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Reeves Custom 225 Bass First Impressions

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by FFTT, Mar 31, 2009.


  1. FFTT

    FFTT

    Mar 15, 2009
    Wowie Zowie! :hyper:

    Big Fat Rich Refined tone with plenty of punch and bite depending on settings.

    This is the first amp I've tried in decades that does not have me missing
    my SVT.

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    I was too frazzled last night to dare handling tubes after having to call
    Fed Ex three times to chase down the driver on the other side of town.
    The box was only mildly scrunched with no damage to the amp.
    The 4 JJ KT88's were shipped separately.

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    Big bottle goodness!

    I only had a few minutes to try the amp out with my '64 Jazz Bass.
    So far, so good!

    Very minor fussing points.

    I would much prefer a matte finish control panel.
    Every last finger print and swirl mark shows even with care to use
    only a clean microfiber cloth.

    As mentioned in the BGM review, the two 1/4" output jacks need to be
    labeled for primary and extension cabs.

    I would prefer an impedance selector knob to the "find a tool"
    switch and 2,4,8 Ohm taps if that were possible.
    A guitar pick works just fine, but I experiment with different cabs, so a knob would just make switching easier.

    Cool point!

    The owner's manual says you can Y jumper the channels. COOL!
    Gotta pick up a jumper and try it.

    Overall, she's a keeper!

    It really sucks having to go to work on new amp day.
     
  2. jeff62

    jeff62 Supporting Member

    Oct 24, 2005
    Orlando, FL
    Congrats. Glad to hear that you're loving it. I really, really wanted this to be the amp for me... it was everything I wanted, almost. Why they didn't take care of the little details, as you mention, and also include a "tuner out" (or effects loop) and a switch on the DI to select pre or post EQ, well... minor details but ones that I have found to be important over the years. Would've made the amp perfect, IMO: true to the original with the details we use today. Instead, I find the design to be a compromised.
     
  3. That amps looks as good as I bet it sounds. Congratulations.
     
  4. edbass

    edbass

    Nov 8, 2004

    The majority of handwired “boutique” amps; off the top of my head, 65 Amps, Reeves, Reinhardt, Alessandro, Divided by 13, UK Hiwatt, Matchless, Jaguar, etc., leave the signal path clean intentionally. I suppose it’s just semantics, but in that world adding things that interrupt that path would be considered the “compromise” to the design.
    Every one of the above mentioned builders unquestionably have the expertise to design an effects loop or switchable DI, and if you open one up and look at the craftsmanship and materials in any of those amps it’s very evident that the cost doesn’t really factor into design parameters. Even the Reeves DI comes directly from the output transformer, at the very end of the signal path where it will have the least possible effect on tone.
    These amps truly aren’t for everyone (as if the prices alone wouldn’t dictate that!), the design spec is tone, quality and workmanship, not convenience. There are a myriad of reasonably priced PCB amps, chock full of goodies on the market; plenty of them are very nice amps indeed, and sales numbers would dictate that they suit the needs of far more bass players than the boutique stuff. Probably a good thing since a handwired amp takes a whole lot of time to build, and qualified builders are few and far between!
    IMO it’s all good, it’s just a different philosophy.
     
  5. FFTT

    FFTT

    Mar 15, 2009
    I bought this amp because I want my '64 Jazz Bass to sound like a vintage '64 Jazz Bass and my Hofner to sound like a vintage Hofner if that makes any sense.

    I can't for the life of me think of why I would want an FX loop in a bass amp
    and that's after playing in a band that covered sometimes over 70 different songs
    in one evening.

    I tune my bass 5 minutes before the set begins and it stays in tune.

    If I break a string, I pick up another bass and finish the set.

    A different tone, means I pick up the bass with flat wounds or play with a pick
    or beat the living snot out of the strings :)

    I started playing bass in 1967.

    This Reeves Custom 225 is a great bass amplifier
     
  6. nysbob

    nysbob

    Sep 14, 2003
    Cincinnati OH
    It'll sing on the gig, no doubt. :cool:

    Which ampeg cab is that...10"s or 15"s ?
     
  7. FFTT

    FFTT

    Mar 15, 2009
    '73 8X10

    I gotta find time to do some clips.

    Just tried the Hofner :)

    and my Les Paul Hee Hee !!!
     
  8. RickenBoogie

    RickenBoogie

    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Sweet. Bet it's got smooth, creamy tone for days. Congrats, very nice amp.
     
  9. FFTT

    FFTT

    Mar 15, 2009
    Gee I wonder what would happen if..........

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  10. GregC

    GregC Johnny and Joe Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2007
    Chicago
    Yes, you do!

    Congrats, I'm envious.:cool:
     
  11. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    Fremont, Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    I'm glad that you are liking it! I am past the honeymoon stage, but still in love with mine. :cool: :bassist: :D
     
  12. FFTT

    FFTT

    Mar 15, 2009
    I'm definitely still discovering what she can do.

    Tried my aggressive bass through it this morning for a bit.

    Really stayed tight on the low B string and totally capable of
    those dream Entwistle tones.

    Last night with the Hofner, Angels wept, seas parted, mountaintops crumbled.

    I've owned these basses for a very long time and they have never sounded this
    good. Just so rich and full and vibrant.

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  13. FFTT

    FFTT

    Mar 15, 2009
    This evening spent more time with my '66 Hofner.

    I found a good overall tone with the amp and this makes it very easy
    to dial in all kinds of variables on the Hofner.

    The amp is remarkably responsive to finger attack and small adjustment on the guitar.

    There are some tones you just will not get unless you're playing
    a hollow body.

    This amp is one to grow old with.
     
  14. nysbob

    nysbob

    Sep 14, 2003
    Cincinnati OH
    I knew you'd enjoy it. I had a pleasant few weeks with the prototype. :cool:

    It's not magic or anything, just a damn good amplifier. :bassist:
     
  15. FFTT

    FFTT

    Mar 15, 2009
    I just wish I had a proper professional signal chain in a proper studio
    to put together some clips worthy of this fine amp.

    This amp says

    You want McCartney? I geeve you McCartney!
    You want Entwistle? I geeve you Entwistle!


    Just pick up the right bass and she delivers.
     
  16. FFTT

    FFTT

    Mar 15, 2009
    I gotta be careful with this thing!

    Out of curiosity and sheer madness, just finished running
    the amp DIMED with my Ibanez AF105NT hollow body.

    Talk about old school stadium tone.

    Live at Leeds!!!
     
  17. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    Fremont, Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    I was just rockin' through my Custom 225 into a Berg NV412 at practice last night, and let me tell you, it was a very good thing. :D :bassist: :cool:
     
  18. GregC

    GregC Johnny and Joe Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2007
    Chicago
    :eek: There's no way that's anything but tone-gasmic. When's the next Borg GTG, I'm gonna have to drive over!
     

  19. i heard that! that was you??!
     
  20. FFTT

    FFTT

    Mar 15, 2009
    Playing a guitar through the Reeves 225 wide open helps one to
    understand what makes Pete Townshend jump! :D

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