Fender Princeton 5F2-A Tube Amplifier (1960)

Fender  Princeton 5F2-A Tube Amplifier (1960)
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Fender Princeton 5F2-A Model Tube Amplifier (1960), made in Fullerton, California, serial # P-4682, 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 superb example of the final "large box" Princeton which by this point had grown into a much bigger unit than its earlier ancestors. This one was actually made at the very beginning of the 1960's, (the tube chart indicates March, 1960) though these are usually thought of as 1950's model. The amp still features a single 8" speaker and three-tube layout (5Y3,6V6,12AX7) like the earlier models but set into a more spacious 18" wide cabinet making for a sweetly overdriven, airier tone that can get very raucous when pushed. Overall this is a lovely original amp, just serviced with a new 3-prong cord and some light internal work (original parts included).

The tweed is in spectacular condition, with extremely minor staining/wear and the handle appears to be original with plenty of life left in it. The faceplate is very clean with hardly any corrosion or stencil loss. The tubes are original (or at least period) and the original speaker (465-045) has been reconed professionally by Ted Weber Speakers and sounds great. Both the output transformer (Triad 107) and the power transformer (Schumacher 606-007) are original. This is a fantastic studio amp and loud enough to gig in low-wattage situations; sparkly at first, with a more muscular growl when cranked. Excellent - Condition.