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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: Vintage (before 1985) / Power Chorus


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Apr 14th, 2017 08:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

Came across a Power Chorus amp in a local pawn shop. Looks OK, all knobs present, grille cloth a little faded, but all there and not torn.

I've read that the distortion isn't so good, but I have an 80's vintage ProCo Rat stomp box for that. Price is $149.

What do I need to know about this before checking it out.



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American Patriot

About as ordinary as you can get.
Apr 15th, 2017 08:33 AM   Edit   Profile  

Fender made a bunch of strange or "different" amps during this time. I don't think I've ever run across a Power Chorus.
I have Princeton Chorus that has been a pretty good amp.



Oct 25th, 2018 06:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

If its anything like the smaller Princeton Chorus it will have great clean tones. I don’t mind the distortion channel but I can see why there is a lot of dislike for it.



Why do I keep fixing things that work?
Oct 25th, 2018 06:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

The Power Chorus amp was a nice amp and could also do parallel channel mixing by using the distortion channel with the clean channel to get a neat sound. It would make the clean sound and have the distortion sound on the tail end of the clean attack. I think it was also a stereo powered amp, but I might be mistaken there. Good chorus sounds.
It might have been a 65 watt per channel.
It's been a long time since I've seen one but easy enough to look up.


Too Near Atlanta GA

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Oct 26th, 2018 08:29 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yes, the Power Chorus was the big brother to the red knob Princeton Chorus and the forerunner of both the Ultra and Ultimate Chorus amps as well as the M-80 Chorus...they all had excellent true stereo bbd chorus circuits. The Power Chorus had an intricate switching network, 130 watts in mono and 65 watts per channel stereo. We saw a lot of them in the shop for switching issues as well as solder fractures. Overall though, they were good, very loud and toneful amps when used properly and skillfully.


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