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Unread 04-13-2012, 01:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Bought a Fender Greta amp.

I ordered it from Musician's Friend yesterday,they them in stock.They also have the Excelsior amps in stock.




Got it to match my Fender Bullet



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Re: Bought a Fender Greta amp.

I'm interested in one of these for my small office nook...so I can play along with the computer. Keep us posted?
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I'm interested in one of these for my small office nook...so I can play along with the computer. Keep us posted?
Thanks! Here is a newer video of the Greta.

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Re: Bought a Fender Greta amp.

I'm waiting to see the Excelsior amp--I was in some stores Saturday--they didn't have them up here yet.
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Re: Bought a Fender Greta amp.

That sounded pretty cool through the larger speaker.
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Re: Bought a Fender Greta amp.

Dude that looks awesome. Keep us posted. This has me thinking... how crazy would it be to slave a plexi through this thing AND run your iPod through it at the same time!!?? I may have to get one of these myself.
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Re: Bought a Fender Greta amp.

THOSE SEEM COOL

LOOKS ALOT LIKE , d-lab amps , HIS BENTWOOD SERIES

A VIDEO ON HERE SOMEWHERE OF THE BENTWOOD.

ENJOY!
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Re: Bought a Fender Greta amp.

Those D-Lab amps are cool The Greta is similar to the amps he makes.

Here is my Greta,it came today.It really does feel like a radio made in the late 30's or early 40's but it is not plastic. The front and back are red lacquered wood as are the feet. The top is gold painted metal. It's pretty heavy for it's size(8.7lbs).

I gotta say 2 watts into a 4 inch speaker is still pretty dang loud for a bedroom amp if you dime it. Still you can get some very satisfying tones at lower volumes too. The external speaker jack mutes the internal speaker but the line out does not. All in all it is a beautifully made little toy.Sounds just like the video.















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Re: Bought a Fender Greta amp.

Congrats on the Greta! They sure sound sweet -

I've been GASsing for one since they were anounced back in January. I think the features are perfect for a small practice amp - love the idea of being able to plug an iPod into it and jamming to tracks. Plus I could see myself using it as a tube preamp in front of my Fender VibroVerb for some nice natural tube overdrive.

The only thing that gets me is the look - I'm a huge fan of the idea of going for a retro 30s or 40s tube radio but the colors they chose cheapen the look, IMO. It almost looks like a bad Christmas decoration. Anyway, not trying to rip it, just giving my opinion on aesthetics. I may break down and pick one up someday regardless.
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Re: Bought a Fender Greta amp.

I gots to have one of these!!!
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Re: Bought a Fender Greta amp.

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The only thing that gets me is the look - I'm a huge fan of the idea of going for a retro 30s or 40s tube radio but the colors they chose cheapen the look, IMO. It almost looks like a bad Christmas decoration.
Haha...well...the knobs are totally 50s...they're Dagmars!





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Re: Bought a Fender Greta amp.

Congratz. Lovely little amp.

I like the styling, very classy and a bit wrong I suppose.

I'd love to have that baby sitting next to my all in one pc for amplification and to jam a little. Looks mint.

It's also nice to see that Fender got it right this time. Super low watts and guess what... A choke

Choke's are so much better sounding then caps. Fender runs their marketing campaign on vintage this, vintage that, but at least this time they got it right.

So how bout a sweet demo? :P Plz?
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Re: Bought a Fender Greta amp.

Dude it looks like you could go iPod>Greta>line out>louder tube head>4x12 to jam with your tunes at a louder volume.

But would distorting the amp also distort the iPod music?? OP can you do a test and let us know?
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Re: Bought a Fender Greta amp.

A super cool little amp but that "Greta" logo looks more 70s than 40s.

These are going to go like hot cakes.
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Re: Bought a Fender Greta amp.

If I got a Fender Excelsior could it double as speaker cab for the Greta?



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Re: Bought a Fender Greta amp.

Looking at pictures of the back. It looks like the speaker is hard wired. Doesn't mean you can't. Just have to mod it and make sure the speaker is rated properly.
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Looking at pictures of the back. It looks like the speaker is hard wired. Doesn't mean you can't. Just have to mod it and make sure the speaker is rated properly.
I read this in a review of the Excelsior


"An internal speaker disconnect allows users to plug Excelsior into an external speaker and route the output through that."
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Re: Bought a Fender Greta amp.

My friend on the TDPRI took these shots of his Greta amp







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Re: Bought a Fender Greta amp.

I agree with Syrus, Fender did get it right this time. That is VERY COOL!
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Re: Bought a Fender Greta amp.

Pretty cool.
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Re: Bought a Fender Greta amp.

Hey guys I have a question and forgive me if it's a dumb one... If you plug the Greta into another amp with higher power using the line out, does the higher powered amp now have 2 watts or does it retain it's normal wattage? To be more specific, I have a Fender Champ 25 SE rated at 25 watts. It has a solid state preamp and 2 6L6s power amp. I was wondering if the Greta would give it the tube preamp tone but still achieve the 25 watts through the power amp. Thanks guys.
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Re: Bought a Fender Greta amp.

