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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: 1985 - Current / '68 CPR ... Does anyone LIKE these amps?

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Jan 2nd, 2019 02:06 AM   Edit   Profile  

Ok, so I can't sleep again. Earlier this evening I ordered a new, open box '68 Custom Princeton Reverb from an online seller. Now I can't stop thinking about it.

I had one when I was playing a few years ago for a short time, and I remember liking it quite a bit around the house. I have an old Weber attenuator that I think is just what is needed for this amp.

Does anyone have one? Have you done anything to it? Mods, speaker or tube changes that you liked?

Well I should get my new one early next week and I'll post back my "second" impression of it. If nothing else the vendor has a generous return policy.


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Jan 2nd, 2019 04:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm not sure I'm fond of the "attenuator" Internet gear forum fad.

Why not just buy an amp with a master volume?

I read about guys clipping the bright cap on Deluxe Reverb and swapping out the stock speaker because it can't handle being pushed flat out with an attenuator.

I shake my head... IMO Makes no sense to me at all.


68 Custom Princeton: being a totally different animal to the 65 Ri... People are just now coming around to it. looks like in the past year people are just now coming around to the whole 68 Custom line up. I see much more internet threads on them now than when they first came out.

The 68 customs have a less scooped tone stack(s)and a different negative feedback value than their 65 Ri cousins, resulting in a louder idol hiss

IMO You can't get around that when lowering the negative feedback value close to a Tweed especially with the wattage most of them have.

To me, the added hiss is a non-issue. (its a Tube Amp for Pete's sake!)

I like the whole 68 line up. All of them break up much quicker than the 65 Ris, roll back the bass and the treble as you crank it, you get a sweat overdrive with the stock speaker (Fender's own demo excluded... It appears every fracking demo I've seen on these amps the people doing them are clueless on this standard operating procedure thus making them sound garbled especially when being compared to the 65 RI as they so often do)

68 Custom Princeton is a cool amp. Frak... I like the whole line up.

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Jan 2nd, 2019 04:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have had mine for several years now and can say at idle it is quiet as a church mouse. I retubed mine with JJs a year ago.

I picked mine over the 65 because I like mids. I also like the earlier breakup and it takes pedals well. I had an issue with too much bass with humbuckers but solved it by breaking in the speaker and getting it off the floor.

I have used it at home and in a small band. I like this amp a lot and mine is totally stock. Very warm sounding amp.

(This message was last edited by budg at 07:01 PM, Jan 2nd, 2019)

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Jan 2nd, 2019 04:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

Geez, guys. Now I really can't wait to get the new one.

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