1968 Fender Princeton Reverb-Amp vintage guitar amplifier
Posted on June 14 2020
This vintage 1968 Fender Princeton Reverb guitar amp with drip edge and black line aesthetic came through the shop a few years ago. I'm always a vintage Fender guitar amp buyer but I especially love the 1960s Princeton Reverb amps. Please contact me here to sell a vintage Fender guitar amp.
The blackface and early silverface 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 solid 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 completed in 1968 during the short lived drip edge/black line time period. This chassis was one of the last to receive cloth wires instead of plastic. It has suffered no damage, repairs or heavy playing time. The outer Tolex is nice and without rips or tears. The original eyelet board is clean and the solder is untouched except for one replaced capacitor. All tubes appear to be original to the amp and test strong. This amp features a rare large magnet 10" Oxford (10J5 instead of 10J4) that's closer to a Jensen P10R. The Tolex and chassis are clean but do show light evidence of oxidation. This amplifier retains all its original parts except the replaced capacitor and a few resistors in the power section and currently is not in need of anything.
It's very rare for quality amplifiers like this one to retain their original tubes and Victoria Luggage cover. I've personally spent a few minutes putting this amp through its paces and can attest to its clean condition and great Fender tone. This drip edge Princeton Reverb-Amp is an excellent example of a clean and original piece that is ready to played. You won’t be disappointed with the way this one sounds (edit: sold!).