Fender Princeton 6G2 Tube Amplifier (1962)

Fender  Princeton 6G2 Tube Amplifier (1962)
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Fender Princeton 6G2 Model Tube Amplifier (1962), made in Fullerton, California, serial # P-01656, 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 truly beautifully preserved original example of one of our favorite amps -- the "Brownface" Fender Princeton. This one has a Tube Chart code stamp of "LC" designating assembly in March 1962 and the transformer codes are both 606-213 (Schumacher), dating to the 13th week of 1962. The original inexpensive Oxford speaker is intact and dated to the 35th week of 1961 (465-135).

The Princeton's faceplate layout is simple, with two inputs, tone, volume, and trem speed and depth controls. 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 re-designed Tolex-covered amps of this period were Fender's completely re-engineered line for the early 1960s, a new standard in power, design, and function. Standing between the earlier rampaging tweed era and the louder or somewhat cleaner blackface amps that followed, the "brown" amps have some of the tonal characteristics of both. The 6G2 circuit is in fact a direct descendant of the 5F11 Tweed Vibrolux, now housed in a different cabinet with a different speaker compliment. The tremolo is lush and deep, and the sound starts breaking up just at the perfect volume point for small gigs and recording purposes. 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.

This is a superbly original amp overall with some typical maintenance but no modifications. There has been a medium-level recap job and a grounded three prong cord added. Internally it is otherwise unaltered. The Tolex has some light staining to the top and minor wear; the grillcloth has no notable tears. The faceplate and chassis straps have only very minor wear and corrosion. Overall this is a lovely example, really about as nice as they turn up nearly 60 years later still ready to gig. Excellent + Condition.