Fender - Are they missing market share?

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by Mad Kiwi, May 13, 2019.

  1. Mad Kiwi

    Mad Kiwi Friend of Leo's

    Nov 17, 2009
    Land of the Long White Cloud
    Excellent points by all thank you.

    I'm going to spend some time with Pro Junior over the next month or so and see if I can fit that in the "gang" so to speak....reducing the volume dial spike would be a great advantage, presumably this is more a gain structure issue than a simple Pot replacement?

    Thanks for the long but detailed (non judgmental :) ) post Axis29. Really interesting to hear your thoughts and experiences. I think your right re big iron, I had a month with a spectacular JCM800 100 watt and Quad stack when I first started guitar. Lived in the country so got to blast it good quite a few times. That was a sound and experience I to this day, relish!

    Mustang amps have also long piqued my interest but the Vox VT and other modelling series still gives me nightmares in the modelling amp stakes....(though I did Like my Line 6 Flextone II back in the day but I was a beginner so what did I know... :) )
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  2. DougM

    DougM Friend of Leo's

    Jul 5, 2017
    Honolulu, HI
    Your determination that even .1 watt is too loud is the very reason that I now have modeling amps instead of tubes, because they sound great at the very low volume levels that my ears (and my neighbors) demand. I wouldn't be able to turn any tube amp up enough to get the tubes singing, so there's no point in me having a tube amp instead of a modeling amp.
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  3. jimd

    jimd Friend of Leo's

    Nov 3, 2006
    Cleveland, Ohio
    I saw a video on YouTube where they adjusted a Quilter amp until it sounded like a Princeton. They got fairly close.
  4. studio1087

    studio1087 Telefied Silver Supporter

    May 10, 2003
    Near Milwaukee
    I thought of Swart when I read the first post.

    It’s a niche area. 5 watts with features typically found in bigger amps is going to appeal to studio musicians and older guys (I think). I would love to buy aSwart some day. I would love a traditional Fender Vibro Champ with Reverb. I get it. I’m right there with you.

    For now I play a HOF Mini Reverb infront of my old Champ with a Weber speakerin it. It gets me close.

    If Fender engineered the amp that you crave (I think it would be great) then I’m not convinced that they would sell many of them.

    This little one watt tube head has Reverb and it’s available in a combo. The head is $259. I love this thing and I never hear anyone mentioning it. Niche market?


    The Swart video posted sounded beautiful.
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  5. stanger

    stanger Tele-Meister

    Nov 15, 2009
    Idaho Falls, Idaho
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