1965 Fender Princeton Reverb
Posted on June 09 2020
This vintage 1960s Fender Princeton Reverb came through the shop a few years ago. I'm always a vintage Fender guitar amp buyer but I especially love Princeton Reverb amps from the 1960s. Please contact me here to sell a vintage Fender guitar amp.
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The blackface era Fender Princeton Reverb is an iconic amplifier that has become one of the most desirable recording amps today. Its versatile platform is just as comfortable at home, in the studio or at a gig. This amp is powered by a pair of 12ax7 preamp tubes driving two 6v6 power tubes making about 12 watts of power. It’s tube rectified and uses a 12at7 and 7025 to drive the spring reverb and tremolo section. The 10″ speaker is housed in a fingerjointed Pine cabinet for tone and ease of portability. Unlike the reissue, the original Princeton Reverb is all hand wired using an eyelet board to keep everything clean. The resulting amplifier boasts big cleans, smooth overdriven tones, classic Fender reverb and some of the finest tremolo around.
This particular Princeton Reverb was manufactured in 1965 appears to have very little playing time on it. The outer Tolex shows wear from storage but remains solid without tears. The faceplate shows pitting from storage. All parts are original to the amplifier except for a three prong power cord and replaced reverb tank. All tubes are also original to the amp except for the likely replaced metal can GE 6V6 power tubes. All transformers are original and solid. The original Oxford speaker bears an early 1965 date code and sounds strong. The potentiometers are original and in working condition but can get scratchy if the amps sits for a while. They smooth out as soon as they're turned a few times.
This blackface Princeton Reverb is an good example of an original piece that is ready to played. You won't be disappointed with the way this one sounds (edit: sold!).