Fender Princeton Reverb AA1164 Tube Amplifier (1969)

Fender  Princeton Reverb AA1164 Tube Amplifier (1969)
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Fender Princeton Reverb AA1164 Model Tube Amplifier (1969), made in Fullerton, California, serial # A-23016, black tolex covering finish.

The Fender amplifier lineup saw some distinct cosmetic changes following the now classic black-panel period as the 1960s wound down. A new blue-on-metallic front panel appeared in late 1967 and persisted well through the '70s while a line of silver plastic trim surrounding the silver/aqua-stripe grille cloth (nicknamed "drip edge") proved a short-lived feature. CBS had acquired Fender a few years prior and although changes were already affecting many Fender instruments, the amplifiers retained their mid-60's circuits underneath the new exterior up until around the turn of the decade. This early 1969 Princeton Reverb still runs the same AA1164 circuit as the earlier black panel Princetons. This transitional version was only in production for about a year before CBS engineers stated making more profound changes that in retrospect nobody wanted!
Height is 16 in. (40.6 cm.), 19 3/4 in. (50.2 cm.) width, and 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm.) deep.

Externally this amplifier is in excellent condition. The black Tolex covering is well preserved with minimal sings of wear. The faceplate is stunningly clean with hardly any wear and all the stenciled lettering intact. The plastic Fender logo is present and the grille cloth is remarkably well-preserved, save for two minor punctures. The chassis straps and handle hardware show signs of corrosion but overall remain in good shape. Both back panels are correct-style reproductions. The amp comes with its original slip cover.

Electrically, the amp is also nicely original. After 1967 the tube chart on these amps was no longer stamped with a date code but the serial number A-23016 dates the amp to around early 1969. The cabinet houses a 10" Jensen C10Q speaker, marked 220-618 (dating it to the 18th week of 1966) and appears to be original to the amp (although dating early, so do some other components). The power, output and reverb transformers are original to the amp and are marked 606-819, 606-832, and 606-838, respectively, all dating between the 19th and 38th week of 1968. All pots appear original and date between early '66 and mid-'68. The amp has received our typical maintenance and servicing, including replacement of all electrolytic capacitors, cleaning of all sockets, pots and jacks, a new grounded three-prong power cord installed and biased to spec. Overall this is a super example of this "CBS but still the Bes'" of great recording and gigging combo amps. Overall Excellent - Condition.