New amp day...Fender 64 Princeton Reverb hand wired.

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  1. Jared Purdy

    Jared Purdy Friend of Leo's

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    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.
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  2. Bob Arbogast

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    Nice. Enjoy that amp!

    (By the way, what's that strange-looking Telecaster??)
     
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    Haha!! Tele's long lost big brother! :D
     
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    Sweet!
     
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    Neato!
     
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    Very nice! Congrats and play the heck out of it.
     
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    Congrats! Enjoy your new toy.
     
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    Congratulations! Enjoy it. And I appreciate your no-nonsense review. You know what you've got, got what you want, and you like it. Excellent!
     
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    Thanks. That doesn't happen often enough where I'm concerned! I guess it must mean that I'm getting old. :lol:
     
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    Big? It's the younger brother, historically. :twisted:
     
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    How does it sound compared to the Silverface model?

    I am a big supporter of the Princeton and find the Brownface version my favorite, but not by much over the later incarnations. Every single time I see a vintage Princeton show up, I get so tempted, but the price is often a little too steep.
     
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    Hi, I no longer have the 74' Silverface, but the SF had the same problem as the PRRI: the speaker got flubby at higher volumes. It was frustrating. I have not put the 64' through the paces, but I had it fairly loud and the speaker held it together. The 74' SF that I had did not sound really any different that a BF, from what I could tell. I was able to A/B it to the PRRI that I had, and aside from some obvious minor tonal differences owing to the age difference and component difference, characteristically they were the same amp. These current Silverface reissues sound nothing like the 74' that I had.
     
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    Cheers!
     
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    That’s a cool amp. Congrats!
     
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    Congrats, this one also has my interest.
    Enjoy!
     
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    It's an offset Nashville! Nice amp, BTW.
     
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    Great amp, Congrats. How do you like that little a Supro Blues King?
     
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    Bravo!!!! Enjoy your great new amp man!!!
     
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    Lovely amp; I got the '64 Deluxe version 18 months ago...it's a great amp too, but perhaps a little more than I need at home, though I have gigged it. Your '64 Princeton might have been a better buy for me, but they didn't have it for sale when I bought mine.

    Enjoy it. :)
     
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    Well right off the bat I see they got one thing wrong.
    A real 1964 Princeton Reverb wouldn't have the logo on the grill cloth. :)

    That's the first thing I noticed when I saw my 1964 PR sitting in a store. Wasn't interested in buying an amp that day but for $900, after a look inside, I bought an amp that day!
    Funny part was the guy traded it off cause it was too small and didn't have enough headroom. Original electrolytics will do that.
     
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