Upon reading earlier today that Fender had reissued the much loved, hand wired 64 Princeton after 56 years, I nearly jumped out of my chair. When I saw a few weeks ago that they had released the Deluxe Reverb hand wired, I figured it wouldn't be long before the PR came along, and sure enough, they delivered. It's everything that you'd expect from a hand wired version of the iconic 64 blackface PR: luscious, very well built, solid pine cab, slightly aged look to the grill cloth, and of course, hand wired with the 10" Jensen P10-R alnico speaker. It's solid. And it comes with a very nice padded cover. While I was at the store I had the chance to compare it to a PRRI and the hand wired incarnation has a slightly less bright sound with all of the controls set the same. Much could explain that, such as the solid pine cab, different speaker, and being hand wired, or all of the above. Is it "better" sounding than the PRRI? That depends on what your idea of "better" is. In a word, I'd have to say no, it is not "better" sounding, but you know you are playing through a Fender hand wired amp, and it's a reincarnation of the most recorded amp in music history. You're holding a piece of history, and that speaks for something, I think. Having previously owed both the PRRI and an original 74' Silverface, I had fairly reasonable expectations as to what this new incarnation would sound like, and I was not disappointed. The P10-R is tighter, or perhaps it's the output transformer, but the speaker doesn't flub out the way it does in the PRRI. That means the bass if tighter, and in more control. The controls are very responsive as well. Just a slight turn of the intensity knob on the tremolo, and your notes take on a new characteristic. The reverb, as Fender is well known, is lush and sublime. It was an easy decision. Been waiting for this one for a long time.