit in yo' soul
Dec 25th, 2018 08:41 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've got one too. The Hot channel gives me a weird headache. Can't say I exactly love it...

The Excelsior is pretty cool, though.

Leftee
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VA

Dec 26th, 2018 07:28 AM   Edit   Profile  

Although it's out of scope for this forum/thread...

Earlier I mentioned I didn't care for the SF Champs I once owned. Turns out I like the SF Bronco/VC a lot.

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Dec 29th, 2018 03:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

I tried the Ramparte and Excelsior and was underwhelmed. Then I spied a Vaporizer in the corner and almost bought it on looks alone. But it too was underwhelming in the tone department.

It was green like this one.

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Jan 2nd, 2019 06:51 AM   Edit   Profile  

Peegoo I was so tempted on both of those amps , but didn’t pull the trigger. Looks like I made the right choice.

Very happy with my present amps. The Peavey Classic 30 was a highly touted amp. I bought one used and hated it. Sold it within a month. Years later it turns out I hate el84 amps. Now I know.

zenland

U.S.A. Hotlanta

avise la fin
Apr 21st, 2019 04:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

Would have kept my Vibro King to this very day if their wasn't recurring problems! Fix this fix that and 6 months later sounded like crap again and again.

Should have kept my Hot Rod Deville and HR Deluxe but was more into getting vintage amps at that time.

(This message was last edited by zenland at 04:21 PM, Apr 22nd, 2019)

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