California Blonde II

Discussion in 'Amps, Mics & Pickups [DB]' started by TroyK, Mar 1, 2006.

  1. TroyK

    TroyK Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    Did anyone notice that there is a new version of the California Blonde just out?

    Main differences that I can see are upped power (160@8 ohms and 200@4 ohms) and that you can run a non-powered extension cabinet. It can be had "retail" for $700, which I think is actually cheaper than the previous version.

    It is still 50 lbs, which takes it out of the ultra lightweight category.

  2. mchildree

    mchildree Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2000
    I'm not just saying this because I have one of the older Cali Blondes for sale :D But as a long-time SWR user, I don't really feel comfortable with much of anything they've produced since Fender bought them out. I've tried several amps of the newer variety and I just don't think they stand up to the Rabe-era SWRs.