Which one and why? USA-built PCB amp poll

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by BigSB, May 2, 2016.

Even money - which one would you choose?

  1. Fender Pro Junior

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  2. Ampeg J-12T

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  1. BigSB

    BigSB Member

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    Used Fender Pro Junior locally*
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    Used Ampeg J-12T?

    If I were to go with the PJ, I have a nice tremolo pedal, so it's not like I'd lose that feature.

    I used to own the Jet. Liked it a lot with, of all things, a stock Epi LP Special II.

    *I also have a line on a tweed Pro Jr with an upgraded Weber AlNiCo speaker. That one is a bit more money plus shipping.

    I know Ampeg amps are famous for not really doing the amp OD thing unless you're talking about wall-shaking volume. I don't like absolutely saturated OD, but I don't like pristine cleans either.

    Let's say it's even money, and you're buying an amp for small to medium-sized rooms, miking, of course. Blues and R&B-type stuff, Stax sort of thing. Hard to pin down, but cleaner than not, if that makes sense.

    Opinions?
     
  2. Braciola

    Braciola Silver Supporting Member

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    The one that sounded better to me :dunno
     
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  3. BigSB

    BigSB Member

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    Just wondering, because TGP knows these things, if there are any empirical differences (build quality, history of trouble/issues, etc) between the two.
     
  4. dewey decibel

    dewey decibel Supporting Member

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    I did a live radio thing and they had one of those Jets as backline, I was a little nervous but I actually liked it fine, a little more midrange push than the blackface Fenders I'm used to playing but not too much. But I'd be really worried about running out of headroom, I know what you mean about liking un-pristine cleans, but then again there's nothing worse than having an SRV type sound on a gig like that.

    Same with a Pro Jr though, I'd think you'd be looking at something with more ummph, maybe 2x6L6s. Hot Rod Deluxe, Peavey Classic 50 or 30, Carvin Bel Aire, etc.
     
  5. BigSB

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    Unfortunately, size/weight are an issue. I am in the minority that actually really liked my HRDx; both channels, honestly! Too bad the HRDx is too heavy for me these days with back problems and hernias.

    I've only ever played through one Peavey Classic 30 that I liked. The others I have tried were harsh, trebly and overly bright. I don't know if the one I liked had been modded; I wasn't in the market for an amp at the time because I owned an Alessandro Working Dog back then. Now THAT was a light combo with tone for years, not days.
     

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