Fender Princeton 6G2 Tube Amplifier (1962)

Fender  Princeton 6G2 Tube Amplifier (1962)
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Fender Princeton 6G2 Model Tube Amplifier (1962), made in Fullerton, California, serial # P01780, brown tolex covering finish.

This is a very well preserved original example of one of our all-time favorite amps: the "Brownface" Fender Princeton. The re-designed Tolex-covered amps of this period were Fender's completely re-engineered line for the early 1960s, a new standard in power, design, and function. Standing between the earlier rampaging tweed era and the louder or somewhat cleaner sounding blackface amps that followed, the "brown" amps have some of the tonal characteristics of both.

The 6G2 circuit is in fact a direct descendant of the 5F11 Tweed Vibrolux, but housed in a redesigned cabinet with a different speaker compliment. The tremolo is lush and deep, and the sound starts breaking up just at the perfect volume point for small gigs and recording purposes. This remains as cool a small amp as was ever made; simple, and to many players in this less-loud age, the perfect combination of tone and portability.

The Princeton's faceplate layout is simple, with two inputs, tone, volume, and trem speed and depth controls. The "brown" line were not in production for too long and are much rarer than their blackface descendants; they are often considered a connoisseur's choice in a Fender combo.
 
Height is 16 1/2 in. (41.9 cm.), 19 in. (48.3 cm.) width, and 9 1/4 in. (23.5 cm.) deep.

This Princeton is in fantastic shape, with only minor wear to the brown Tolex, including a couple blemishes on the top of the cabinet, one appearing to be a cigarette burn near the handle. The grillcloth has no notable tears, only some very light discoloration, but otherwise in great shape. The chassis straps show only very minor signs of corrosion and the faceplate is nice and clean. The handle has been replaced with a high quality reproduction; the original met its end long ago, however it will be included with the amp.

This one has a tube chart code stamp of "LC" designating assembly in March 1962. Electrically, the amp is all original with some typical maintenance but no modifications. The original Oxford 10J4 speaker is intact and dated to the 14th week of 1962 (465-214). The amp retains both the original Schumacher power and output transformers, both marked 606-213, dating them to the 13th week of 1962. As per our regular servicing routine, all the electrolytics have been replaced, a 3-prong grounded power cord has been added, all sockets, pots and jacks have been cleaned and power section has been biased to spec.

Overall this is a truly lovely example; phenomenal sounding and one of the cleaner little brown Princetons we've had come through the shop! Excellent Condition.