Fender makes an amp for every occasion, and the Fender Princeton Reverb and Super Champ are no exceptions. Comparing these two amps is like comparing apples to oranges, but they are both solid amps for what they are intended to do. One serves as a great practice amp, and is great for small clubs; the other is one of the most-used studio amps on the market and is well suited for practice and concerts in small- and medium-sized clubs.
Fender Super Champ
The Fender Super Champ XD includes a 15-watt tube power amp, two 6V6 tubes, one 12AX7 preamp tube and a 10-inch speaker. This amp has 16 preamp voices, making it versatile for many kinds of music. The Super is powerful for a small combo amp and works well for what it was created to do. This amp retails at £195.
Fender Princeton Reverb
The Fender Princeton Reverb amp has the same sized speaker as the Super Champ, but is a much more powerful amp. The Princeton Reverb boasts 15 Watts, a number of tubes (three 12AX7 preamp tubes, one 12AT7 tubes, two 6V6 Groove Tubes, one 5AR4 rectifier tube), two inputs, reverb, vibrato and several controls (volume, treble, bass, reverb, speed, intensity). It retails at £585.
Super Champ Function
According to a large consensus of reviews on Harmony Central, the Super Champ is perfect for country, rock and blues, but it has a small sound (which is to be expected for a small amp). Its three tubes--compared to the Princeton Reverb's seven--are the main difference between the two amps. But its 16 built-in effects give the Super Champ versatility, a rarity in small amps.
Princeton Reverb Function
The Princeton Reverb is, according to legendary guitar player and author Alan Ratcliffe, a great amp with exceptional tones if kept at a manageable level (in rehearsal, studio, or small or medium clubs). The amp, which is considered the little brother of the Deluxe Reverb, sounds like more than 15 Watts, so don't be fooled by its size-for-the-price factor.
For a great practice amp with a better sound than your average "small amp", buy the Super Champ. The Super Champ has the tubes, the effects and the versatility you need to replicate a live show in the comfort of your home, and it's cheap. For a big, Fender tube sound in a small, one-speaker package, buy the Princeton Reverb. With the help of the amp's seven tubes, its 10-inch speaker and 15 Watts are given a much bigger sound.
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