This is a vintage 1969 Fender Princeton Reverb guitar amplifier. This particular drip-edge example, serial number A25491, is in exceptional 100% ALL ORIGINAL condition. That’s right, every transformer, capacitor, resistor, the speaker and RCA tube is original. Also included is a genuine Fender reissue silver footswitch that looks just like the original. This amp sounds just as amazing as it looks.
Serial Number: A25491
Transformer Codes: -606-9-10, -606-8-51, -606-9-20
Speaker Date Code: 465-919
This particular example is the rare drip-edge/drip-rail Princeton Reverb which was only offered from 1968-69. During these transitional years into the silverface aesthetic era, these amps were still built with blackface era components and schematic design, making this example just as great sounding as any early ’60s blackface Princeton Reverb.
The black vinyl tolex exterior is in extremely excellent condition with only minimal superficial wear. The blue and silver stripe grill cloth is not faded, and still looks crisp and attractive. There are no snags, rips, or tears in the grill and the appearance and structural integrity is very fine. The control panel is also crisp and clean with a few small blemishes. All of the hardware is in very excellent condition, the chassis is quite clean, with no evidence of damage, let alone signs of oxidation.
The Fender Princeton Reverb was one of Fender’s smaller, more practical combo amps initially offered in 1964 along with others in the new “Blackface” panel line. The Princeton Reverb Amp utilizes; (1) GZ34 (2) 6V6 (2) 12AX7, (1) 12AT7 and (1) 7025 tubes through 1 x 10″ Oxford speaker to produce a warm, dynamic sound in a convenient package.
Since this particular example has been very well-preserved, it sounds as good as it looks. Interestingly, the AA764 schematic on the tube chart is a mis-print, as the 764 designates a Vibro-Champ, and the AA964 was typically used to designate a Princeton Reverb. This incorrect tube chart is quite common, and is seen on amps made between 1966-1969.
This particular Princeton Reverb sounds better than any reissue and better than most blackface era Princeton Reverbs I have owned. Due to it being in such beautiful original condition, it sounds extremely efficient, and is quite loud and robust for such a small amp. Surprisingly intricate at loud volumes, this Princeton Reverb would be perfect for playing live or recording in the studio.
The amp works perfectly and sounds fantastic. The single Oxford 10″ speaker features an original cone and does not exhibit speaker fatigue nor voicecoil distortion. Both the reverb and vibrato work and sound exceptional. As mentioned, the amp comes with a reissue footswitch.