Fender Princeton 6G2 Tube Amplifier (1962)

Fender  Princeton 6G2 Tube Amplifier (1962)
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Item # 9541
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Fender Princeton 6G2 Model Tube Amplifier (1962), made in Fullerton, California, serial # P-02809, brown tolex covering finish.
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 super nice original example of one of our favorite amps -- the early 1960s "Brownface" Fender Princeton. The Tolex-covered amps of this period were Fender's completely re-engineered line for the 1960s, a new standard in power, design, and function. Standing between the earlier rampaging tweed era and the louder and somewhat cleaner blackface amps that followed, the "brown" amps combine 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.

The tube chart in this example does not have a fully legible date code but the components suggest it was assembled in mid-1962. The transformers are both code to the 13th week of that year. The speaker is an Oxford marked 465-133 (33rd week of 1961) and the pot dates are from the 45th week of that year. This amp has had our standard service with a replacement of the fading Electrolytic capacitors and the large underslung "can" cap. Most of the original "blue" Astron signal caps are still intact and working well. All sockets, jacks and pots were cleaned and the amp biased to spec. A grounded 3-prong cord was added and the "death" cap removed.

Externally the amp is quite clean overall, with some minor scuffing to the Tolex, a few small scratches to the faceplate and a couple of tiny stains on the grillcloth. The somewhat fragile brown knobs are still all intact, as is the original leather handle and even the oft-missing brown trem pedal. 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 layout is simple and to the point, with two inputs, tone, volume, and trem speed and depth controls. 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. Overall Excellent Condition.