Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by Powderfinger, Sep 5, 2008.
Primarily for great cleans and good ability to take pedals?
Probably the Super Reverb.
I'd pick the Bassman.
Well there you have it... the definitive answer.
I'll agree with you guys - Twin Reverb Reissue.
You guys nailed it - new Princeton Reverb Reissue!
I think we have a consensus.
But seriously, all of them are great, built on classic circuits, and construction is bullet-proof. As far as "the best", it comes down to taste.
I've owned three of them. I had the Twin Reverb Reissue for several years, then the Super Reverb Reissue for a week, then the Bassman for about two years. Sold them all. Bang for buck is good in all three cases. But for me, in each case there was something lacking and correcting the issues would have required me to buy new speakers or modify the amp. In each case I decided to sell.
All three of the ones I owned, in retrospect, were equal. The Twin and Super Reverb were close in clean tone. The Bassman had a completely different clean (no reverb), still stellar and chimey. The Bassman seemed to take pedals the best though.
What other factors are important to you in an amp? The reissue Fenders vary greatly, so it's an important question. Maybe we can help you find the one best suited to you based on the answers.
'57 Tweed Twin, of course!
Super Reverb reissue.
Hard to find though since they haven't made them since the mid-90s.
I've owned the following Fender reissue amps: Deluxe Reverb, Bassman, Super Reverb, '57 Deluxe and the Vibroverb reissue they made until the mid-90s. W/O a doubt the best for cleans and pedals...as you asked...is the Super Reverb.
This is probably the correct answer. But... like all of the Fender reissues, a speaker change is usually required to round out the package.
I did a speaker change for the '57 Deluxe...big difference and one that was needed. Thought about it for the Deluxe Reverb but didn't own it long enough. The Vibroverb is the one I should have done such with...those replicated Oxford 10"s were far too mushy. Of course none of these three amps would give the OP the cleans they are looking for. With that in mind neither the Bassman (I had one of the first reissues...back in 1990) nor the Super Reverb needed speakers replaced IMO.
What speaker changers are you guys making for the super reverbs?
Of those I've played and/or owned, it's the "57 tweed twin reissue. That Princeton RI shows promise, only heard it for a couple minutes.
Either twin reverb reissue or Super Reverb Reissue will take pedals very well. It's generally accepted that the the BF or SF fenders take pedals well.