Sold my Blues JR and got a '65 Fender Princeton RI...

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  1. RichCuellarPDX

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    Ive been learning guitar for about two years now. Bought a Tweed Blues Jr, sold it. Bought another Blues Jr. Sold it. They're fine amps, but for some reason, I didn't take to them. I decided to spend a little more money and buy a '65 Princeton Reissue, and boy, what a difference in every way. The clarity and fullness (not to mention the reverb) is much better than my BJ. Now, I know I dont have an experienced ear, but the Princeton just sings! This could be the only amp Ill ever need:)
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    Until the next one that is
     
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    Welcome to the club! I put tilt back legs on mine to get it pointed at my head, you miss a lot of highs if you keep it pointed at your knees. Enjoy!
     
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    Man, its like you know me and we've never met, haha!
     
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    It’s an excellent choice. I had one and sold it and then realized how great it is so I got another. I have a special edition with a 12” speaker but it’s true to the standard version.
    Excellent cleans and, using the treble and bass controls, can produce a variety of tones
    It takes pedals extremely well. In fact, Howard Gee, the former effects designer at Catalinbread, frequently used them to demonstrate his pedals.
    I seriously doubt that I will ever sell my PRRI.

    Congratulations!
     
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    Ditto.
     
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    Enjoy!!
     
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    I played Blues Juniors for ten years. I went so far as to call myself the president of the fan club. But when I first played through a '68RI Princeton it was all over. Now I've been playing that amp for almost ten years, and I don't see myself wanting or needing anything different.
     
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    I found the BJ a little too restrictive as well. Didn't care for the short can reverb, and lack of tremolo. For what it does, it sounds great, but the Princeton reissues are much more versatile - and with a much better reverb, IMO. Now what to do with Junior??
     
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    I have one too. Great amp! What kind of overdrive are you using with it?
     
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    I turn my PRRI up to ten and use the volume control on my guitar and everything is there. Fantastic amp. Great reverb and trem.
     
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    Welcome to the classic Fender sound!

    The Blues Junior is an amp Fender makes, but it's really 'boxy' sounding unless you spend additional money shooting it with the parts cannon.
     
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    Which I did: New tubes, Weber/Cannabis Rex/Celestion speaker replacement, BillM mods. For all the money I threw at 'em, I coulda bought a PRRI in the first place):
     
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    Congrats and enjoy! I did the same as you a few years ago, replacing my Blues Jr with a 65 PRRI, and I never looked back. May you have many years of joy and awesome tone with it!
     
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    Seriously, it sounds SO GOOD. The more i play it, the more I love it. Best $800 bucks Ive spent.
     
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    Sold my tweed BJ last year. Never bonded with it and it just sounded harsh. I did get the humboldt limited one and love it. Here’s my mini wall of sound.
     
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    Love my PRRI; play it in dual mono with a Silverface Princeton non-reverb ('75, I think?) and it sounds frikkin' majestic.
     
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    Sweet Amp but I played the PRRI against the BJIV Celestion I eventually bought and now love. I thought the BJ had a brighter, more full tone.
    And I fully agree about the reverb. So I got a Strymon Flint.
    I wouldn’t kick the PRRI out of bed, though.
     
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    Im sure the BJ-IV sounds great, Ive heard good things about them.
     
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