In this post, you can find additional info on my ‘Best Fender American Vintage Telecaster? AV 64 vs AVRI 62 Custom vs AV 52’ video.
The video is a shootout of the Fender American Vintage 64 (2012) vs an American Vintage Reissue 62 Custom (2009) vs an American Vintage 52 Telecaster (2014). I am playing through a Fender Silverface Princeton non-reverb (1977) with original 10″ Jensen (ceramic) speaker. For pedals, I am using my Boss TU-3 Chromatic Tuner, a Boss SD-1 (1982), and the Tube Screamer of my Ibanez UE 300 Multi-Effects. The Spring Reverb is coming from a Roland SRE-555 and the compression on the neck pickup is done by a Universal Audio LN1176 Anniversary Edition.
The Guitars: AV 64, 52, and AVRI 62
- Fender American Vintage 64 Telecaster in Vintage White (2012)
- Fender American Vintage Reissue 62 Custom Telecaster in Surf Green (2009)
- Fender American Vintage 52 Telecaster in Butterscotch Blonde (2014)
The Pedals: SD-1 and UE 300
The Amp: Silverface Princeton
Fender Silverface Princeton non-reverb (1977) with original 10″ Jensen (ceramic) speaker.
The Mics and Mic Pre(s)
Fender American Vintage Telecaster Video Mixdown
The Mixdown was done in Logic Pro X. On the Guitars I used the trusted UAD Neve 1073 Preamp Emulation, driving the Line Stage by 10 DB. I usually don’t use EQ on Shootouts and try not to mess with the signal too much. However, since the Teles can get quite bright I cut 1 dB at around 3 KHz with the Fabfilter EQ. On the Narrative I used my standard Fabfilter EQ/ Izotope Nectar 2 Combo. The Nectar is a neat little all-in-one solution with de-essing, different types of dynamics and saturation. I usually start with the “clear voiceover” preset and tweak from there. I recorded my voice with the U87i thru the UA Apollo X6 Unison Pre, since both my P1s were on duty the guitars.
The Reamp Setup
This time around I tried something a bit more fancy on the Neck PU Position: The guitars went into the P1 Preamp’s DI Input and then into the Universal Audio 1176AE limiting amplifier. This gave me a nice thick, clean sound. From the 1176 the signal went on to the Apollo X6 Interface, which I used to record and as a splitter to feed the Princeton via my reamp Box (the Radial proRMP). The setup is inspired by this video by Eric Valentine.
“New Market Street – The Outro Song
In this video we didn’t use the usual Paul Reno Theme to close the video. You can listen to the song from the outro at: soundcloud.com/paul-reno/new-market-street. It’s an original composition of mine which dates back as far as 2010. I used the main riff for the bridge PU comparison in the Tele video. However, on the recording, I actually used my 1991 Gibson Les Paul Standard thru a Fender Champion 600 amp. I sold off that amp a few years ago. Listening back to this recording I kinda regret that.