I didn't really ever consider any other amps, there was a Fender Frontman I looked at in my local music shop, then they sold it and couldn't get another one, so I went elsewhere and found this. There was also a couple of Marshalls it fended off rather easily. I would definately replace this if it was lost, although I might look at trying to get a second hand tube amp cheap. The distortion on this amp really should be better, but I dont use it anymore so don't really care. The best part is the legendary Fender Reverb and Clean channel.
Where Obtained: Sound Control, Leeds, England
65 Watt solid state amp with two channels; clean with volume, treble and bass controls and distortion with volume, gain, treble, mid and bass controls. Switching is via a very small button on the control pannel or via a footswitch which is bought separately. It has a Preamp Out jack and a Poweramp In which can be used as an effects loop (or to run a tube head into if you have one). Has a built in DSP unit with Reverb, Chorus, Tremolo, Vibrato, Phaser and Delay effects. For general use around my house etc it never goes above 2 on the clean channel (the controls start at 1) even through an effects unit which is slightly turned down and I've never had to turn it up at workshops and jams. Fine at gigs too.
I play a PRS Santana SE into a Boss ME-50 into the amp and as a result will do all styles well. Without the effects unit it's more suited to brighter styles, although with a little tweaking will produce a smooth dark jazz tone, although I've never got a good blues tone out of it with my guitar. Presumably good for rock though probably not metal. Not particuarly fond of the distortion, it's definately a distortion rather than an overdrive so it can be quite harsh. Presumably no good for metal and heavy rock. Stays clean as loud as I've ever used it, and usually only gets noisy at high gain.
Not programmable, so with a little tweaking good tones can be acquired. Patience is the definately the virtue here - the more time you spend playing about with the controls the better the sound you get (although when I first got it I had no idea where to start). Thesedays I usually use it on clean channel with my treble and bass at 1 and mess about with the effects unit to get the tone I want. Haven't really used any other amps much, although some the patch based amps have caused me hell in the past so I always enjoy the simplicity of this one.
I've had it for 18 months and had absolutely no problems with it and I don't see it going wrong anytime soon. Taken the occasional things dropped on it without second thought. Seems to be pretty heavy duty contruction of solid looking wood.
This amp is simply a great asset for any guitar player. It is small, loud, durable, and tends to bring out the most out of your instrument.
Price: $300.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Sam Ash Musicstore
Volume bass, treble, mid, drive, reverb. dual channels, clean as well as distortion. It is loud as hell!!! This little box of noise will make your parent's hair turn gray.
Sounds great with every guitar I have ever used it with. A great compact amplifier with every necessary feature for practicing, recording, gigging, etc...Unless youre a metal head, this amplifier is suitable for just about any style of music from country to 80s hair metal. The distortion channel in my opinion is one of the best settings out there.
Extremely easy to use, its plug and play.
Ive had this amp for years now and it plays like the day it was bought. One of the inputs doesnt work any longer, but that's due to a certain jackass who turned the nobs all the way up and then turned the amp on with a guitar already plugged in.
For the cost, this is one of the cleanest, strongest amps out there that can do adequately for performance. The clean channel, especially with good single coil pickups, rings true. Given this amp's intent, the only thing that could be improved is the lead channel.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $300.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Marty's Music
This is solid state amp with a 12 in. speaker and 2 Channels: a clean channel and a lead channel. It can accept two guitars. The clean channel has volume, bass and trebble; the lead channel has the above plus a mid-range control and a gain. There is also reverb which applies to both channels. You can control which channel your using by a foot switch. Another nice feature is a pre-amp out connection which allows you to plug into a direct box for a direct hook-up to a sound system. This eliminates needing to mic the amp so you can be mixed with the rest of the band. When hooked up this way, you can use the amp as a monitor.
I use this amp to play lead in a contemporary church building that seats around 400. Much of what I play is done through the clean channel with the use of effects for other sounds. I also use if for concerts in the same setting. The music is contemporary to mild rock. There is ample power for most uses and plays clearly at higher volumes. The lead channel isn't bad for lead, but not clear enough for rhythm work unless you're using a very hot humbucker. It could be used for any music style. Most indoor settings wouldn't require more volume than 3-4.
Controls are straight forward, simple to operate.
It's very durable and well made. I've had no problems with loose wires or defective controls. It gets transported at least twice a week.
