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So I should be getting a Vox Pathfinder in the next month or so. But I think a great set up would be a Pathfinder ran with a small Fender combo love.giflove.gif

Whats the best small (fairly cheap) Fender Combo to look into running side by side with it? I would love for it to have reverb if possible.

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I picked up a SF Vibro Champ earlier this year and it has become one of the better gear decisions I've made. Fantastic clean and tremolo sounds and a great size for home recording. I bought mine with some kind of bass mod done by Allen Amps that supposedly improves bass response and output. Nevertheless, it still is a 6w amp and will never have the bass of a larger amp but if you can live with that it's great. You should have no problem finding one for $350 or so.

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Quote Originally Posted by Aristotle

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I picked up a SF Vibro Champ earlier this year and it has become one of the better gear decisions I've made. Fantastic clean and tremolo sounds and a great size for home recording. I bought mine with some kind of bass mod done by Allen Amps that supposedly improves bass response and output. Nevertheless, it still is a 6w amp and will never have the bass of a larger amp but if you can live with that it's great. You should have no problem finding one for $350 or so.

 

8 or 10 inch speaker?
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Quote Originally Posted by Aristotle View Post
I picked up a SF Vibro Champ earlier this year and it has become one of the better gear decisions I've made. Fantastic clean and tremolo sounds and a great size for home recording. I bought mine with some kind of bass mod done by Allen Amps that supposedly improves bass response and output. Nevertheless, it still is a 6w amp and will never have the bass of a larger amp but if you can live with that it's great. You should have no problem finding one for $350 or so.
Oooh, this sounds good.

As does a Princeton, but they're quite a bit more.
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If by clasisic fendr u mean a nice clean tone and a nice break up tone, then yes. I dont think it sounds particularly like any 'vintage' fender i've played but it's awesome. It's darker and has less ice pick status than the SF twin reverb I'm familiar with. I usually keep the master volume low and the volume to taste (depending on how much break up I want).

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super champ is an awesome value. my old shop had one and it had a great sound, even breaking up. clean was pretty nice. i never used the dsp effects but they were not bad. reverb was pretty damn good actually.

honestly, you cant go wrong with a pro jr or blues jr. great great great amps. if i didnt think i needed extra headroom on tap, id go for the blues jr over the hot rod deluxe, but the deluxe is so great sounding. might be overkill for your needs.

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Quote Originally Posted by TravvyBear View Post
Hmm, this is an interesting one too.

Would you call a Blues Jr a "classic" Fender sound?
No

At least not in the same way as the traditional blackface amps.

I'd hit a Vibro Champ, or maybe a Super Champ XD. A Princeton would be ideal, but like you said, considerably more money.
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I got my PRRI used for like $600, which seems like a reasonable price to me. Definitely, definitely worth it. Check one out, if you can. Great amps.

 

When they start to hit the $500 price point on the used market, I'll probably grab one. I was pleasantly surprised by how well Fender did with the reissue in terms of making it sound like a good Princeton should. Frankly, it's about time. I don't think I could have taken another travesty like the Princeton 65, Princeton Chorus or Princeton Recording. freak.gifwink.gif
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Quote Originally Posted by Phil O'Keefe View Post
Princeton 65, Princeton Recording. freak.gifwink.gif
I had the 65, it has a relatively good sound and a contour knob, which works great for OD sounds.

Still play the Princeton Recording, I just plug the XLR out into the mixer and I have consistent tone. It delivers and the sound is similar to the PRRI (minus Vibrato).
It worked great last Saturday too on our gig. smile.gif
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