Fender Princeton Tube Amplifier (1966)

Fender  Princeton Tube Amplifier (1966)
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Fender Princeton Model Tube Amplifier (1966), made in Fullerton, California, serial # A-09577, black tolex covering finish.

The iconic Fender black-panel Princeton was made as both a Reverb-equipped model and a slightly stripped-down non-Reverb variant, without the onboard effect and its related circuitry. This, the latter, features the same single-channel layout with two instrument inputs. A dual 6V6-power section into a 10" speaker puts out around 10-12 watts of power, just like its Reverb-equipped sibling.

The only substantial difference between the two is in the absence of the Reverb circuit there is less preamp gain, yielding slightly "cleaner" headroom overall and a stronger/bolder tone with less over-the-top fizz as some Reverb models tend to exhibit when ran full out. These are truly excellent gigging amplifiers still and a perfect alternative for those who tend to use this type of amp as a pedal platform!
Height is 15 7/8 in. (40.3 cm.), 19 3/4 in. (50.2 cm.) width, and 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm.) deep.

This great-sounding early-CBS era Princeton is in excellent condition, with little notable wear. The tube chart is tamped PK, indicating assembly in November, 1966. The Tolex is clean and virtually free of any tears or rips. The grille cloth is in great shape, retaining the plastic Fender logo and the chassis straps and hardware are free of corrosion. The front control panel is mostly free of wear and all the stenciled lettering is intact. The vibrato footswitch is no longer with the amp, but it retains a faux-leather cover.

Electrically, the amp is nicely original, including the speaker, which is Jensen C10Q, marked 220-618, dating it to the 18th week of 1966. Both the power and output transformers are original and are marked 606-614 and 606-618, dating them to the 14th and 18th week of 1966, respectively. All pots date between early and mid-1966. The amp has received our typical maintenance and servicing, including replacement of all electrolytic capacitors, a grounded 3-prong power cord installed and cleaning of all sockets, pots and jacks and biased to spec.

Overall this is a really clean example of a the iconic black panel Princeton; sounds lovely, bright, and ringing with a sweet overdrive as you approach "10." We wish they all still looked like this! Overall Excellent Condition.