I bought this amp because i was on a limited budget and because i felt that the Fender amps were giving me the best sound i wanted at the time. If this amp got stolen i would probably buy a Mesa Boogie Triple Rectifier or Marshall TSL (Triple Super Lead) because my playing style has progressed to the point where i need more power and more options. But this is a great amp for beginners, intermediates, and many advanced players too.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $450.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
The amp has two channels: clean and drive. The clean channel has volume, bass, treble, and high and the Drive channel has a drive knob (gain) volume, high, bass, treble and then there is a universal Reverb knob. There is channel switching. Can be used as both a pre amp or can be used with a pre amp. The clean channel can come through high at some points, but the drive channel is incredibly powerful. It is just as strong as a friend of mine's Marshall AVT of the same wattage. It is a solid state amp with an open back.
I use all of my electric guitars through it. My Fender Fat Strat sounds great through it. My ESP can come through kind of strong sometimes, but still gets great sound. Surprisingly, this amp works equally well with blues as it does with Hard Rock or Metal music. Just make some tone adjustments and you're set. The reverb is stronger than i usually like it, and the only way to hear changes in reverb is by moving the knob significantly. The clean channel still comes through crystal clear at higher volumes, but the highs can be rather piercing at the higher volumes. So i would suggest turning down the high and treble knobs when on high volume.
This amp is not programmable, but it does not take much time to get a good sound. I've used Marshall amps before and Mesa Boogies, and this amp's simplicity makes it easier to obtain good sound than with the others. However, i will admit that after some fiddling with the other amps, you can get a better sound than you get with the Fender.
I've had this amp for about 3-4 years now, and it's never broken or needed to be repaired. I use it often for practice and whenever i perform for crowds it's the amp that i use. It's very sturdy and not very heavy. However, when matched against larger amps, it will definetly be drowned out.
This amp is just awesome. For the price you cannot beat it, as far as solid state amps go, this was my choice. It comes with a 5 year transferable warranty.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $275.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Sam Ash
This is an excellent small amplifier with a booming 65 watts of power. It has an overdrive, but does not come with a cover or footpedal. It is solid state, and is powerful enough for the classic rock tunes I play. Other than knowing it is a solid state, which to some of us older players is somewhat sacreligeous for Fender to produce, this is a great amp. From its sound one would think it to be a tube amp.
As clean or as dirty as I want. Well suited for any style of music.
Non-programmable, this Princeton 65 ford noy take a lot of fiddling to produce the type of sound you want.
Heavy-duty and reliable for steady live playing.
First I take a Marshall AVT-20 and after play for one week this ampli simply off. Not comment.
After Fender my problems disappear (at the same time AVT 20).
Model Year: 2000
Price: $550.00 (new)
Combo - 65Watts
Powerful for gigs and record sessions.
Dedicated Tone Controls in Both Channels,Reverb,
Effects Loop, Footswitch Jack (For Remote Drive Select) and Chorus on/off, Jewel Pilot Light, Normal Channel:
Volume, Treble, Bass,
Drive Channel: Drive, Volume, Channel Select Switch,
Treble, Mid, Bass, Reverb. The problem is Headphone Jack not available, because control volume in low level (2-3) the ampli continue very big.
Clean Channel is simply extraordinary and powerfull in
low and high volumes.
Dyna-Touch system is a Interactive Circuitry responds to every inflection in your playing.
My principal setup is a Fender California Strato (year 1998 - 3 singles pickups - strings 009 Ernie Ball),
DL4 Line 6 for delays and second guitar, Digitech RP 2000 for record and alternatives songs.
I use a Marshall Guvnoir for my distorcion because a distortion channel this ampli is not good.
In mode "ON" the ampli is very quiet (ideal for clean songs).
I play Rock, MPB, Bossa Nova, Jazz and Blues and this ampli combined with a Strato is ideal for all my songs.
Very easy to use.
Clean sound: Treble 4,5 - Bass 5.
Distorcion: I dont use this channel.
Very duty construction - Never need to be repaired.
Overall it is a great amp, it will take you through your beginner stage to intermediate stage, and maybe furthur. It is super easy to hook up and get ready and other things.
Where Obtained: E-Bay
On the clean channel it has a Volume, Treble, and a Bass knob. On the distortion channel it has a Drive, Volume, Bass, Mid, Treble, and Reverb knobs. You can buy a footswitch thats made by fender to switch the channels and turn the reverb on and off. When I am just playing around the house the volume is usually set around 1 or 2. When I take it to my church to play which seats over 200 I have it around 3. It can really push anything you want to. The distortion could be a little better but other than that its a good choice.
I play both my guitars through it and they bothe sound great, acoustic and electric. I just got a RP300 which is awesome buy the way and it just plugs right through. It can play about any style of music, I mostly play rock and blues.
Its very durable, it weighs like 28 lbs. or something, it still looks brand new, and I have had it for almost a year now.