Fender Princeton 6G2 Tube Amplifier (1961)

Fender  Princeton 6G2 Tube Amplifier (1961)
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Fender Princeton 6G2 Model Tube Amplifier (1961), made in Fullerton, California, serial # P00990, brown tolex covering finish.

This is a beautiful original example of one of our favorite amps -- the "Brownface" 1961 Fender Princeton. It was likely assembled in the second half of that introductory year; the Tube chart code stamp is smeared into illegibility but the transformer codes are 606-1-26 and 1-39. The original speaker has been replaced with a gold Celestion which sounds great, with a darker smoother breakup curve than the original Oxford or Jensen.

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.

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 blackface amps that followed, the "brown" amps have some of the tonal characteristics of both. 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.
 
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 is a nice example overall, showing only minor wear externally and light typical maintenance inside. There are a few small dings to the faceplate and one small tear to the grillcloth. The brown Tolex is relatively clean; the leather handle is a high-grade repro but the original is included.

The only major change from original spec is the speaker, which is a Celestion G10 Alnico Gold. This gives the amp a smoother and toothier distortion curve than the original Oxford usually found in these, which were a budget speaker when new and often have not worn well over nearly 60 years. A 3-prong grounded cord has been added, and a light cap job performed including having the bias cap replaced with 50uF/50Vand the amp biased to 73/72% dissipation. This is a great-sounding amp, singing with a unique mix of American and English flavor thanks to its Ipswich-made speaker. Overall Excellent Condition.