Fender Pro 185

185W Combo (2 x 2")

Made by Fender

Description If you are looking for a Fender twin, but want more features, this is the amp for you.
Posted By Bruce Maag (15581)
Directory Equipment: Amplifiers
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Overall Rating: 4.0 (of 5)
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On 9/3/2003, Harry Fanshawe (52) posted:
Overall Rating:
This amp could be better if it had on board effects like a line 6 amp. i would by a marshal; if this was stolen just be cause a difference in sound. the best aspect of this amp is that it can be driven hard without any effort. the worst thing is that it is f---ing heavy.
Where Obtained: msuic man 2nd hand instruments
Features:
This amp has two input channels with 13 red control knobs. Its got an effects loop a foot switch input. This amp is one motherf---er of an amp. By only using one speaker and the volume is pretty load for my house. If your guitar has emg pickups then the gain on this makes it sound wicked but otherwise you need a distion pedal. I have no idea if it has tube or state electronics.
Sound Quality:
I ve got a crappy korean guitar and a korg ax1500 effects pedal. i play rock/metal and this amp goes well. it's got a nice clean sound so a blues player would go well and a funk player with a strat. if your a person who likes to totally destroy their ear drumsthen this amp (besides a marshall stack) is for you.
Ease of Use:
This amp is a peice of p--- to get to sound good. this is easier program than a peavey blazer 158.
Durability:
You could easilly drop this amp and have it still perform well. the guy who had it before me had it for about seven years or something like that and he never had to repair it once. with this amp you would have a hell of a job to brake it.
On 3/19/2001, Alex Podreka posted:
Overall Rating:
Overall, each aspect fits together quite well to make for a very good amplifier. One of the most powerful combo amps, at times it could be accused of being a little too powerful. The poweramp is more like that of an independent head, which sounds like it could only be fully unleashed on a monster quad-box. The 2X12, however, is great for practises, but I would say that an added extension speaker jack is a must for pros.
Price: $500.00 Australian
Where Obtained: Private 2nd-hand sale
Features:
Plenty of features. 2X 12 configuration, 185W, effects loop, two independent channels (which can be combined), reverb, footswitch, and all this under the famous Fender logo. The only thing I would change would be to add a third channel which would not be totally independent, but influenced by either channel one or two (whichever mode is being used). This could be a lead channel, but which is more adjustable for a bit more of a solo sound than the regular boost, which is included, could offer.
Sound Quality:
Sound quality is fantastic. I use a Fender Strat and Ibanez RG470 for blues and heavy metal styles respectively. Channel one is crystal clear, with shimmering highs, and full-bodied lows. The distortion channell is very versatile, and many different sounds can be squeezed from this channel. From raw, crunchy distortions to tight, disciplined overdrives. The two most valuable sound sculpting controls are the contour and presence controls. Many say that Fender cannot make a good contour, but I think it works just fine. The clean channel is still very clear even at high volumes, but the distortion channel gets very noisy even after 1. However, I would still rate the sound quality as great.
Ease of Use:
I think that all the controls are set out clearly, and are very understandable. It is fairly simple because it is only solid-state, and has no on-board effects or anything like that. The clean channel is probably a little too simple, but the 2nd channel is very customisable (which puts it ahead of other solid-state amps like Marshalls). There are two inputs, and two guitars can run at the same time, but they can only run in each channel on it's own, ie you will have one guitar on clean and the other will be on overdrive. If only one guitar is being used, then both channels can be mixed together to get an adjustable mixture of clean and distortion which is excellent for blues. Overall, very flexible.
Durability:
The combo has two 100W 12" speakers directly loaded, it vibrates the whole box (especially on heavy, low-end palm muting on overdrive). I have had to get some joints on the circuit re-soldered because of the continual high vibrations the amp itself has to endure. I have had a custom made extension speaker jack fitted to the amp which, when used, mutes the internal speaker and allows any speaker configuration to be used. I always use this option now because I can use any volume I want, and it won't affect the amp at all. Other than this, the durability is very good.
On 1/1/2001, Bruce Maag (15581) posted:
Overall Rating:
I bought it as a pratice and backup amp. The price was right. And it is a very reliable amp. I like it's durability and sound, if it is setup correctly. That is a flaw, the setup.
Model Year: 1992
Price: $280.00
Where Obtained: eBay
Features:
This thing has every feature a combo amp can possibly have. Sustain, effects loop, dual channel with clean and distortion. Reverb and channels are both foot switchable. It has an equalizer, line out jack, Master controls to set up channels so the footswitch is all you need to operate. The amp is solid state, but has a tube sound. This is the most powerful combo amp I have ever seen or used. Set a 4 it will hurt your ears!
Sound Quality:
I run a Les Paul Through it and a chorus/flanger plus a crybaby wah. This is the back up amp to both of the main amps I use. So it is third in line. It is primarily used for rehearsals and practice. It does not have the tube sound I prefer but it works in a pinch. The amp is used for metal, rock, and blues. No unwanted noise comes from this amp.
Ease of Use:
This amp does take a bit of fiddling to obtain the correct sound. marks are on the knobs to keep it close without going through a complete setup. Other amps are much easier to setup!
Durability:
Very heavy duty amp. Also very heavy, when transporting. It has casters it is so heavy. You can't hurt this amp. Very reliable electronics. As far as I know, it has never needed repair work.