Sell PRRI to buy Blues Junior: Am I crazy?

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by tele_pathic, Oct 5, 2018.

  1. fasteddie42

    fasteddie42 Tele-Holic

    Dec 10, 2016
    Tip of the Mitt
    Glad you've "heard" the difference between the DRRI and PRRI and are happier after some A/B'n.

    **unsolicited opinion**

    if you're REALLY hankering for a small el-84 based fender, I think a Pro Junior compliments a PRRI better than a blues jr.

    at least the PRRI special editions are plywood, unless I'm mistaken, most of the BJ's (including most special editions, though not ALL of em') are still dado'd particle board construction)
  2. DHart

    DHart Friend of Leo's

    Oct 12, 2012
    Scottsdale, AZ USA
    Mix your wasabi with the soy sauce and keep the PRRI - the world will be right again! :lol: In St. George, that is.
  3. drmmrr55

    drmmrr55 Tele-Holic

    Aug 20, 2017
    Federal Way, Washington
    I agree with some of the other posts, it sounds like there is something wrong with the reverb & tremolo. I have that PRRI tweed with C-rex speaker, and I think it's killer. Mine also came with a bad switch, and I've seen more than a couple of posts about that. (a trend?)
    I would definitely check the tube/s that are driving the reverb/tremolo, because although the reverb is quite rich and cavernous, that is how a Fender reverb is supposed to sound. (but not with ghost reverb, with the amp idling). The tremolo is definitely not as domineering as the reverb, but should be quite prominent in the 6-7 plus range. (in that regard, I would look at the tube driving the tremolo). I can't comment on the BJ, because I've never played one, ( I do know, a lot of people really like it!), but for me, the tweed FSR '65 BF reissue is an awesome amp, and works just as I'd hoped it would when I decided to buy it.
  4. Ripradiant

    Ripradiant Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 31, 2014
    Alberta Canada
    Yup you are crazy! Part 1 of your plan is great and you should sell your PRRI. But, part 2 needs revision... take that money and buy a full size fender hand wired from the 70s like maybe a twin or pro reverb.
  5. tele_pathic

    tele_pathic Friend of Leo's

    Aug 18, 2009
    St. George, UT
    So I picked up a Source Audio True Spring spring reverb/tremolo pedal, and I LOVE the trem and reverb in this pedal much more than the reverb and trem in the PRRI. So now, I've got all this on my mind again.

    Instead of a Blues Jr, should I sell the PRRI to get a Tweed Deluxe 5e3 type amp? I wish I would have thought about that first. My only concern would be clean headroom. My PRRI is pretty clean at 5-6, which I need for our band. Would the 5e3 still be clean at similar volume around 5?
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  6. Marc Morfei

    Marc Morfei Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 6, 2018
    Philadelphia, PA
    The stock speaker in the BJ is terrible. I reacted to it the same way you did. But with a different speaker (in my case, a CRex) it sounds like an entirely different amp. In a good way.
  7. derekirving

    derekirving TDPRI Member

    Dec 16, 2012
    santa rosa
    @tele_pathic I'm looking at getting the Source Audio True Spring too. They sound GREAT in the videos I've seen.

    I DO have a 5E3 (lil dawg D-lux) it's a GREAT amp. That being said when you say 5E3 with volume 5 are you looking for volume 5 "clean" or volume 5 "dirty"? I have a pretty efficient speaker in mine (99.8 db) and that helps, but i keep mine at volume 3. I play pretty clean w/a hint of hair rockabilly, retro rock n roll, blues and jump blues. Anything more than 3 for me gets too compressed and distorted for me. On 3 it works with my band which doesn't have too loud of a drummer.

    A blues jr at 5 will be louder and probably cleaner. Try before you buy if you can. I have to say I think the new fender IV pro jr and blue jrs sound good. They are different tonality then a 5E3, the PRRI will also be cleaner then the 5E3. Those circuits react differently at volume 5.

    I much prefer the 5E3 over a PRRI and the Blues Jr.
  8. RLee77

    RLee77 Friend of Leo's

    May 15, 2016
    I checked out that source audio pedal, it sounds pretty cool and seems very flexible... thanks for calling it out. I assume that when you power down the pedal, it comes back up with whatever previous settings you had for reverb & trem?

    Edit: On second thought, I think I’d rather have reverb and trem in their separate pedals, so they can each be turned on/off and adjusted easily. I think it would have been better if the side mode switch toggled between trem and reverb adjust with each push, rather than having to hold down the switch... that sounds really awkward to do with a guitar strapped.
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2018
  9. Grandma's Tele

    Grandma's Tele Tele-Meister

    Aug 20, 2009
    The source Audio pedal seems nice and before you change your amp (and lose money), maybe you could try these kind of pedals. They are not very expensive, usually:
  10. Greggorios

    Greggorios Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Jun 18, 2016
    Patterson, NY
    Adding my voice to those above suggesting the Princeton get checked out by a good tech before you make a decision. Also remember the BJ and the PR are very different amps/circuits with different tone characteristics. (EL 84 vs 6V6 power tubes). They're both fine in their own ways but the PR is much more classic Fender tone.
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