Fender Princeton Chorus

Made by Fender

Description This is a small amp, but it sounds great and it's LOUD. Unless you're doing gigs with a heavily equipped band, this is all you need. Maybe your neighbors won't have you exiled.
Posted By Shannon Medlin (20)
Directory Equipment: Amplifiers
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Overall Rating: 4.2 (of 5)
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On 1/20/2007, Randy Combs (6529) posted:
Overall Rating:
If your are looking for a great clean Fender tone for low dough, this is a good choice. I hate the cheesy input jacks that Fender has, and mounted to the circuit board makes for tough change. But the versatility of tones to be had makes up for any miscoming. The chorus is pretty good, the reverb is OK, for a Fender it should be better. The lead channel can produce some really good tones, but you have tweek the tone controls, a little bit of turning goes a long way with this amp. The stock 2 x 10 speakers are OK for the clean but not very good for distorted tones. I am definitely changing them out, once again, the clean tones are worth it, and I am sure it will make the lead channel much better.
Price: $80.00 (new)
Where Obtained: ebay
Features:
A versatile amp with 2 inputs,treble, bass, mid, presence, reverb, 2 volumes, one for each channel, limiter control, effects loop in and out, stereo in and out, a headphone jack and chorus rate and depth controls. It does have channel switching via the amp or a footswitch. It is loud enough for small gigs. It is a solid state Fender amp.
Sound Quality:
The clean channel is the shiznit. super nice, full and warm. The clean channel alone is worth the price of admission. You can dial in some good tones on the lead channel. This is not a high gain amp, more suited to classic rock and blues and country. Background noise is minimal, even when it's pushed to it's gain limits. With my Les Paul it is a sweet tone on the clean channel and a good crunch tone on the lead channel. With my Telecaster it's amazing the tone it has for a solid state amp. It's not a Deluxe Reverb, but it's pretty darn good.
Ease of Use:
Not a programmable amp, but it takes some tweeking the tone tone controls to get it sounding sweet. But it's in there, just gotta work with it. Easy to get a good tone on the clean channel, though.
Durability:
I got this amp used and the previous ownwer(s) did not take care of it at all. It had a few different colors of spray paint on the tolex, where someone used the amp as a work table. It hadn't ever been cleaned I do not believe. But it works perfectly. I stripped the cab, painted it black, thoroughly cleaned the amp inside and out, put it back together and man it looks good now. The design of the amp chassis is a retarded one. The screw mounts to hold the chassis in are all at weird points and were very hard to realign. The shape of the chassis is another retard trait. Obviously the designer was some kind of reject architect. But cabinet itself is rather strong. The bad thing about Solid State amps is that when they mess up they are basically worthless.
On 2/5/2006, Shannon Medlin (20) posted:
Overall Rating:
When I bought this amp I only had $500. For that kind of money, this was the best amp I could find. I'm sure that there are better amps out there, but until we get a record deal (ain't happenin'), I've got better things to spend my money on (more guitars).
Price: $349.99 (new)
Where Obtained: Mars Music of Charlotte
Features:
2 channels, 50 watts, solidstate, stereo chorus, reverb, stereo and mono effects loops, limiter and presence controls on gain channel, 2 button footswitch. Only has 1 EQ for both channels and the effects loops are not switchable.
Sound Quality:
This amp sounds great for its size and cost. It carries a lot of bass even at high gain levels. It also has great feedback. I use it to play in a garage band, and the other guitarist plays through a Crate Blue VooDoo. The little Fender amp looks unimpressive, but keeps up, and on heavier, more distorted music, sounds better than the Crate.
Ease of Use:
We play mostly cover tunes, and usually I only need to adjust the mid and/or gain between some songs. With that and a volume pedal in the effects loop, it's not hard to get the right sounds.
Durability:
This amp has been used for years in a band. It has been played at very high volumes for hours at a time in smoke filled rooms and outdoors, and carried around in the back of a pickup countless times. NO PROBLEMS.
On 10/24/2003, Jeremy Ellis (41) posted:
Overall Rating:
Clapton must have known what he was doing when he played through the Princeton Chorus. From crystal clear chorus to thick high-gain distortion--this amp has it all.
Model Year: 1992
Price: $299.00
Where Obtained: Music-Go-Round
Features:
This amp features 3 tone knobs (Treble/Mid/Bass) and 2 channels. Distortion side has mid boost, presence and limiter functions. It also has one reverb control that affects both sides and master volume for each channel. Front panel has 2 inputs, headphone out, foot switch out, and both mono and stereo send/return effects loops.
Sound Quality:
The is a beautiful sounding amplifier with 2 10's and of course built in chorus. If only it was a tube amp...my only problem is that it tops out way too fast. As the music gets louder througout the night, it just can't compensate.
Ease of Use:
Although it is non-programmable, this amp is relatively easy to use. with the foot switch, you have the option of selecting clean, distortion, and chorus on any combination of the two. The chorus on this amp is a perfect blend of mellow and tranquil.
Durability:
This amp is light-weight, and makes travel an ease. I do; however, believe that this makes a far better studio amp than for live performance--unless you've got a mic. on it, you're gonna soon lose it in the mix on stage. So far (fortunately) I have done minimal work on this amp.
On 8/21/2000, Lisa Perusse (425) posted:
Overall Rating:
I wanted tube... but this sounded just as good! and it cost less...
Model Year: 1999
Price: $650.00 can (new)
Where Obtained: Steve's Music Store
Features:
This is a great amp. i love how it has 2 channels that can both have reverb and how on the distortion channel you have a volume AND a gain knob... plus a mid gain boost. the tone is excellent clean as well as dirty. It's got amazing sound past 2 on the vol knob. You'd never know it wasn't a tube amp!
Sound Quality:
It doesn't sound too great with my Zoom 505. the distortion sounds tinny... It sounds pretty good with my digitech 256XL as long as i remember to turn the reverb down on the amp. It's great for jazz and blues.
Ease of Use:
Durability:
Pretty solid. I rarely move the thing... but as far as i can tell i don't THINK it would break
On 4/18/2000, Jeff Mills (127) posted:
Overall Rating:
Great bang for the buck. Can't really go wrong with this amp.
Model Year: 1996
Price: $200.00
Where Obtained: Guitars Etc., Longmont Colorado
Features:
I wish there were a volume control for the stereo return, but glad it even has one.
Sound Quality:
This little amp really kicks it!
Ease of Use:
Cinchy!
Durability:
Drag it around alot-no problemo.