Vintage Sound Vintage 20 - Blonde - Oxblood

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Vintage Sound

$ 1,595.00 
  • DESCRIPTION
  • OPTIONAL BIAS POINTS
The Vintage Sound Vintage 20 came about from several customers requesting an increased headroom version of the Vintage 15, which is essentially an all hand-wired, all USA made, modified Fender Princeton Reverb.  Both the Vintage 15 and Vintage 20 are based on the "blackface" Fender Princeton Reverb (AA1164) used from 1964-1967, but with some upgrades.  For starters, the power tube section has been upgraded by adding grid plate resistors (as seen in the Black Face AB763 circuitry).  In addition, the speaker has been upgraded to a 12", giving it a fuller bottom end than the 10" originally used by Fender.   Also included is a very nifty reverb dwell control which is on the rear of the chassis. 

The Vintage 20 differs from the 15 in a couple ways:

1) More clean headroom - The 20 has larger power & output transformers producing 20 watts.
2) More diversity - The 20 can alternate between 6V6 and 6L6 power tubes.  Overall, the 6V6 tubes are recommended, but the 6L6 tubes will deliver slightly more bass, and is a bit more stiff in response.  Stiffness isn't a bad thing if that's what you are going after, but the majority of people will prefer the slightly softer response of the 6V6 tubes.  Naturally, your mileage may vary.


Specifications:

Wattage:  20 watts
Preamp Tubes:
3 x 12AX7, 1 X 12AT7
Power Tubes:  2 x 6V6  (optional 2x6L6)
Rectifier: 1 x 5AR4
Front Controls: Volume, Treble, Middle, Bass, Reverb, Speed, & Intensity.
Rear Controls: Dwell (Very cool custom feature for controlling the reverb decay time!)
Effects: Tube Driven Spring Reverb, Tube Vibrato
Speaker:  WGS G12C/S - 1 x 12"   (read more about this speaker below)
Inputs:  2 Inputs
Auxiliary Input: RCA Footswitch Jack
Extension Speaker Jack: External Speaker Jack
Circuit Construction:  All Point-to-Point, Hand-wired
Cabinet Construction: Dovetail jointed solid pine w/Baltic Birch Plywood baffle and back panels
Pilot Light:  Blue Amp Jewel
Combo Dimensions:  16" High x 19 7/8" Wide x 9 1/2" Deep (32 lbs)
Head Dimensions:  9 1/2" High x
19 7/8" Wide x 8 5/8" Deep   (25 lbs)
Cab Dimensions:   18.5" High x 24" Wide x 10 1/2" Deep   (30 lbs)

Why are we using the WGS G12C/S speakers?

Very good question!

First, we'll address the size...  You would be VERY hard pressed to find someone who prefers a 10" speaker in a Princeton Reverb over a 12".  If Fender could go back, you could just about bet the farm they would have used a 12" speaker.  It provides everything the 10 gives you, but with more mid and bottom end.  We have never known anyone who went back to a 10" after modding their Fender Princeton Reverb.

Anyway, we chose the WGS G12C/S for several reasons.  The G12C/S is essentially their take on the Jensen C12n, but with several refinements, such as a smoother top end, more touch sensitivity, and an overall warmer tone.  The Princeton Reverb circuit can be quite sharp and trebly, particularly when distorted.  The G12C/S addresses this very well with it's more rounded top end which is very noticeable on bright guitars like a Telecaster, etc.  Furthermore,
Warehouse Guitar Speakers are made here in the USA and not in China like most of today's Celestions.  Added bonus!

This speaker works great with lower wattage amps in allowing a bit more clean headroom.  When driven hard, the breakup you'll get with the Vintage Sound 15 will be all tube saturated overdrive and not distortion from the speaker.  This speaker is based on the popular G12C, but with a smooth cone, felt dust cap, and just the right amount of edge treatment.

Many people feel the WGS G12C/S is the perfect speaker for a Princeton Reverb circuit amp.  We absolutely agree!
Each Vintage Sound amplifier comes with the option of having bias points. In case you're not sure what this means, please check out the video below to see how easy it is to bias your Vintage Sound amp *IF* you have the optional Bias Points.

It's certainly a worthy upgrade if you plan on swapping out power tubes much.