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gergton



Vancouver, Canada

Dec 23rd, 2014 12:31 PM        

Howdy boys and girls.<br /> <br /> Greetings from Canada, eh...<br /> <br /> I have a PR II that I have some questions about. I'll start with the first revelation. Upon checking out Stratopastor's amp-dating page for Rivera-era amps I am kinda puzzled. I have a serial #F 148xxx.<br /> Comments? This SN does not seem to fit...



littleuch

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Ocala, Fla

Dec 23rd, 2014 01:33 PM        

Yeah my S/N is F207XXX which puts it around autumn of 1982. I see no reference on Andrew's site about any serial numbers for the PRII below 200X. <br /> <br /> Does your have the original speaker? Maybe some codes from there would clarify.



Stratopastor



Stockton-on-Tees

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Dec 24th, 2014 06:06 AM        

Well, the prototype signed off by designer Ed Jahns is a F148xxx. You can see it about two-thirds of the way down this page. Gergton, maybe this is yours - I haven't heard from Dave P for over 10 years, maybe he parted with it. If this one isn't yours then it's another prototype. I'd be pleased if you could email me the serial number and any other distinguishing marks.<br /> <br /> Littleuch is right, as far as normal production is concerned the Rivera-era started with a run of Super Champs beginning F200001. Anything beginning F1 will be pre-production.



Stratopastor



Stockton-on-Tees

all your tone are belong to us
Jan 7th, 2015 03:17 AM        

Happy New Year to both our readers....<br /> <br /> Gergton kindly emailed me and it turns out his PRII is another one with s/n F148xxx, not the one signed off by Ed Jahns. So maybe there are a handful of pre-production amps which escaped from Fullerton, maybe given away by sales guys or whatever.



littleuch

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Jan 9th, 2015 08:05 AM        

Lol, Happy New Year to you too. <br /> <br /> On another note, looking at completed listings on Ebay it seems like the PRII is making more appearances but the sold prices continue to fall somewhere in the $650 US range. Still a bargain IMO if you compare what that'd buy you from the new amp market.



Iversen



Denmark

Jan 17th, 2015 04:32 PM        

Happy new year, guys.



littleuch

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Florida

Jan 17th, 2015 06:05 PM        

godt nytår! (did I get that right?)



Stratopastor



Stockton-on-Tees

all your tone are belong to us
Jan 18th, 2015 08:16 AM        

I don't know, but I'm impressed. Christian, I'll stick to English since you write it so well... Happy New year!



Stratopastor



Stockton-on-Tees

all your tone are belong to us
Jan 30th, 2015 10:44 AM        

Just added photos of some beautifully recovered PRIIs...



littleuch

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Florida

Jan 30th, 2015 12:10 PM        

Nice! I've been tempted to recover mine in some seafoam green tolex.



Stratopastor



Stockton-on-Tees

all your tone are belong to us
Jan 30th, 2015 03:49 PM        

If you haven't seen it already, there's an example of seafoam green about halfway down the same page.



littleuch

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Florida

Feb 1st, 2015 09:24 AM        

I did, very nice. I don't particularly like a black panel on seafoam but the changed knobs add a nice touch. A wheat grill would be cool, too.



Stratopastor



Stockton-on-Tees

all your tone are belong to us
Mar 27th, 2016 04:42 PM        

wow, it's been a while. <br /> <br /> I've just fitted a cheap and simple amp-powered fan using the DC supply available fom the red footswitch socket.



littleuch

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Subtropical Florida

Mar 30th, 2016 01:10 PM        

Nifty! Being that I've fired up my PRII for about 30 minutes in the past year I think I'm good without the fan. <br /> <br /> I miss making noise :-/



Stratopastor



Stockton-on-Tees

all your tone are belong to us
Apr 12th, 2016 05:25 AM        

Hey litleuch, not making noise? are you OK?



littleuch

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Subtropical Florida

Apr 12th, 2016 06:31 AM        

Yeah, yeah. Its just that I've moved 1200 miles away from all my bandmates and live in a condo now. I still play but mostly through tabletop foolishness into my recording program. <br /> <br /> The itch for a band hasn't been strong enough to go looking.



Stratopastor



Stockton-on-Tees

all your tone are belong to us
Apr 13th, 2016 11:45 AM        

Aha. I'm in the same situation, though it was only 250 miles. I play in church but just haven't got the time to join a gigging band (and maybe there's a Groucho Marxist thing going on there anyway - would I want to join any band that would have me as a member?)<br /> <br /> With an archtop, I used the PRII for a kind-of jazz/showtunes thing just before Christmas and folks told me it sounded jazzy. Whatever that means.



Stratopastor



Stockton-on-Tees

now even awesomer
Aug 17th, 2017 02:24 AM        

check out the photo currently on the front page of the PRII website - the woody PRII with a dovetailed perspex top, made by Fender as a 1983 NAMM exhibit, is up for sale.... <br /> <br /> edit - it sold within hours! cool though, no?



Stratopastor



Stockton-on-Tees

now even awesomer
Oct 1st, 2017 02:42 PM        

A couple of recent additions to the PRII website... on the schematic page I've added the wiring diagram with coloured lines to show the signal paths. <br /> <br /> I've recently been sent a possible solution to the 'clean tone sucks with footswitch' problem. I haven't tried it yet but I have added the link to the footswitch page.



littleuch

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Florida

Oct 4th, 2017 06:04 PM        

I never had the footswitch so I guess I don't know what I missed. <br /> <br /> On another note I plugged in my PRII the other day just to see if it still worked. <br /> <br /> It did. Actually made me feel a little nostalgic. I plugged in all my guitars. I forgot how glorious a Tele sounds through this amp.



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