For sale is this vintage 100% all original 1957 Fender Princeton 5F2-A amplifier. This fine tweed example is in very nice cosmetic condition and appears to be entirely original. 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.
Serial Number: P01634
Tube Chart Date Stamp: GE (May 1957)
Transformer Code: 50265
Speaker Code: 465-714 (Oxford)
This amp is completely all original. The original tweed exterior is in above average nicely maintained condition, with attractive fading, no stains, no rips, the usual scuffs, and nothing significant mentioning other then general aging. 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 fine shape.
The Tweed Princeton utilizes: (1) 5Y3, (1) 6V6, and (1) 12AX7 original RCA tubes through an original 1 x 8â³ Jensen speaker. This low-wattage amp is perfect for recording and really impresses an immense tone upon most microphones. This example 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. 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.
Sale Price: Sold