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10 Years, 17 Amps, One Clear Winner

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by Hoodster, May 3, 2012.

  1. Hoodster

    Hoodster Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 3, 2007
    Over the past ~10 years I have owned the following amps:

    Vox Pathfinder 15

    Fender Champ 12

    Gibson Skylark (vintage 1966)

    Fender Super Champ (original, not SCXD)

    Fender Silverface Champ

    Peavey Classic 20

    Carvin Vintage 16

    L’il Dawg Champster Special

    Fender Champ 25

    Rivera Clubster 25

    Winfield Cyclone (AC-15 clone)

    Fender GDEC 30

    Roland MicroCube

    Vox AC4

    Fender Pro Junior

    Fender Princeton Reverb RI

    Vox Lil Night Train

    Virtually all received speaker and/or tube upgrades and were used primarily at home (other than the Cyclone, Clubster, and Champ 25, which also did band jam duty). The primary reason for the turnover was the search for great low-volume tone.

    There are plenty of sweet amps on the list, but the one that stands head and shoulders above the rest is the Princeton Reverb. This was brought home to me recently after spending a month or so playing the Vox LNT through an Eminence Cannabis Rex. I was very impressed with its tones, both clean and overdriven, until I brought the PRRI back into the room. The difference in depth and richness of the tone really blew me away, and convinced me that there is no better home amp than a Princeton--even though you need pedals for OD.

  2. Justin_D_Myers

    Justin_D_Myers Tele-Meister

    Jan 10, 2012
    Greensboro, NC

  3. musicmatty

    musicmatty Former Member

    Aug 18, 2008
    I'm not surprised :eek: It's almost as though that amp has the best of everything all in one for it's size and output. No, I don't own one, but I have seen it used countless times..and especially on the Marty Stuart show in the hands of some fantastic players :cool:

  4. Alex W

    Alex W Friend of Leo's

    Wait I already own a PRRI. This means I'll have to stop buying amps and actually learn how to play now. Damn you, Hoodster! *shakes fist*

  5. Mike_LA

    Mike_LA Tele-Afflicted

    Nope, keep searching . . .

    Got to find the one you don't need pedals for.

    Did you really sell the LNT already? I might have been interested :D

  6. guitarzan13

    guitarzan13 Friend of Leo's

    Jul 25, 2006
    LaGrange, GA

  7. RedRock

    RedRock Tele-Holic

    Jun 1, 2008
    The trouble is that if you find the one that you don't need pedals for,
    the cleans are usually bad.

  8. fretbuzzard

    fretbuzzard Former Member

    Jan 19, 2008
    And the winner is... Guitar Center!

    Enjoy the amp: I've ended up in the same spot after a similar, but less twisted, search.

  9. backline

    backline Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 6, 2008
    USA, CA, 94585
    A Lot of guys feel that is Fenders "best" amp, so you are in good company.
    If you do not mind me asking......Care to give a small review of the PV-20 for us (me).?

  10. Mike Eskimo

    Mike Eskimo Doctor of Teleocity

    Nov 9, 2008
    I noticed the Deluxe Reverb wasn't on your list...

    My problem w/ my Princeton Reverb ('76 w/ a Tone Tubby 12" alnico) was not enough clean headroom and - we're rarely miked.

    Still loved it, would still like to have another, but for now, as crappy as my band and ears both are - Roland Cube 60 fits the bill.

  11. Captain Bb

    Captain Bb Tele-Holic

    Mar 12, 2008

    +1 Exactly what I was gonna say

  12. Big_Bend

    Big_Bend Poster Extraordinaire

    Feb 19, 2010
    Houston, TX
    The Princeton Reverb is -the- perfect small amp. My life changed the first time I plugged into one. I need to get another someday.

  13. Smoky Booroo

    Smoky Booroo Tele-Meister

    Mar 11, 2009
    Petaluma, CA
    That's why I needed a PRRI and a DRRI:!:

  14. Hoodster

    Hoodster Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 3, 2007
    I have played DRRI's, and to my ears they don't sound anywhere near as sweet at home volumes as Princetons do.

    BTW, I don't think GC or MF got any of my business -- all but a couple of these amplifiers were purchased used, and the new ones I got mainly from Sweetwater.

  15. CaptainSensible

    CaptainSensible Tele-Meister

    Aug 16, 2008
    Leesburg, VA
    Hah. This made me laugh out loud. Too true.

  16. jmiles

    jmiles Friend of Leo's

    Nov 29, 2003
    My '74 PR has the PI mod, and is now 19 watts. More headroom, but maybe not enough for some.

  17. Ted M

    Ted M Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 27, 2003
    I love my 68 PR. I have a DR that is more useful for gigging, but the PR is my go-to recording amp, and it never lets me down. Great in small clubs too.

  18. Mutato

    Mutato Tele-Meister

    Sep 16, 2008
    Rhode Island
    My avatar says it all. ; -)

  19. alnicopu

    alnicopu Friend of Leo's

    Oct 3, 2009
    Out of all the amps I have owned throughout the years, the only one I currently own is my '76 pr.

    BTW I was advised to remove or bypass, with a pull switched pot on the volume, the second stage bypass cap to make it more clean. Thats my only complaint.

  20. willspear

    willspear Tele-Holic

    Apr 29, 2012
    I agree whole heartedly

    I have owned enough amps to get a good sense of amps for my home playing

    My favorite home amp is a Princeton. I'd cash it in for the right ampeg but nothing else sounds as sweet at low volume. I don't own a drri but I didn't like it at all until around 5 on the knob a guy i play with gigs one and it sounds great The Princeton sounds good even not driven past 2.

    It also takes pedal well unlike many small amps.

    If you want dirt and hard rocking tones I think the tiny terror is the other real clear choice.

    Princeton would not be a gigging choice for me as it just doesn't move enough air.

    On a side note the prri sounds great for harmonica.

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