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Discussion in ' Amp Central Station ' started by duck , Aug 25, Telecaster Guitar Forum. Fender Prosonic, any good? Aug 25, 1. Posts: Hi guys, I have a chance to trade for a Fender custom shop Prosonic amp with 2 celestion speakers Were these amps any good? Fender does not make them any more, so you have to wonder P x Aug 26, 2. They are excellent amps that somehow got lost in the long list of great Fender amps. Some say that the traditional blackface styling betrayed the fire breathing nature of it's over the top high gain channel,so it never really caught on with the hard rock and metal crowd.
The dual cascading gain controls gave up all kinds of different overdrive textures,and the deep tube driven spring reverb was somewhat unique in a truly high gain all tube amplifier. And yes,the clean channel does give up some really sweet classic Fender clean tones,though probably closer in nature to a blackface Deluxe Reverb than a Twin or Super Reverb. Btw,I had a late '90s Prosonic that I still miss. But a worsening lower back problem eventually forced me to sell it off.
I have noticed a recent escalation of Prosonic resale prices,so if purchased and not satisfied,one should be able to recoup their initial investment quite easily. Aug 26, 3. I have one and love it.
Just had a couple recent threads on this. Aug 26, 4. I had one for a while - the sounds were excellent, but the fx loop was junk. I kind of wish I had it back, now that I'm down to a pedal or two.
Really heavy though, for such a small combo. Aug 26, 5. Age: 64 Posts: 2. Aug 26, 6. Posts: 11, I'm looking for one and have been for some time too. They don't turnip very often offa the turnip truck.
Gilmour Tone. The Prosonic is a riot waiting to happen. I'd love to see Jeff Beck tour again with a wall of them. Aug 27, 7. Aug 27, 8. When I get together with the old man who's been gigging for 50 years as a steel player and I'm doing some Buck Owens type thumping, he looks at me and says, "man, nothing like that Fender sound".
I smile. Aug 27, 9. Posts: 9, The Prosonic was popular back in the mid 90's. I think it was built to compete with the Boogie combo amps that were also popular then. Lots of crazy gain on one channel, clean on the other. I almost bought one, but decided to go with a Boogie at the last moment.
Aug 29, So did you get it?? What kind of trade are you working on? These things have been all over with prices. Ive seen a few sell for How much is he asking?? On a side note, that doesnt look like a Custom shop run.
Most of these are built in the same factory as all the other fenders. They should be described as Custom Shop Designed. Aug 31, Posts: 1, According to my local amp tech guru I should get one before Johnny Greenwood or Clapton takes one onstage and the prices take off Posts: 6, One of my favourite amps to use for recording and great for gigs where you can crank it. A few things to be aware of, which will sound like negatives and some of them are, but they need to be said.
Channel switching on the early models really sucks. You will get a loud thunk every time you use the footswitch. There is a mod for it. The reverb is very wet and a bit noisy. The clean channel is not especially clean. I've had both of mine modded by Dave's Sound Repair in New Jersey to be cleaner- I believe by putting a resistor somewhere in the chain. PM me for details which will consist of getting his number because I have no fking clue what he did, but it worked.
Or you can change the preamp tube in the clean channel to a lower output, like an AT7 I believe. The effects loop is irritating. You lose level, it is serial, not parallel- best leave it alone. I actually run a second amp with the Prosonic a Mesa Dual Recto that allows me to run the fx wet and the Prosonic dry. The cascading gain stages. I leave the second gain below 2, usually off. This is a matter of taste, but I prefer the percussiveness of the amp- the over the top gaininity yes I can make up words if I like isn't really what I am after in an amp.
It is very picky about cabinets. This applies to the head more than the combo. Forget using it with a clean speaker like the Celestion G's - it will sound like ass.
You want something loaded with Greenbacks or Vintage 30's. I'd say that cabinet design is important as well- if you can get a Tonemaster cab then you are set. I'm not alone in saying this- Bruce Zinky has commented on this in the past.
That is about it- I know it sounds like a lot- but I've used these amps since around , golly, that is 12 years- so I'm pretty used to them. All that aside, it is one of the most rewarding amps to own if you are into modern rock music. It is bit hard work at times but utterly wonderful, mostly. Regarding the custom-shopped-ness. You want to look for the following: You know you have a Custom Shop Prosonic if it has four things.
It will say "Fender Musical Instruments" under the jewel lamp. It might say "Fender Custom Amp Shop" on the tube diagram inside the amp. The serial number that starts with LO instead of CR. It has a green jewel light not a red one. PM me for the mods. Sep 2, I've been a long time Prosonic user, I have the combo and the head version. The TM 2x12 has two 8 ohm v30's wired to a more modern sounding 16 ohms while the VK 2x12 has the same 8 ohm v30's wired to what I feel is a more vintage sounding 4 ohms.
Bruce Zinky has been very warm and friendly with me over the years and he's the one who taught me about the subtle differences between the 8 ohm and 16 ohm v30's, he's also the reason I have v30 2x12's wired in both series and parallel. The Prosonic combo is a remarkable package and imho a Zinky masterpiece, I use mine as my go to live rig and even played it at my wedding this spring. Jan 28, Posts: 4.
DO IT! Age: 65 Posts: 6, I owned one for a while, and it did give up a lot of great overdrive sounds; as mentioned above, it would probably be an ideal amp for modern rock.
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Fender Prosonic Amp 2-Channel 60-Watt 2x10" Guitar Combo 1996 - 2001
Comments: The Prosonic includes a switch for changing the operation class of the amplifier. Prosonic discontinued in Several models were made in the Custom shop before assembly line mass production. You know you have a Custom Shop Prosonic if it has four things.