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budg
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Jan 7th, 2018 08:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have had a boatload of Fender amps over the years. I have had several blues jrs , hrdx, bdx, a 59 bassman ri from 96 that I brought back from the dead, a 75 silverface super reverb with a master volume, a couple of 65 deluxe reverbs and now a 68 princeton reverb ri.

Almost everyone loves the deluxe reverb , but I just dont care for it. Maybe its me , but I find it too bright . Presently I have a wine red one I got for a decent price and its going on the market soon.

I like the idea of it , 22 watts , 42 lbs with 2 channels . It should be ideal right?
nope, I just dont care for it with my strats and in my hands. I love the 68 princeton and my other favorite amp was the bassman ri, so I think I really like the warm mids those amps put out. If I need a bigger amp I may look at the 68 deluxe reverb or something else, but for now I am happy with my 68 princeton custom reverb.

I think the deluxe reverb is a good amp, but its not a good fit for me. What Fender amps have you wanted to love, but couldn't?

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Jan 7th, 2018 09:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

There is no classic Fender amp that I completely despise; it's more of a love/hate thing. The Bassman 4x10 format is a great example of this: WOW, what a great sound, but it's not exactly portable. I know artists are supposed to suffer for their art, but that is ridiculous!



budg
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Jan 7th, 2018 09:59 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah the bassman is not light, but at 53 lbs its 10 pounds lighter than the super reverb and the 4x10 hotrod deville.

I will never forget buying a 75 super reverb without doing my homework . Yep I figured 65 lbs was doable. When the UPS guy showed up I realized I just won the heaviest super reverb of all time through eBay! The thing weighed about 100 lbs and was my studio amp for a while until I sold it on craigslist thankfully.

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Jan 7th, 2018 01:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had a couple of SF Champs over the years. I didn’t miss them when I sold them.

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Jan 7th, 2018 01:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The 'SF Champs' should be a football team.

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larryguitar
Jan 7th, 2018 01:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The truth is I have the range from Bjr to DRRI to the TRRI. I love the all. The only issue is there is no one holy grail amp. Each has a different application.

If I had to pick one I would go with the DRRI for the simple reason is it satisfies 95% of my needs as a weekend warrior/open blues jams guy.

But if I were a professional touring guy that might not be enough.

willie
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Jan 7th, 2018 01:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

This isn't a recent issue but it fits the topic...for me I always recall being disappointed in the '63 Vibroverb Reissue...tan tolex, great looking amp....wanted to love the sound, but it was impotent and lacking in color, warmth or drive. Just had to say it.... :)

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Jan 7th, 2018 01:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Pretty much all of the Silver face amps I've owned.


Super, Quad, couple of Champs.



willie
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Jan 7th, 2018 02:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Really? I've found many of them to be incredible...especially after some minor tweaks. Each to his own of course. Interesting though. :)

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Jan 7th, 2018 06:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I still have several older Fender amps (black). I like all of them and I have owned lots more Fender amps since the 70's.

back breaker

eureka, usa

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Jan 7th, 2018 10:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

wanted to love the custom vibrolux reverb but the reverb was too weak and the white noise was too much for my liking. it led me to the vibro-king that was perfect (minus the weight).

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Jan 8th, 2018 07:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

'59 Bassman RI. I just seemed to sonically disappear on stage with a band. By contrast, my '63 Vibroverb RI sounded huge and cuts through the mix.

I no longer own the Bassman, but I did buy a 2nd '63 Vibroverb RI. (:oD

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Jan 8th, 2018 02:31 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

For me it was the Custom Vibrolux Reverb. It did nothing for me unless I was using it as a bedroom amp. It was the most inept gig amp I have ever owned. Lacked clean headroom and volume a total dud. Sadly, I actually bought another after selling the first hoping I'd have a better experience. Even with Moyer mods turning it into the '63 VVRI Willie mentioned it was a total dud for me.

It's amazing how different players seek different things and enjoy the amps others can't bond with.

budg
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Jan 8th, 2018 03:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hammond , I agree. So many people recommended to me the drri, and I was excited to get it. I just couldn’t bond with it . To my ears not pleasant to my ears at all. I began to realize the amps I liked are mid based amps , but someone else not so much . Right now loving my 68 Princeton , but if I needed more oomph idk.

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larryguitar
Jan 8th, 2018 03:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hmmm...

So has anybody ever bought a DRRI or TRRI and regretted that decision?

Maybe the world only needs those two amps and the rest are just surplusage.

Modal Magic

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Jan 8th, 2018 07:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had a 2004 cream board BJr for ten years. I kidded myself for a long time it was the amp I needed but I could never like it when pushed. There was no clarity when overdriven, just a mushy sound. I could've probably modded it but didn't trust anyone in my country to do it and couldn't justify the expense just in case I wasn't happy with the result

I eventually let it go and ended up buying a Series III Woody BJ with a P12Q speaker. A much better amp from clean to max OD.

I also have a '57 Deluxe RI which I love the sound but don't play it much because I'm put of by the fact that it randomly farts and produces static sounds not unlike an out of tune radio. I haven't been able to resolve the issue so it dampens my love for it.

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Jan 12th, 2018 10:22 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I tried to like the Cyber Deluxe......
...all tube since then and loving' it.

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Jan 14th, 2018 07:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Vibro King for me. It was almost love.

RicOkc

Nicoma Park, OK.

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Jan 14th, 2018 02:46 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Vibro Champ, found one for cheap from a poor collage student. Just sounded like any small amp to me, sold it for a profit.

bmeredith

USA

Happiness is a warm tube amp
Apr 24th, 2018 09:30 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Bassman LTD. Way too loud for my needs and painfully bright/trebly at almost any volume.

I know what you mean about the DRRI too. I've managed to tame the brightness somewhat with speaker (Weber 12F150) and tube upgrades. I also keep the treble turned all the way down whenever I'm in the Vibrato channel. Probably should do the bright cap clip mod.

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