New Fender 68 ProReverb & VibroChamp Series

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  1. KnopflerStyle

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    Guys... this are available at stores...


    68 PRO REVERB


    68 VIBRO CHAMP


    My thoughts...

    * Great for Fender to develop again low wattage amps (5W). Most of us need bedroom volumes, especially during lockdowns... Most of our time playing at low volume.
    * Vibro with a 10" speaker... why? if you will modify the speaker (8") put the 12" inside like the Blackstar HTR5. Also Fender did it with the princeton... 12" is the benchmark...
    * Prices... a little bit high for my feelings and wallet

    But hey... lets hear users... anyone?
     
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    Some real nice playing in that Pro Reverb video starting around 3:44. Made me want one, even though I have enough Fender amps for several lifetimes.
     
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    The Pro seems like the perfect do-it-all Fender amp!
     
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    40W its a only GIG amp IMO (no bedroom, no studio)
     
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    Both sound nice to me. Title says Vibrolux instead of Vibro Champ...

    Mod edit: Fixed title
     
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    Something new from Fender and it’s not just cosmetic! Yea!

    The Pro Reverb might be cool if I added an attenuator. (I have to give up on the idea of Fender ever offering power scaling in an amp.)
     
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    The Pro is likely far too loud for my applications, and I worry about headroom on the Vibro Champ. I suppose I'll have to play it next to a Princeton is see what happens.
     
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    If i have to bet... the vibro champ will be a good plataform for a 12" conversion... then it will came "special" version from fender like princeton with a 12"...

    To me 10" and 8" are no way amps... those mids... really hard to fix.
     
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    They sound good to me.
    A 1976 VC was my first amp so I 'may' pick one of these up for sentimental reasons.
    *Just for a little perspective - there's $1400.00 worth of microphone in front those amps.
     
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    I was playing through one of the current Princeton re-issues today at a rehearsal and it has that Celestion 10" in it ... https://willcuttguitars.com/products/fender-68-custom-princeton-reverb-ltd-surf-g10-b792245
    I think it sounds great w/the 10". YMMV
     
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    I'm well aware of that.
    My point is that a 10" still sounds good in a Princeton (or a champ or a VC or a pro junior, etc.).
    Yes, many people, as well as Fender and other builders will sometimes put a 12" in these small amps but that doesn't mean it's "better". It's just different. You personally may like it more - I do too in some cases and in fact I'm having a custom Blankenship tweed 5 watt combo built with a celestion 12" - but it's a different thing.
    That's why I said YMMV - your mileage may vary.
    I was just anecdotally mentioning that today I played a current FMIC Princeton with a 10" and it sounded great (335, OD and delay). *I also own a vintage SF Princeton with a 10" and it's extra awesome. So awesome in fact that I will never buy an expensive guitar w/o playing it through that amp first.
     
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    Yes of course, there will be people who prefers 10"... but for one reason most of the extension cabinets has 12" or 2x12"... just a few with 10".
     
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    I've got a SF Pro Reverb 2 channel from the early 70's with no midrange knob & no master volume. So if this new Fender reissue comes close to the preproducing that sound, it would be a great amp!
     
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    I really like vintage and hand wired stuff. But I have to admit that the Pro Reverb sounded stellar, and every modification or update they did is something I would appreciate. Making it a light 1×12 but keeping it at 40 W, with a middle control and a bright switch is a great idea.
     
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    +1
     
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    My Bassbreaker 007 has a celestion Ten-30 10” speaker. I plugged it into a Blues Jr cabinet with the 12” Emminence Cannibis Rex. The 10” sounds much better. Bigger is not always the answer.
     
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    I won't buy one as 40w is more power than I need but Fender fixed the issues of the SF Pro Reverb I had. Being, same cabinet and not far short of a Twin in weight, having a fairly useless extra channel and yes - lack of a mid control.

    Now if they brought out a similar 68 Custom Deluxe Reverb.....

    I love 10" speakers in amps. Superchamp with efficient ten punches through. 30lb, Champ sized.
     
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    Gauss here... The median says yes to 12". only the tale says no.
     
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