Fender Princeton 5D2 Tube Amplifier (1954)

Fender  Princeton 5D2 Tube Amplifier (1954)
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Fender Princeton 5D2 Model Tube Amplifier (1954), made in Fullerton, California, serial # 4031, tweed fabric covering finish.
Height is 12 in. (30.5 cm.), 13 1/2 in. (34.3 cm.) width, and 7 3/4 in. (19.7 cm.) in depth at deepest point.

This is a relatively well preserved early "small box-wide panel" version of the perennial Fender Princeton, showing some general wear but no major abuse. The tweed covering shows typical scuffing especially at the corners and edges but is largely intact, as is the original leather handle. The chrome on the faceplate has some corrosion but the graphics are still relatively well preserved, including the early-style Fender logo. The tube chart is fairly well worn away and the month date code is gone; the visible pot date is to the 6th week of 1954, the power transformer carries a stamped code of 7787 (not a date indicator).

Internally there has been some typical fairly extensive cap work and a three prong cord has been added, but no circuit changes have been made since Lupe wired it up in 1954. The original Jensen speaker is still intact, date coded 220 316 (16th week of 1953) and hard wired to the chassis with a transformer still mounted directly to the frame in the older style. This amp is essentially a Champ with the addition of a tone control; a feisty little box that ramps up quickly from chime to singing distortion to outright crunch. Very Good + Condition.