What is the best solid state Fender guitar amp?

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  1. blacklodgebob

    blacklodgebob TDPRI Member

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    What is the best solid state combo amp fender made?

    I would say everything is fair game short of a 2x12 combo, which wont really work for my needs, I just need a decent, portable, backup for my tube amp on the road.

    I bought a magnum 44 power amp, but my tech reminded me how easy speakers cab break when traveling heavily, and now Iam gassing for a solid state combo amp to cover all my bases.

    Thoughts?
     
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    The new Mustang range of digital modelling amps have certainly had some good reviews, but for a straight-ahead analogue solid-state Fender amp, I was always very happy with my Deluxe 112 Plus - USA-made, 94 watts into its single 12" 4-ohm speaker, fairly light in weight, plenty of available volume and very nice and (unsurprisingly) Fenderish clean sounds. The overdriven channel's OK-ish rather than great, but that doesn't bother me. I still have it, though it's no longer my regular gigging amp, and it's a model well worth checking out on the used market. The following model was the Deluxe 90, much the same but with (I believe) a Celestion speaker.
     
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    re Deluxe 112

    I had a Fender Deluxe 112 some years ago,I will add my positive thoughts to those of Tony475.
    It's a nice lightweight amp, very loud if you want it to be, I didn't use the gain channel much, but the clean channel sounded good for a SS amp, good reverb too.
    I found one of those for the son of a friend, he has been using it for several years now with no issues.
    Fender also made a similar Princeton SS model with a bit less wattage.

    I think the jury is still out on the long term reliability of the new Mustang ( and other brands ) modeling amps.
     
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    hey thanks for all the opinions!

    ill checkout the 112 deluxe. anybody played the SS 65' deluxe they made a few years ago?
     
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    bingy Friend of Leo's

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    I use a Princeton 65 DSP.
    Love the thing.
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    ^ cool, does it like pedals? how is the breakup?
     
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    bingy Friend of Leo's

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    Actually... I play without pedals (except wah) and I am always on the drive channel.
    Breakup is anything you want it to be (with drive control).
    I play with the volume on the guitar partway down and then crank it for the overdrive.
    The built in effects that I use are mainly reverb and reverb/chorus they sound great and it is a pleasure playing with just guitar and amp.
    Pedals into the amp, I'm sure, would sound good with the amp set to clean.
    It's loud enough for anything you would want before micing it into the PA.
    I think of it as half a Twin and it's as big as anything I would want to carry.
    Very cool, modern amp. IMO

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    I had a stage 100 for a few years, sold it to a pal who needed an amp. Its still in regular use.
    It was loud and Fendery , I liked it a lot. It looked "right" which is a plus !
    Low price and reliable.
    I think that Fender had a Jazz amp for a while. I was told it was a great SS amp. Think its out of production.
     
  10. blacklodgebob

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    hey great, thanks for the words gents.

    Iam really interested in this Princeton now!

    actually having to sell my DR+Ata Case / magnum 44 to fund a

    new Carr Slant 6v head clone I gotta pay for in about 8 weeks.

    May just go ahead and pull the

    trigger on the Princeton to keep things interesting in the

    meantime.
     
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    A friend has a Fender Princeton 112 Plus that he plays out weekly with, loves it. Plus you may find them on Craiglist for not a lot of money...
     
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    Yup, as Ringo mentions above, this is the little brother of the Deluxe 112 Plus I have. I think it's 65 watts instead of 94, but that's very little difference in dB, other things being equal. I'd expect it to sound similarly good.
     
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    Fender, Sunn, and Peavey made some great solid state amps throughout the 80s. Their switches, speakers, other hardware, cabinets, and transformers were high quality and build to last. IMO Today, Fender makes a variety of solidstate amps with lesser quality parts that will last hopefully 5 years. Fender's warranty shows the value of the components such that they will trash the broken solidstate amp and replaceing it with a new one vs taking the time to trouble shoot and repair. The old fender, Sunn, and Peavey solidstate amps are hard to find but cheap. But being vintage 20+ years old they may or may not need some simple component replacement like capacitors to retain their peak performance.
     
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    Fender M-80. Lovely cleans and 69 watt loud.
     
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    Any love for the Jazzmaster Ultralight?

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    wellll;
    maybe not LOVE,but i use mine regularly.
    i can do what i have to do with it,but i can't say i enjoy the process too
    much.
    there is an excellent thread in the archives here about class d amps;interesting reading.
    i'll be replacing mine with either a blackstar ht-40 or a peavey classic 30 when my ship comes in.
     
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    I had a 90's model Fender Deluxe 85 that I thought sounded great ......I think they are pretty cheap on eBay.....
     
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    Not trying to kick a hornet's nest, but with all of the great, affordable SS amps out there on the new and used market, why does it have to be a Fender? I'm just curious.
     
  19. Tony474

    Tony474 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Must say that's the first thought that occurred to me, too. But the guy specifically asked about a Fender amp, so...
     
  20. Bill Ashton

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    Take a look in the TDPRI Classifieds...

    This amp (well not this particular amp) with a newly-reissued-at-the-time Thinline Tele, ranks up there with one of the best sounds I have ever heard/played.

    http://www.tdpri.com/phpclassifieds/showproduct.php?product=24139

    Not sure how it would be at gig volumes, although it certainly filled the largish music store with no trouble. And, great Beatle/60's Invasion tones! :cool:
     
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