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Hey guys I have a question and forgive me if it's a dumb one... If you plug the Greta into another amp with higher power using the line out, does the higher powered amp now have 2 watts or does it retain it's normal wattage? To be more specific, I have a Fender Champ 25 SE rated at 25 watts. It has a solid state preamp and 2 6L6s power amp. I was wondering if the Greta would give it the tube preamp tone but still achieve the 25 watts through the power amp. Thanks guys.

Silly would be, to not ask.

Well, you'll have to use the "line out" jack of the Greta into the "in" jack on the Champ SE.

This way, the Greta will act like a pre-amp, just like a distortion pedal.
The Champ SE will then just act as a power-amp and make this louder.
Using its own 25W powerstage.
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Re: Bought a Fender Greta amp.

Great! That's the answer I was hoping for. Two other quick questions, though: 1) does the built-in preamp shut off then? And 2) since the amp has a "power amp in" jack, would it make a difference to plug in there instead of the input jack? Thanks again
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Great! That's the answer I was hoping for. Two other quick questions, though: 1) does the built-in preamp shut off then? And 2) since the amp has a "power amp in" jack, would it make a difference to plug in there instead of the input jack? Thanks again

Two questions, one answer:

By plugging in "power amp in" you'll bypass the tone-stack on the 25SE.

BUT...

Plugging in the front might be wise as the tone stack on the champ is a bit more precise, the Champ comes with Treble, Mid and Bass controls, instead of a single parametric EQ.

BTW
That's the effect loop you're talking about.
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Re: Bought a Fender Greta amp.

I picked up one of these today also, it's a cool little amp for $200, hard to go wrong at that price.

The only thing I was bummed about is the line out not disconnecting the speaker.

I was hoping to plug it into my Super Reverb to push the SR's output with the SR set at a lower volume, but that little 4" speaker is still loud if you crank it, which means the SR's gotta be loud also.

So it doesn't exactly act like a pedal in front of the larger amp.

I'm wondering about an 8 ohm dummy load attached to the Ext Speaker but would plugging in a speaker or load bypass the line out?

I wouldn't think so, but......

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Re: Bought a Fender Greta amp.

<<<UPDATE>>>

Sorry to say it's going back. I was playing yesterday for just about an hour and suddenly it got all noisy, hard to describe the sound but it's heat related.

I shut it off for 10 minutes and it was fine, for about 10 minutes then it went down the krapper again.

So I packed it up and I'm taking it back tomorrow. Not getting it replaced, between the line out deal and the amp failing, I'm going to do something different.

Gotta say, when it was working I did like it, oh well....
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Re: Bought a Fender Greta amp.

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<<<UPDATE>>>

Sorry to say it's going back. I was playing yesterday for just about an hour and suddenly it got all noisy, hard to describe the sound but it's heat related.

I shut it off for 10 minutes and it was fine, for about 10 minutes then it went down the krapper again.

So I packed it up and I'm taking it back tomorrow. Not getting it replaced, between the line out deal and the amp failing, I'm going to do something different.

Gotta say, when it was working I did like it, oh well....
I imagine there will be alot more of this type of post on these amps as time goes on.
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Re: Bought a Fender Greta amp.

I played both this weekend. Liked the Greta for the form factor, but I absolutely loved the Excelsior. I'm going to take a couple of pedals and my American Deluxe to the store and see what I think.
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Re: Bought a Fender Greta amp.

Still lovin' mine. It needed a preamp tube replacement in the first week, but I've had that happen before. Jammed all afternoon Saturday with it going through a 2x10 cab. Sumbich is LOUD through big, efficient speakers and sounds much as I imagine the Excelsior can. I really dig the tone both ways, but with the 4" the tone is more "camp" than truly satisfying. Through the 10s, well, I just love it. Very handy and inexpensive backup.
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Re: Bought a Fender Greta amp.

Got mine in the mail yesterday(found this forum looking for greta upgrades)
I personally think this amp is a piece of crap.
Sure the artistic design is outstanding(which is why i bought it).The head is beautiful.
But..
I asked fender if the 4" speaker also works when a ext. speaker is plugged in.A fender tech told me "yes indeed".
Well,no it dosent ,even says so in the manual.
I was gonna build a small matching red cab and put a 12 inch 25 watt mojo speaker in it.(pretty cool huh a 4" and a 12 " in one lil snazzy boutique?)
Well that was a big turn off for me, but what really makes this amp a waste of space is the lack of power.
I plugged the amp into a 12 inch speaker and I wasnt impressed with the output.
The four inch speaker has such a itsy bitsy tiny sound that the head alone has no real use,except playing at extremly LOW volumes or maybe for some wacky studio overdubs.
But on top of all of that,the head/4"cab seems to have a small rattle in it.
If you want a cool looking head with no true use this thing will work for you.But practically?...

Id invest in a traynor darkhorse or go the extra mile and get the ironhorse,
The iron horse is undoubtedly the greatest tube head on the market right now value wise.
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