Vintage 1971 Fender Princeton Reverb Amp

John Shults

Posted on July 03 2020

Vintage 1971 Fender Princeton Reverb Amp


This vintage 1971 Fender Princeton Reverb guitar amp came through the shop a few years ago. I'm always a vintage Fender guitar amp buyer but I especially love the 1960s and 1970s era Princeton Reverb amps. Please contact me here to sell a vintage Fender guitar amp

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The black faceplate 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 September 6, 1971 and features all 1971 part date codes. 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. All tubes appear to be original to the amp and test strong. The original Oxford 10″ speaker is strong and bears the correct 1971 date code.  The Tolex and chassis are clean but do show light evidence of oxidation. This amplifier retains all its original parts and currently is not in need of anything. It’s very rare for quality amplifiers like this one to retain their original tubes and cover.

This amp was made just before the model dropped the "-Amp" designation and still has its original two prong power cord. I’ve personally spent a few minutes putting this amp through its paces and can attest to its condition and tone. This early silverface era 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. Call the number at the top of the screen or use the contact form on the right to talk to me directly about this 1971 Fender Princeton Reverb (edit: sold!)

Vintage Fender Princeton Reverb guitar amp 1970s 1971 silver face plate

Princeton Reverb-Amp Fender 1970s guitar amp

Vintage Fender guitar amp Princeton Reverb 1970s

Fender Princeton Reverb guitar amp vintage 1971 Oxford speaker

Vintage Fender Princeton Reverb guitar amp 1970s

output transformer, power transformer, chassis, 1971 Fender Princeton Reverb

hand wired circuit board, chassis, 1971 Fender Princeton Reverb amp

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