Fender Princeton 5F2 Tube Amplifier (1956)

Fender  Princeton 5F2 Tube Amplifier (1956)
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Fender Princeton 5F2 Model Tube Amplifier (1956), made in Fullerton, California, serial # P-01118, tweed fabric covering finish.
 
Height is 17 in. (43.2 cm.), 18 in. (45.7 cm.) width, and 9 in. (22.9 cm.) in depth at deepest point.

This is a cool if rather well-worn example of an early 1956 big-box Princeton, which by this point had grown into a much larger unit than its earlier ancestors. The tube chart code is "FL", indicating assembly in December that year. This amp has been altered long ago to mount a 10" speaker instead of the original 8", taking advantage of its more spacious cabinet. That speaker is a 1959-dated Jensen, which was reconed not long ago. This modification gives the amp a somewhat beefier tone than the original 8", while the three-tube layout (5Y3,6V6,12AX7) makes for a sweetly overdriven, airier tone that can get very raucous when pushed.

Externally, the tweed covering on this amp is a bit scruffy with some staining in the lower regions and fraying at the seams. Internally, the amp is still well-preserved, recently serviced with a new 3-prong cord and some light cap work. The chrome control plate has some light corrosion but is cleaner than many with the graphics largely intact. The handle is a modern replacement. This combination of this chassis with a 10" speaker is not often encountered, and although modified this is still a superb amplifier; a very hot little number when the twin chicken heads are rolled up. Very Good + Condition.