Help me make a decision on a Fender combo amp...

Discussion in 'Amp Input - Normal or Bright' started by Shades of Blue, Aug 5, 2019.

  1. Antstrat

    Antstrat Most Honored Senior Member

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    Nice amp but they're $2000.
     
  2. Stratoman10

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    Why does it have to be Fender ? There are lots of amps out there that cover lots of sonic ground and at a bunch of different price points. What I'm getting at is why limit yourself right out of the gate ?
     
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    Stratoskater Fuzz Meister General

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    Not clones or kits. As has been pointed out in this thread there is one for sale on the forum right now. Plus he first said wide open but he’d like to keep it under $1,000, and we all know how that goes. :D
     
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    I think it was sold, went pretty fast!

    For my own fyi aside from the Fender what clones that are built do you like?
     
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    If you can find a good 5E3 clone go that way. It’s the best amp I’ve ever played.
     
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    I think Weber and mojo tone will build thier kits for you. Boothill makes really nice amps. @Nate D has a really nice one but I can’t remember the builder.
     
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    Doesn't HAVE to be Fender, but it just seems Fender is the sound I want at the best price. I'm not familiar enough with clones to know what to look for. I've had a lot of different brands and Fender amps just give me what I want. I'm actually looking into a Blues Jr NOS again. I had one and liked it, but I just remember it being really trebly and spikey.
     
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    DON'T LAUGH! My SCX2 head sounds superb through my JBL K130.....and has a fantastic blackface clean tone using channel 1. I usually don't use channel 2 modeling because I prefer using a Radial Tonebone Classic for my dirt on this amp. The price is right, you can tweak the mids and onboard effects with the free FUSE software. Great value for the tone.

    I do own a 1968 Fender Vibro Champ and a 1969 Fender Bandmaster Reverb so I know what great clean tones are. The SCX2 is no slouch.
     
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    Out of that list I’d go with a Princeton hands down. Fantastic tone for clean playing in an accompanying role.

    If you can find one, any tweed clone would be a step up from a stock PRRI

    If you have the wherewithal to go thru a process, have one built from Mojotone, Clark amps, or the Sounds of the Shoals
     
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    Budget of 1K?

    hands- down the easiest decision.

    Twin reverb. used. no brainer. 100% no brainer.

    Either the blackface or the 68 custom reissue - reverb has shedloads of them.
     
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    Go with the head.
     
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    As long as you know what you want that's fine. My first real amp was a SFTR, god , what a beast. I wouldn't own another one but I did have serious fun with it
     
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    My BJ gathers dust. 5e3 hands down at any volume.
     
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    I want to reopen this thread. I keep bouncing back and forth and can't make up my mind.

    I actually am getting excited about the new Tone Master amps. They sound pretty amazing in clips. However, I still can't shake my desire for a Princeton. If I were to get a Princeton, which model and what size speaker? I really like the looks of the Limited Editions with the 12" speakers, but do you lose the PRRI vibe with a 12"?
     
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    Not sure what the "PRRI vibe" is. The Princeton was a "student" amp, and it came with a 10" speaker because 10" speakers were cheaper (and lighter in weight) than the 12" speakers used in the big boy amps. Cost being the number one consideration.
     
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    For the new asking price of those Tone Master amps I'd buy a real, used Deluxe or Twin Reverb.

    If I was buying a Princeton I'd go the 12" speaker route. I only like 10s as long as there are 4 of them in the cabinet.
     
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    This is an interesting one; I've had a Princeton '65 DRRI that I used with a Weber 10F150 speaker. Really solid sound, but I also liked the FSR Bordeaux Princeton with Cannabis Rex and the blonde one with a Jensen alnico.

    That said, the price of them, even second hand where I am at, is still ridiculous.

    Most recently I found an Ampeg GVT15-112. It's 15-watts, dual 6V6 and has a Bandaxall mids control, spring reverb.

    For USD540, I bought it and was blown away. Then I installed a Texas Heat, and I'm never looking at a Princeton again.