Gallery - Modified Amps
I'll only put it here if there's something special about it.
August 2017; one
of two-of-a-kind from the Fender factory
Big, big thanks to previous owner Jerry L for the initial contact and for these photos
amp was built by Fender to exhibit at NAMM,
18-21 June 1983. As you can see it's got a plain
oak cab, but is minus the 'Super Pro Series'
badge and EV speaker that came with the 100
'woodies' which Paul Rivera had made behind the
CBS bean-counters' backs. According to Tom
Wheeler's wonderful book 'The Soul of Tone',
p332, (where this
one, or the other one, is
of these amps were made. The
dovetailing of the perspex and wood is a nice
touch. I wonder where the other one is? This one
now (August 2017) belongs to Don M. in North
May 2017; Looking for that EVH Brown Sound?
one was spotted in Guitar Center, Warwick, Rhode
Island. I lifted the photos off their website and
asked if I could put them here. I'm posting them
now (Aug 2017) on the assumption that silence
indicates assent. And no, this is not how to get
the Brown sound... nice
Feb 2015: if you want to get ahead...
am indebted to Rick in California for these photos
- he's just completed a project to split his PRII
into a head-and-cab setup...
He had a new cabinet made and
Tolexed for the head
nice job, eh? and as you can see, the speaker cab is the original combo, minus the chassis and with the gap filled in where the front control panel used to be.
Nice to know Rick vacuums up after himself. This work is so good, one day someone will think Fender originally made PRIIs like this as an option...
Jan 2015: Blond und Krokodil
Isn't this wonderful? Big thanks to Michael S in Germany for these photos. He has owned two PRIIs for some time. He recovered one in blonde Tolex some time ago, and now... look at this beauty in crocodile finish.
Feb 2014; 2-tone
July 2012 - In
Your White Room...
neatly painted white with a black/sparkle grille, is owned by Gary
in North Carolina, USA, and he was selling it as of mid-July 2012.
I don't know where it is now.
July 2012 - Gentlemen, Strat Your Engines
(I don't know if Brian plays a
Strat. I just couldn't resist the pun.)
This one belongs to Brian S of south-west Tennessee. He calls it 'the Intimidator'... note the cool blue pilot light jewel and tilt-back legs.
Feb 2012 - Someone feels the need for tweed...
I am indebted to Brad of Arizona, USA for these photos of
his PRII. It's from the first production run back in Spring
1982. He's had it since 1994, by which time it had been given
a 10" JBL speaker, shortened in stature, had some cabinet
depth shaved off too, and then tweedified. Since then it's
also had some mods inspired by John McIntyre's Prince o'Wails
(those mods not really intended for a PRII but for a
Princeton.... don't ask me for more details... Google is your
friend) Cool little amp, no? I bet it makes a fabulous
grab'n'go amp... Brad tells me the
reduced cab depth adds to the tighter responsiveness, though
of course the 10" speaker will be another factor. Also... just in case anyone's thinking this is how to get
the 1950s tweed sound... no, it isn't.
re-covering job, eh? Note the re-shaped top edge of the
upper rear panel... made necessary by the loss of cab
height. Photo courtesy of Brad.
2011 - Surf's up!
Ed R of Colorado,
USA has kindly sent these photos of his PRII done out in
Surf Green tolex complete with white drum-style knobs and
a green pilot light. It's a matter of taste but I reckon
this is the coolest cosmetic re-think I've seen so far on
a PRII. Many thanks, Ed.... careful how you load it into
that Little Deuce Coupe...
above 3 photos kind permission of Ed R
July 06... woo hoo! look at
I'd been running the website for nearly 4 years, but until Mike emailed me I had no idea these amps existed. It's a limited edition "Super Pro" PRII from the Fender factory. It seems they made 100 Super Champs, 100 PRIIs and 100 Concerts like this (and they made them without permission from the bosses... Paul Rivera pushed the idea through, got the cabs and from badges made up out-of-house...) Looks like it included an EV speaker (aluminium centre dome). The serial number (F338xxx) puts it in early 1984 (same time as the woodie Super Champs). Here are 2 more pics... good grief, he's even got the original footswitch...
This next one
belongs to Dave P. It doesn't look very special from this angle,
especially compared with Viviens's pristine example on the other
gallery page. However....
....it's got a F1xxxxx serial number (should be F2,3 or 4) with the word 'sample' written over it......
transformer date codes dating from late 1981, and a little
signature inside ...
which on closer
inspection reads "OK Ed Jahns 2/2/82"
...so it dates from before the PRII went on sale, and it's signed off by the designer. Even with the non-original speaker (the Greenback fitted probably sounds better anyway) it's got to have a special place as the oldest known PRII on the planet. Special, no? Big thanks to Dave P for getting in touch, telling all, and taking pictures.
More about Ed Jahns on the magazine page.
... and what a
clean-looking amp. Nice one, Francois - judging by that
classy-looking Telecaster, looks like he's left-handed. A sign
of intelligence. Ask any left-hander.
Do you know, I was describing this page to my wife this morning, and she hinted that not everyone would find this interesting.
Rub Your Eyes in Disbelief!
2006; Big thanks to John Hargnett... his PRII had some cosmetic
surgery performed by its previous owner... John calls it a
I can't decide; is it very, very wrong? Or is it rather attractive? It's certainly well done...