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-05228, 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 fine example of the final "large box" tweed Fender Princeton, which by this point had grown into a much bigger unit than its earlier ancestors. This one was made at the beginning of the 1960s, though these are usually thought of as 1950s models. 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. This is the latest rendition of the circuit, indicated by the -A in 5F2-A, that abandons the choke present in the former model and features a tone circuit from the Harvard 5F10, yielding a sparkier top-end and plenty brightness on tap.

Overall this is a lovely original amp, just serviced with our standard electrolytic replacement, three-prong power cord, and death-cap removal (original parts included). The tweed covering is in good condition, darkened a bit with some minor staining and wear and a small "classic" cigarette burn on the top edge. The original handle is in better shape than many with plenty of life left in it. The faceplate is relatively clean with only small spots of corrosion and very minor stencil loss.

Internally the paper tube chart is missing but components including the original speaker (coded 465-048), the output transformer (Schumacher 606-040), and the power transformer (Schumacher 606-016) are original and date the amp to the end of 1960 or early 1961. The only hardware change is a replaced tone pot, as sadly the original had deteriorated beyond resurrection. The tubes are original (or at least period) and 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.