68 Custom Princeton Reverb

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  1. Buffalo0993

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    I really love this amp it gives me that oh yea feeling lol I'm so glad it worked out I was pretty stressed about it being that no one could tell me if it was good or not before I bought it but I'm happy I did.
    It really sounds good all the way up the dial almost it starts getting flubby around 9 but I have no need to ever play at that volume really. I would recommend this amp for sure to people considering
     
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    I would guess there's little difference from the PRRI-close enough to use the same circuit board with just a few different cap or resistor values here and there.
     
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    Yea that's what I originally said, I think it's just a leftover prri board. It's really not all that different from a prri just a few tweaks
     
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    If you're still getting good tone with the guitar dimed and the amp on 9 I think you have a good solid amp.
     
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    Well on 9 it gets flubby like I said you have to turn the guitar down a bit then it still sounds nice. But 8 yea you can dime your guitar out it still sounds great.

    Really it sounds its best at about 5-7, that's the sweet spot that I've found
     
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    Just curious why you went with the reissue? For $300-$400 more you could get a vintage 70's PR in great condition. I am looking for a Princeton now and trying to decide on a PRRI used for $650, a 68 PR Custom for $849 (maybe less with MF coupon) or a vintage 70's PR for $900-$1200.
     
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    For the easiness of it. Yea you could get a real princeton reverb for a little more but add on to that that it might need a cap job and that's even more. I'm not disappointed in my amp purchase and I already knew people were gonna ask that question. I like the amp who cares
     
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    I've gone the "vintage" route. Bought a '73 SF Twin Reverb and put new caps, new speakers, new reverb plate, etc for about $360 on top of the $500 I spent buying the amp at the pawn shop. Still, it really didn't sound any better or worse than a friend's new blackface RI twin reverb. Had that SF clean, which was nice, but the grit on his amp as it cranked up was pretty awesome. Those are good amps , too, if you get a good example without any issues. Personally , I haven't had any problems with the new Fender amps that I've purchased in the last 7 years. If issues do come about, send it back in for a good one and you can forget about it for a long time. The circuit boards look fine and they work fine.

    If I do get a Twin reverb again, I'd go for one of the these '68 Customs. They seem pretty cool and they look really nice. There is a lot of satisfaction getting a brand new piece of gear, especially if you have had to play second or third hand stuff your whole life. Shiny is fun!
     
  9. Buffalo0993

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    Exactly people think because an amp is handwired it has some magic pixie dust put in it by the people who made it. Don't get me wrong vintage fenders are great that's why people want them. But the reissues are pretty similar main difference is they haven't aged. Pcb and handwiring do the same things
     
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    I'm in! my '68 arrived today. Follow up to come with my testimonial. So far it sounds great. Here she is front and center with her friends:

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    That makes a lot of sense. I know there will always be a debate on handwired vs. PCB but I would rather play what sounds good than worry about amp status. I worked about buying a vintage amp. What if it sounds great and than a few months later I need to drop a few hundred into caps or tubes or whatever. I like the sound of the PRRI and I don't play at volumes that would cause any cabinet rattle. These new 68's have peaked my interest. I may be getting one as soon as I get a MF coupon! Thanks for the reviews and the pics.
     
  12. Buffalo0993

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    You know I don't think you'll have to worry about tubes, if anything the tubes in the vintage amp will last longer. Old tubes were built to last and so were the amps. Today the amps are still built to last but the tubes are not.

    I'm not trying to steer people away from getting a vintage amp, they were really good amps that will last a lifetime even if you just got one. It's funny I had just begun looking for a vintage princeton reverb a month maybe less before I bought mine. I was looking for silverface because I could afford it, I saw these coming out and I bought one after an hour of thinking about it lol so it had alot to do with fender catching me at the right time, you can't go wrong either way though is what I'm trying to say

    Sometimes I wonder if the reason people are cork sniffy about only playing vintage amps is because they have their original high quality tubes still in them?
     
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    So cool Keith, welcome to the club. I'm glad to hear all the good reviews coming in. I may not be an elite musician but I know good tone or at least what is good to me and I thought this thing was awesome. I'm glad o hear it's at least respectable to guys with multiple great amps. Maybe I can slow the roll of amp purchasing. AAS is worse than GAS because the amp is really where the sound is and so many awesome amps out there to choose from. Or wait I'm jonesing for a Champ as I type. Rrrghh
     
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    I played through a Princeton with a 12" speaker in it a couple weeks ago and I still can't stop thinking about it. That's why people do it. :D
     
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    Your craZy guys with multiple great amps, you have multiple great amps. This princeton reverb is the only amp I have. Right now I'm gasing for a champ or I might just go cheap and get a vox pathfinder
     
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    No on the Pathfinder! You want a Drip Edge Champ or Vibro Champ to match your '68 Custom! You are in the Fender family now, you're sunk! Lol.
     
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    Haha I agree, I think your right! Where's that sound clip man iv been waiting.
     
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    I have to spend some honey time with my wife. I'll get to the clip as soon as I can. I was shocked as to how easy it was to pick up the amp and bring it home. No fuss no worries from my wife! I guess 20 years married, she knows me pretty good. Clip to come! Thanks, Keith.
     
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    No problem just make sure you do it :p
     
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    Tried Jim Campilongo's advice. Turned volume up to 10, bass, 10, treble 8, reverb 5 and some slow tremolo. Roll down Tele volume to clean up. Wow. Sounds great with this '68 CPR. Jim claims to have the amp at these settings all the time and just rolls his volume as needed for dirt, and adjusts his pick attack. I admit 10 was little "hissy" for me, so I ran it at 8. Great amp!
     
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