Fender Princeton 112 Plus user reviews
1 people found this review helpful
- The Fender Princeton 112 Plus is a guitar combo amplifier that is split up into a normal and a drive channel. It has a ¼ inch input as well as ¼ inch connections for a foot switch, headphones, or a separate preamp or power amp. It also has a single 12 inch speaker as the name suggests.
- If you have any experience with guitar amps, you won’t have any trouble with this amp as it has a very basic make up that is seen across the board on Fender amplifiers. The normal channel has parameters for volume, treble, and bass, while the drive channels has parameters for gain, contour, treble, and bass. It also has a master volume and a reverb knob that apply to the amp no matter which channel you have switched on. I don’t have the manual for the Fender Princeton 112 Plus, but if you don’t have it, it isn’t a big deal as you can figure out the amp on its own.
- The sounds possible with the Fender Princeton 112 Plus amp are pretty varied and most of have a precise and clean sound to them. I like using both the normal and drive channels and I find best that this amp sounds best when using a Fender guitar like a Stratocaster or a Telecaster with it. For some reason it seems that Fender on Fender just always sounds best. I also like to use the reverb a lot and it is definitely a nice feature to have.
- Overall Opinion
- I’ve been using the Fender Princeton 112 Plus for about two years for both live shows and recording and I’ve found that it works pretty well for both of these applications. It isn’t too big so it is easy to bring around and while it can crank up pretty loud, I usually mic it up anyway. The price is pretty reasonable and probably won’t deter anyone from picking one up if they like it. While not ideal for shows, it will work well on the stage as well as in the studio.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
- - Solid-state amp
- 100W: very comfortable at home, enough for rehearsals.
- 1 12'' speaker - think about it
- 1 input, an effects loop, a headphones output
- Clean channel controls: 1 Vol, 1 Treble, 1 Bass
- Lead channel controls: 1 Vol, 1 Contour (acid color=>fat), 1 Treble, 1 Bass,
- - Very easy to use, you know right away what to do without the need for a user guide for basic traditional usage.
- In terms of sound, I use 98% of the times the clean channel: I was thrilled to quickly find a basic sound that suits me perfectly. I only use the (effective) controls to adjust this sound depending on the situation (place of the performance, new members in the band...).
- In terms of gain: I use it only 2% of my time, I admit that I haven't been able to find a sound that pleases me. I find the settings too "clichéd." It really lacks a mids control. The contour control allows you to very easily work with colors ranging from very fat heavy metal sounds to acid/metallic distortions from the '70s with a gain setting - transistor - that goes from crunch to "too" distorted.
- The reverb: effective and reasonable up to the 3 mark (from 10). Very nice color in my opinion and OK at 2!
Apart from that, the amp has a lot of presence and it is fine for a solid-sate amp, the difference with a tube amp are the dynamics.
I use it as follows: a guitar that goes through a multi-effects and then to the clean channel
My trick: the settings are not progressive. I use a volume pedal that makes the use of the amp much simpler. I have never noticed huge level differences (dynamics, harmonics or reproduction) with the control at 2 with and without the pedal 1/2 or 1/4 of the way up.
The mark I give it refers to the quality of the clean channel!!!!
- - I love the clean channel, which is THE foundations of my sound and that I haven't found in any other solid-state amp. Long live the 12'' speaker: warmth and ease of use.
- See above for the sound according to the settings.
- Overall Opinion
- - Bought in December 1996, I've used it on average 10 hours per week ever since.
- I haven't found a similar sound from a solid-state amp with these dimensions, power and price!!
- I love the clean channel: I can't say it enough!!
- It has never broken down, no need to even change a single jack, nothing!!! It's the best.
- Quite easy to transport (less than 44 lbs/20 kg I think): on the subway... easy to fit in a car.
- It's great at home, but it might be somewhat limited for concerts!!
Value for money: in 1996 it was an amazing value for money. For that price, I think I would still go for it today.
Would I change it? I've thought about it, but changing to a tube amp to get more character and options (2 speakers, a reverb, an effects loop) is a real investment: I would pay dearly the difference given the advantages it would mean to me.
The overall mark is based on the use I give it, considering it's a solid-state amp with less than 100 W!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
- 60 watts solid-state amp (although I'd say it delivers more), one 1/4" jack input.
4 other connections: 1 for a footswitch, 1 preamp out, 1 power amp in and headphones.
Two channels: clean and overdrive, each with treble/bass and volume controls, plus contour and gain for the second channel. A reverb button that works for both channels. It's a pity that it doesn't have a control for the mids, but we'll forgive it for that.
Knobs a bit cheap...
- Very easy to understand, no need for a manual, I really like the contour control that provides us with a good palette of different sounds!
- I recognize the clean Fender sound...Just for that I love it. And besides, you shouldn't use this amp for what it isn't meant to be used for: this distortion was not made for metal, but it really knows its trade when it comes to blues/rock/grunge! I use it with both single-coils and humbuckers and it responds fine, no problems in that sense.
- Overall Opinion
- I spotted it at a secondhand shop some time ago and I just bought if for $260. I've seen it on mail-order shops for $350, so it was a good deal!
Its main advantage is the Fender clean sound. I think I can recommend this product without hesitation.
- Overall Opinion
- I purchased this unit used for $100.00.
The unit is pleasingly compact and light. It has ample power for a 65 watt amp.
I am not happy with the gain channel. The distortion is overbearing and takes away from the quality and uniqueness of sound from one guitar to another. I also find the reverb to be rather noisy.
No qualms with construction or components.
My previous amps have been Peavey. In hindsight I probably would have shopped for a Peavey again.
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