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Permalink Princeton ‘68 modified vs ‘65 RI

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Hi

I played a 68 and loved it but not managed to try a ‘65 yet to see which one I like better.

Has anyone tried both and is one more suitable than the other for surf?

dontrunfrombears wrote:

Hi

I played a 68 and loved it but not managed to try a ‘65 yet to see which one I like better.

Has anyone tried both and is one more suitable than the other for surf?

Are you talking about the custom series?
If so Id take the OG 65 RI every day. I dont care for the customs . Noise floor has always been isssue and they have a weird mid frequency hump I cant love.

Yeah I mean the ‘68 custom

I’ve owned a DRRI and a ‘68 Custom Deluxe Reverb. There is definitely a much stronger midrange in the Custom series. It works for me, but the larger negative feedback resistor reduces headroom, and that I don’t like. In the case of my ‘68 CDR, I had a second resistor of equal value installed in the negative feedback loop and recovered the headroom, but the classic sound of the DRRI is not there for the taking.

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I've had two 68RIs, and they both had obnoxious buzzes and hums that would show up unexpectedly. Usually with the reverb. Way beyond acceptable idle noises. Loud and obnoxious.

I had a 65RI that I really liked, and while it didn't buzz and hum like the 68s, it also didn't have the volume. I play small enough places that I could get by gigging with the 68RIs, but not the 65 I had.

So I sold them all, saved my pennies, and bought a vintage 1968 that had already been modded with a 12" speaker. Now that's the real keeper; killer tone and giggable in small joints.

Moral of the story is, vintage Princeton Reverbs can be found for about twice the price if you're patient. That's what I'd be looking for. If that isn't realistic, I wouldn't buy one online. Go somewhere you can play them, turn them up, and see if they're cooperative.

Last edited: Mar 29, 2024 22:44:12

Check out the ‘64 custom hand-wired. They did a really good job with that one.

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