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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: 1985 - Current / Question about the PRRI amps at sweetwater

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Mar 12th, 2018 12:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

They have a Tweed with a 12 inch Cannabis Rex and a regular with a 10 inch Jenson C10 R. Same price (full retail)

Which would you prefer?

TIA Foggy.

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Mar 12th, 2018 01:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have the 68 PR Custom and I would prefer the 10 inch over the 12 for the simple reason that a big part of the charm of the Princeton revolves around the 10 inch speaker. If Im looking for a 12 inch Im looking for a drri or something similar. Just my take. My 68 sounds huge for a 10 inch tbh.

Foggy1
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Mar 12th, 2018 02:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks for the input Bud, that kind of answers what i was really thinking. I was thinking does the 12 inch take away from the true Princeton tone?

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Mar 12th, 2018 04:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've tested several other speakers in the PRRI and nothing beat the C10R. Fender really hit a home run with that combination. All IMO, of course.

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Mar 12th, 2018 05:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

I tried a PRRI with a 12" a while back and ended up returning it. It sounded fine, but I really think the Princeton's focused tone is from the 10" speaker in the Princeton cabinet.

(I've owned a couple PRRI's in the past with 10's in them.)

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Mar 12th, 2018 07:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

I agree, stick with the 10" version. It really is a big part of the Princeton mystique and justifiably so.

Foggy1
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Mar 13th, 2018 03:16 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks for the input everyone.

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Mar 13th, 2018 09:38 AM   Edit   Profile  

I ended up buying the brown tolex version because I wanted the Jensen P10Q. I prefer Alnico speakers. There are a number of different speaker options available for this amp, made choosing a little difficult. I do love this amp...and the speaker's now pretty much broken in and sounds great.
Whatever version you choose, I think you'll be very happy with it.

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Mar 13th, 2018 09:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

Agreed.

The PRRI is also a frighteningly loud amp for its size and power rating. Totally giggable, with bottom-end thump to spare despite the single 10" speaker.

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Mar 13th, 2018 12:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

The baffle board surface of the PR is just not large enough to reflect and support the output of a 12" speaker IMO. The 10" sounds much better and I think a 10" speaker is just the finest thing to play through when you are recording. This is most true when driving the amp to breakup or using an over driven tone.

Foggy1
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Mar 13th, 2018 01:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks again all.

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Mar 13th, 2018 06:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

Interesting. I've been curious about the Princeton clone sold by Vintage Sound but it appears they only offer them with 12" speakers. I reckon Rick would build anything, but the amps he sells thru Humbucker Music are all 12's. They go as far as to say that no one who's ever tried a 12 in a PR thought a 10 sounds better.

I'm bettin' they didn't poll the FDP.

I've never owned a Princeton Reverb. I have a II but that is more deluxe than anything. I think my next amp will be a PR, RI or otherwise. But it'll take some liquidation.

(This message was last edited by littleuch at 08:09 PM, Mar 13th, 2018)

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Mar 14th, 2018 04:14 AM   Edit   Profile  

To me the charm of the Princeton Reverbs are its ability to break up sooner. This is certainly true of the 68 . I imagine the 10 inch speaker accounts for some of that. When I demoed these amps I was not able to try them side by side , but I dont remember being impressed with the tremolo of the 65 . I was very impressed with the tremolo of the 68. Reverb is very lush sounding on both. I much prefer the reverb of my 68 Princeton than my deluxe reverb.

If it were me I would try both (and even try the 12 inch if you can find it), with single coils and humbuckers. I would throw pedals at them too. See what shakes out. If you are looking for that Princeton sound , a 12 inch wont do. If you are just looking for a small , lightweight combo look at the 12 inch too, but to me the 10 inch speaker versions sound huge imo.

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Mar 30th, 2018 10:35 AM   Edit   Profile  

My LE '65 Princeton Reverb reissue amp came with a Celestion Alnico Gold 10-inch as standard equipment and I have to say it sounds terrific.

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