I don't care how good it sounds, it's fugly.

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  1. 3-Chord-Genius

    3-Chord-Genius Poster Extraordinaire

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    I stumbled across one of these beauties on craigslist. I'd never heard of them before, and by the looks of it, the designer had to come up with something before close of business on a Friday and threw this together before heading to the bar. Other amps that fall into the "I don't care how good it sounds, it's fugly" category for me are most Peaveys - there's just something about that logo. So, are there any amplifiers that probably sound terrific that you would never own based only on their appearance?
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    I don’t think it’s that bad looking... but I would miss the trem.
     
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    That looks like it has things covered without a million knobs.
    If the OD and Comp are foot switchable it looks more suitable for grab n go open mic nights than recording.
     
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    I love these Princeton Recording amps. But, there are too many parts you can't get any more, and the one I tried to buy through GC was broken. They sound really, really good though. The looks wouldn't bother me much...

    I dunno that I could ever own a tuck and roll Kustom. They are kitschy... I usually like kitschy. But still. Also, some of the purple amps form Marshall. They're just a little too spandex and leopard print for me.
     
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    Some years ago I nearly bought one but in the end didn't because of the extra weight. Doesn't it have a bulit in attenuator?
     
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    And a built in compressor and overdrive. Not modeling, but actual analog circuits.

    The weak point on the Princeton Recording is the delicate attenuator control knob. If the amp falls on it's face, they tend to break.
     
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    The big knob on the right of the silver bottom strip is the attenuator. I previewed one of these a few years back on a Friday night at GC and had a really interesting experience but ended up buying the '65 Deluxe Reissue instead. Turns out that the big knob was built for only a short while and isn't available. It also wasn't very reliable and the only thing to do now is bypass the attenuator.

    Bob
     
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    Those stage amps in this scene are perfect for the band, but wow. Deep pile red shag carpet covering that looks like they killed a Muppet.
     
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    My Peavey Bravo is hideously ugly but sounds great.
     
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    Mine, too! :)
     
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    Murph & the Magictones were good customers at Ray's Music Exchange...
     
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    Though you were talking about this one IMG_4933.JPG
     
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    I thought you were going to say you didn't care how it sounded, you had to have it.
    I like oddball. I'd have a princeton with a rack compressor shoved in there for sure, but I'm not looking for a princeton without trem.
     
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    Uriah1 Peavey is ugly but the Fender at the top just looks like an amp.
     
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    I buy amplifiers based on their sound, not appearance.
     
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    Mesa Rectifiers fit into this category, for me.
     
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    Those old Kustom roll and pleat Naugahyde amps are badass seriously cool amps. I played with a bass player for a few years, had a 400 watt Kustom head and two gigantic 18" folded horn cabinets. Awesome sound!
     
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    Changing a few shape elements that are discordant and simplifying the controls, again with the design aesthetic mods, this could be a good looking amp. It's like it's almost there. Replace the triangle plates for round and move the pointy Peavey logo to the back plus make the bottom corners of the head follow the same radius as the speaker grill corner radii would much improve the looks of this amp.

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    Those Princeton Recording amps are supposed to be awesome, they have the straight PR circuit with all the cool extras. I'd love to pick one up some day. Looks don't bother me at all.
    Al
     
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    I'd buy that.
     
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