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 # P03906, brown tolex covering finish.

This is a truly beautifully preserved original example of one of our favorite amps: the "Brownface" Fender Princeton. 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 sounding 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 redesigned 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.

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.
 
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 Princeton is in truly remarkable shape, with little-to-no visible wear to the tolex. The grillcloth has no notable tears only a very minor discoloration in one spot in the upper right corner. The chassis straps show only very minor signs of corrosion and the faceplate is nice and clean. The amp retains its original handle with just a little wear but still has plenty life left in it. The amp also retains its original tremolo footswitch.

This one has a tube chart code stamp of "LH" designating assembly in August 1962. Electrically, the amp is all original with some typical maintenance but no modifications. The original inexpensive Oxford speaker is intact and dated to the 14th week of 1962. The amp retains both the original Schumacher power and output transformers, marked 606-233 and 606-204, respectively. As per our regular servicing routine, all the electrolytics have been replaced, a 3-prong grounded power cord has been added, all sockets, pots and jacks have been cleaned and power section has been biased to spec.

Overall this is a truly lovely example; phenomenal sounding and one of the cleanest little brown Princetons we've ever had the pleasure come through the shop! Excellent + Condition.