1956 Fender Princeton -Amp

This is a vintage 1956 Fender Princeton “5F2” electric guitar amplifier. This particular Tweed example, serial number P00715, is in very fine condition and includes the original Artisitc canvas cover! While the tweed Princeton enjoys less popularity than both its larger (Deluxe, Twin, Bandmaster, Bassman, etc.) and smaller (Champ) counterparts, it is also clearly the sleeper of the entire tweed line, and is appropriately considered to be the best value. Though it was recently thoroughly serviced, this example is in extremely well-preserved all original condition, and includes ALL of the original components. For those of you who walk the line between player and collector, this is the amp for you: an amazing sounding vintage Tweed amp in beautiful condition.

Serial Number: P00715
Tube Chart Date Stamp: FF (June 1956)
Transformer Codes: 5396, 50265
Speaker Code: 395616 (Permaflux)

The original lacquered tweed exterior is in very excellent shape, super clean condition, with very slight fading, no rips, and nothing significantly distracting. There is some very light evidence of moisture exposure on the top of the tweed cabinet, and the usual light seam fraying. But take a look at the pics, because it is in a very strong 8.75/10 condition. The original grill cloth is perfect and pristine. The control panel and chassis are brilliant and bright with perfectly intact font and painted designations. The leather handle is in fine original condition, and the miscellaneous hardware is in correspondingly excellent shape.

The Tweed Princeton utilizes: (1) 5Y3, (1) 6V6, and (1) 12AX7 tubes through an original 1 x 8″ Permaflux speaker.

As mentioned, this amp was in 100% all original condition when purchased from the previous owner, however, it was anemic, microphonic, and ow output. After being serviced, and having had several caps and tubes replaced (yes, all replaced original parts are included), the amp is now better than any I’ve ever heard.

This low-wattage amp is perfect for recording and really impresses an immense tone upon most microphones. This example now works perfectly and sounds incredible. The Princeton sounds most like a larger Champ with less saturation and a more universal full-range tone. Instead of collapsing upon itself when turned all the way up, like some Champs, it compresses and envelopes in a really great way. The larger cabinet enhanced headroom and presence. When the volume is slightly turned down, the amp achieves a highly accessible and quite remarkable traditional overdrive that most amp manufacturers wish they could harness.