Fender Princeton Reverb "Silverface" [1968-1981]
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Fender Princeton Reverb "Silverface" [1968-1981]

Princeton Reverb "Silverface" [1968-1981], Tube Combo Guitar Amp from Fender in the Princeton series.

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iamqman07/10/2011

iamqman's review"Vintage Fender"

Fender Princeton Reverb "Silverface" [1968-1981]
Back in the day when the amps were built with sweet care and concern and the guitars were individually nurtured through birth. These were the days when you could feel the soul and heart that was put into each amp and guitar that came out of Southern California.

Today many and most of the amps are made over seas or outside of the border. This ensures quality and not quality of care. amps today can be seen with a jumbo amount of switch and control knobs that just get in the the way of pure tone.

Well these amps were just pure tone. They have a soul and character to them that almost makes each one unique. These amps have a tone and intensity to play and be heard.

UTILIZATION

Model:
Princeton Reverb
Circuit:
AB868, AB1270
Config:
Combo
Control Panel:
Silver, forward facing w/ blue labels
Front Conrol Layout:
In, In, Vol, Treb, Bass, Rev, Speed, Intensity - Pilot Lamp
Knobs: Black skirted w/ chrome center, numbered 1 - 10
Cabinet: 20" x 16¼" x 9½" (48.9 x 41.3 x 24.1 cm)
Cab Covering: Black Tolex
Cab Hardware:
Black strap handle, 4½" chassis straps, glides
Grille: 68-69: Blue sparkle grille cloth w/ aluminum frame
70-75: Blue sparkle grille cloth
76-80: Orange and silver grille cloth
Logo:
Grille mounted, raised, chrome & black script "Fender" w/ tail(68-74) or "Fender®" w/o tail (74-81)
Weight:
31 lbs. (14.1 Kg)
Speakers/Load:
1 x 10"/8 ohms
Speaker Model:
Oxford 10J4 or CTS 10"
Effects: Reverb, Tremolo
Output:
12-15 Watts
Preamp:
7025, ½ 12AX7
Power:
2 x 6V6GT
Bias:
Fixed, nonadjustable
Rectifier:
GZ34 (early) or 5U4GB (70s)
Phase Inverter:
½ 12AX7 (split load)
Other:
Reverb Driver: 12AT7
Reverb Recovery: ½ 12AX7
Tremolo: ½ 12AX7 (bias vary)

SOUNDS

The tone of this amp is one of the purest tones in existence. You can hear the fluttering of the tremolo and the analog reverb that just puts the worries of life behind you. You can get lost in tonal bliss with just a few minutes of playing this amp.

Play this amp with a quality Fender Stratocaster or a nice Fender Telecaster. You can get a sweet tone with the two of these pared up and cranking. There is just something magical that happens between a good Strat and vintage Fender amp that is more than heavenly.

OVERALL OPINION

Today you will have to pay a good price to score one of these amps. I have seen some of these go for around $2500 and as low as $1700 for 60's amps. I have seen some 70's models go fro around $1000 so that is a great price. These amp good priced amps but also expensive depending on who you are asking. But a great vintage amp for about the price of some new ones is a good deal.