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Fender amp opinions NEEDED!!! :D

rwszero1

Member
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I had a listen to both the DRRI and BJ3 recently and to be honest I wasn't convinced either way. The BJ3 certainly seemed more versatile than the DRRI.

The Princeton RRI was then thrown into the mix as a somewhere between the DRRI and BJ3 and whilst ringing around to see which shop had a PRRI the salesman at one store threw yet another amp, the Supersonic 22 into the pot as well!!! :/

I currently have a Vox AC15 and AC4TV and I love 'em but I'm looking for 'that' Fender tone with no more than around 20watts.
I liked the BJ3 for it's versatility but it seemed.......cheap, whereas the DRRI seems to be a better built amp but doesn't quite have to 'tonal variety' that the BJ3 had. Haven't heard the PRRI face to face as yet and the SS22 seems to have a LOT of variety.:huh

What's your thoughts please peeps. :)
 

vibrostrat43

Silver Supporting Member
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It sounds like you're not cranking up the Deluxe Reverb...since it doesn't have a master volume the distortion you get has to come at higher volumes while the Blues Junior can get some preamp overdrive at low volumes.

I can promise you when they both played loud they are much different animals, the Deluxe will not sound as creamy as the Blues Junior because it will be a tighter more SRV type overdriven sound, but the Blues Junior will be pretty saggy and usually will have a really floppy low end more like the 40's amps that blues players used to play on.

The Princeton Reverb is similar to the Deluxe, but it breaks up a somewhat lower volume, and is maybe not quite as tight.

The Fender Supersonic 22 is in my opinion a great amp. The overdrive channel may not be for everyone (I think it sounds good once you learn how to set it up), but the clean channels are great blackface fender sounding with the Bassman channel having a bit more lows and mids. You can of course crank the clean channels for that classic, tight blackface overdrive.

The real question is like the above poster said...are you going to play it in your house all the time? At gigs? How large are the gigs? Do you have a practice space that lets you get loud without disturbing people? These questions should be answered, and the question of how much you're willing to spend as well. The Supersonic is the most expensive followed by the Deluxe, Princeton, and Blues Junior.
 

spayne99

Member
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421
I just got a Princeton Reverb Reissue and as far as my needs go, it's the perfect amp. That's for playing in my house and doing some recording. It really sounds fantastic at low volumes, and takes well to my OCD. The reverb and tremolo are fantastic and give me that ambient spacey vibe that I love.

This amp is a keeper. Up until now I've been through a Line 6 Spider (first amp haha), Epi Valve Junior, Peavey Bandit, Fender Pro Junior, and a Fender Mustang 1. I'm keeping the Mustang 1 around, but all the rest are gone.
 

Pelagic

Silver Supporting Member
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385
For me, "that" Fender tone is the gorgeous blackface clean tone. I'd go with the PRRI or DRRI and enjoy them clean. I prefer overdrive thru the Marshall/Vox amps. YMMV of course.
 

rwszero1

Member
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81
Thank you all for your input.......I should have stated that I will be using it for home use, I am a 'hobby' guitarist, the occasional jam with mates but mainly playing for myself and learning more and home recording. I have found that the smaller wattage amps are great because they sound good and are great for recording while the slightly louder amps between 10 - 20 watts can certainly annoy the neighbours but are not over bearing where stuff in the house start to vibrate......too much! That is primarily why I am looking for an amp in that wattage range (10 -20ish).
 




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