This is a vintage 1955 Fender Princeton -Amp “5D2″ electric guitar amplifier. This particular wide panel example, serial number 4481, is in good original condition. The mid-50’s smaller tweed Fender combo amps have enjoyed a reputation as the most famous big-sounding small amps. Though originally intended for a student/economy customer, the tweed Champ/Princeton has since become several serious guitarist’s secret weapon in the studio as it famously produces an abundantly rich and overdriven tone, unparalleled by not just other small tube amps, but even by the likes of 100w Marshalls. While similar to a late-’50s tweed Champ, the Princeton incorporates a highly practical tone knob.
Serial Number: 4481
Speaker Code: 220451
Transformer Code: 7787
Tube Chart Date: EA (January ’55)
This ’55 Fender Tweed Princeton utilizes: (1) 5Y3, (1) 6V6, and (1) 12AX7 tubes through a an original Jensen 8″ speaker. Both transformers are original, but several caps have been replaced. Also, all (3) tubes appear to be vintage and/or original. This amp was serviced to be a great-sounding recording amp. It retains all of the original capacitors and resistors though the 2-prong power cable was upgraded to a modern 3-prong for noise reduction.
This low-wattage amp is perfect for recording and really impresses an immense tone upon most microphones. This example works perfectly and sounds incredible. Not too compressed, yet rich and saturated, this is a highly complementary amp with most guitars.
While the cosmetic condition of this particular example is on the above average side, it wouldn’t be considered clean nor near mint. The tweed covering is intact, as is the grillcloth. Both back panels are original and attractive. The leather handle is a replacement.