Do most Fender amps have huge jumps in volume between "1" and "2"?

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  1. still.ill

    still.ill Member

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    Bought a '68 Custom Princeton Reverb that exhibits this problem... do the Deluxe Reverbs also have this issue? I've heard firsthand that the new Bassbreaker series actually avoid this
     
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    It's the taper of the volume dial that Fender uses in some amps.

    While the problem is annoying, the solution is quite simple and cheap. Replace it with one with an audio taper pot instead. Part should cost about $5-$10.

    MAKE SURE you are using the same value that is currently in your amp.

    Other Fender amps like the Blues or HotRod Deluxe/DeVille originals and reissues have this issue as well.
     
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    yeah my 68" Custom Deluxe Reverb has that issue. A lot of amps do, big jump early on. Not so hard to dial it in in though, you'll get used to it and it just takes seconds when you are
     
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    Very common. I just work around it knowing the amp was meant to be turned up a little anyway. Can be a PITA though
     
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    Wait, I thought the 1 and 2 were just place markers on the way to 6!
     
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    Actually, they may have done that on purpose.
    "Hey, it's that loud on 2, how loud will it be on 10?"
    Yea, most of the volume is done by 3, after that, it just adds overdrive.
     
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  7. BMX

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    Like others have said, Fender amps have almost all of their volume by about 3ish on the dial and then don't really add much. I've heard a lot of guys say things like "I only had my amp on 3 and I was getting complaints from the sound guy" when in reality they had much/most of the volume of the amp.
     
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    Does this apply to hybrid and modeling amps like the Fender SCX2 and the Mustang III?
     
  9. Lewguitar

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    It's not true of vintage Fenders.

    My blackface Fenders from the 60's, including two blackface Deluxe Reverbs, all get louder and louder up to at least volume 6.

    Might be the speakers I use: Celestion.

    Maybe the cheaper speakers get saturated at lower volumes and then crash.

    My Celestions are more efficient and stay cleaner...contrary to what some might think about Celestions being more distorted.
     
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    If you can dial in a volume that works for without too much trouble just leave it alone.
     
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    I could probably take the knob off of my vintage Princeton Reverb after setting it at 3.5. I have very rarely run the volume anywhere but this spot in the 7 years I've owned it.
     
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    I currently have a SFDR and a BF pro reverb. The pro is like 2 feet from me right now. Had it on yesterday and will again today.
    Both do get a Little louder past 3, but not a lot. By far, the majority of the volume is maxed out by 3 or 4. They Do start to compress after that, so the max just overdrives, and quieter sounds DO get louder, but the over all doesn't really get a lot louder. WAY more volume between 0 -2 than between 2 -10.
    I have used various speakers in both.
     
  13. great-case.com

    great-case.com a.k.a. "Mitch"

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    No, not my Blues Junior (circa '82), but I must ask... as my very generous wife often does: "Why settle for less than two?"
     
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    Clark GriswoId Supporting Member

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    mid 90's HRD - yes 1-2 is a pretty big jump.
     
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    The Hot Rod series do this for sure, didn't think the RIs did but I could be wrong. As said, swapping the pot solves the issue.
     
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    Wouldn't know. Don't play that low
     
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    Most vintage ones I've had don't even make sound until almost 2.
     
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    My vintage BF Bassman starts getting loud at 1 1/2, and it's blasting by 3. Any sound I can muster out of less than 1 1/2 is weak and thin. Almost the worst of both worlds; can't use it for quiet practice, and can't crank it up live to drive the power tubes because it gets too loud too quickly.
     
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    Can't say I'm well experienced with the modern Fenders, but a Pro Junior I once had seemed to go from nothing to band volume within a tiny fraction of a turn.
     
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  20. neteraser

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    Is that so? I remember a quite a difference between 4 and 10... At least it seemed louder at that time to me.
     

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