Hi all, I'm thinking about getting a Princeton Reverb because I love the sound I've heard some guitarists getting out of them. I'm hoping that some of you may be able to give me opinions/recommendations re: the 65 and 68 reissues. I currently play on a Blues Jr. Any and all input will be appreciated.
I’ve had the 65’ PRRI and I currently have the 64’ Custom Hand Wired. One thing you’ll need to consider is getting rid of the P10R that’s in there. It does not keep the bass together. Check out the Eminence GA10-SC64. It’s leaps and bounds better sounding, right out of the box. The tone between the 65 and 64 are similar, but I prefer the tone from the 64’. Even with the P10R, it held together better than the 65’. Big price difference though. I’m not a fan of the 68’, so I’ll just leave that there.
I'd agree, I too have the 64 CHW version, and the p10 r is a bit muffled on the bottom, and a bit brittle on the top. I thinks the stock 65 comes with a c10r. I tried a Fender alnico blue, based on the Eminence 1028k, which is pretty good, but I just ordered the SC64. Best 10" I've tried is the Jupiter 10SC.
I'm not sure where I came across the GA10-SC64, made in partnership with amp "guru" George Alessandro and Eminence, but it does what the Jensen can't do. Actually, I think it was @Wally who told me about it.
Alessandro worked with Eminence to match the specs of a 64 10" ceramic that would have been in a original 64 PR. I'm not sure which speaker was used as a reference point, but it gets very favourable reviews. The highs are tamed as is the bass. It holds together much better.
The original PR never had a alnico speaker in it, so even that is a departure, if one is trying to stay period correct. The 65' PRRI I bought several years ago came with the P10R, as did the 64 CHW. Very happy with this amp.
As an aside, I have no idea why Fender wouldn't be contracting out to Eminence to supply this speaker, at least for this amp? They're an American company and they've worked with Fender since the early to mid 70's, and they have the correct specs, from what I was told by Alessandro himself. And, it's cheaper than the Jensen.