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Using 2 amps at once- amp to pair with a Princeton?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by SciFlyer, Jan 1, 2018.

  1. SciFlyer

    SciFlyer Supporting Member

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    Any of you gig/ rehearse using two smaller amps at once? Thinking of pairing my '68 Princeton reissue with another small amp. Nothing boutique. Ideas?
     
  2. zenas

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    The sky's the limit really. Like do you want the other one to be cleaner, dirtier or about the same? After that a good ABY pedal with ground lift is nice to have.
    Personally I went through a multi amp phase, even bought a Voodoo Labs Amp Switcher that does four amps. (works great!) But I'm kinda back to just one at a time now. Definitely worth trying because it does sound pretty cool.
     
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    If you're looking for contrast then I'd go with a 5e3 or a 2xEL84 M style. The tweed I think is the most natural option.
     
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    I’d also say a 5e3 Deluxe would be a good match or a Brownface Deluxe. A smaller Marshall type amp would be a good one too. These 3 options all have a saggier more overdriven thing going on than the Princeton. With an A/B/Y box you can run them separately and combined for different flavors.

    I run a Deluxe Reverb RI and a Down Brownie (Brownface Deluxe clone) this way. Sounds amazing!!

     
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    5E3
    6G3

    or variant
     
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  6. SciFlyer

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    I guess I was thinking something that will compliment the Princeton, maybe more overdriven, something that handles the low end better. Not sure. I have some louder amps and a couple different 212s that I can try.
     
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  7. SciFlyer

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    So you think a tweed deluxe style or brown face sounds good paired with it? Might be outta my price range.
     
  8. JK1965

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    It sounds amazing! You got your blackface clean and the grind of the earlier Fender. Blending them is almost 3D sounding. You could get a 5e3 clone for less than a 6g3. Do some research here. There are tons of options.
     
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    a'cheap' variant might be a vht 12/20; runs 6v6 or 6l6... ~$300ish
     
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    A Fender paired with a Vox is pure bliss, try an AC10C1!
     
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    I run a Blues Jr (NOS Tweed) and a 68 Custom Princeton Reverb in tandem with an A/B/Y pedal.
    The combination sounds huge for 2-12/15 watt amps. I haven't tried it via a stereo out on my
    Neo Ventilator pedal yet.
     
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    Mike Campbell used Princeton paired with Tweed Deluxe so I tried it. It's amazing. 66 Princeton and 58 Tweed Deluxe.
     
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    I’ll echo the tweed amp recommendation. Tweeds have lots of midrange complexity which, when paired with the bf style highs & lows of a Princeton, makes for a great sound.

    That said, you have the 68 reissue, which already has more mids, but not the sparkle of the original Princeton reverbs... so I might lean towards a VOx - ac10 or ac15, to give some mids as well as sparkle.
     
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    I like pairing my BFPR with my silvertone 1471, basically a tweed champ. If the princeton is run clean, the champ is grinding.
     
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    Granted I'm using smaller amps but I'm having a blast running my '65 BF Champ and my '59 Tweed Champ together. They compliment each other very well so I too would suggest something tweedy to pair with your Princeton. A Tweed will add warmth and mids.
     
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    How about pairing it with another Princeton?!
     
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  17. SciFlyer

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    Thanks everyone for all the suggestions. I ran it along with my old Sovtek MIG 50. It's a custom job that someone made into a 210 combo. That amp sounds great but is a bit too powerful.. tough to get the volume dialed in just right. It sounded pretty cool, but I definitely need to hear it along with amps closer in power to the Princeton.
     
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    How about a 65ri princeton? The 68 is a different sound than the 65 and they would pair nicely together.

    Your friend,
    Ryan Adams
     
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  19. PurpleJesus

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    I did this for years with a Marshall Class5. Great tones all around.
     
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  20. SciFlyer

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    How loud does that Class 5 get? Must be a loud 5 watts
     

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