Fender '65 Princeton Reverb [2008-Current]
Fender '65 Princeton Reverb [2008-Current]

'65 Princeton Reverb [2008-Current], Tube Combo Guitar Amp from Fender in the Princeton series.

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King Loudness12/12/2011

King Loudness's review"Smaller is cool"

Fender '65 Princeton Reverb [2008-Current]
The Fender Princeton Reverb is the smallest available amp in the Vintage reissue line. It features only the one channel, controlled by volume, bass, middle, treble, reverb, speed, and intensity (for the vibrato) controls. It's based on the original blackface model that was popular with students and studio musicians in the '60s. It puts out 15 watts of power and is powered by the standard Fender tube of 6V6s. It's a pretty simple amp, forgoing even the extra channel that most of the Vintage Reissue models have. That being said, if you're looking for a small yet clean amp that sounds great, here you go!


Getting a good sound with this amp is pretty easy. Where it's smaller and only 15 watts, it's much more likely that you'd be able to crank this one up a little bit, even in a smaller room just to get some natural sustain and compression happening from the tubes and speaker. This factor makes is great for recording at studio sessions or for smaller gigs. Even the 22 watt Deluxe Reverb can be quite loud, so this little Princeton is great if you need just that little bit smaller. The controls respond as you would expect. There is a bit less bottom end in this amp obviously, because of its smaller size but that's to be expected I suppose.


The tones out of the '65 Princeton Reverb are pretty much standard Fender. The cleans are very crisp and clear, great for country or blues type tones, especially with single coils. That being said, an added benefit of this is that you can turn it up a little bit for natural compression. It's still not an amp I would expect to turn up full bore for power tube saturation (you'd still want a pedal of some kinda, but overall it can get you closer to that sonic satori. The onboard reverb and vibrato are of excellent quality as well and the amp sounds quite 3D and clear just like its bigger brothers.


All in all I think the Fender '65 Princeton Reverb is a great amp for someone looking for classic Fender cleans in a simple smaller wattage package. It sounds great and has the ability to be turned up a little more than some of the bigger Fender amps. It sells new for about $800 which is a good deal considering the tone and quality, and hey, what else can you get that's this nifty for under a grand that will sound great? Not much that I know of! Definitely worth a look if you're shopping.

iamqman's review"Classic amp"

Fender '65 Princeton Reverb [2008-Current]
This is going to be one of you no frills basic classic Fender amp. There isn't going to be much to this amp. It only has one channel and that is a clean channel. You can turn it up a bit and get a very low overdrive.

Fender '65 Princeton Reverb 15-watt 1 x 10 Tube Combo Amp Features:

* Series: Vintage Reissue
* Amp type: Tube amp
* Output: 15 watts into 8 ohms
* Speaker: 1 x 10" Jensen Special Design C-10R
* Channels: Single-channel (2 inputs)
* Controls: Volume, Treble, Bass, Reverb, Speed, and Intensity
* Effects: Reverb, Vibrato
* Tubes: 3 x 12AX7, 1 x 12AT7, 2 x 6V6, 1 x 5AR4 rectifier tube
* Covering: Black textured vinyl covering
* Amp Cover: Included
* Accessories: 2-button footswitch for Reverb and Vibrato On/Off


Type Tube
Number of Channels 1
Power 15W
Speakers 1 x 10" Jensen C-10R
No Effects
Reverb Yes
EQ Treble, Bass
No Amp Modeling
Number of Tubes 7
Preamp Tubes 3 x 12AX7, 1 x 12AT7
Power Tubes 2 x 6V6, 1 x 5AR4 (Rectifier)
Inputs 2 x Instrument
Outputs 2 x Speaker
Footswitch I/O Yes
Effects Loop Yes
Height 16"
Width 19.88"
Depth 9.5"
Weight 34 lbs.


For what this amp does it sound very good. This is going to be an amp for the pop or country player. There is no high gain in this amp what so ever. You have to crank the amp up for the tubes to start cooking, but cooking might be an over statement. This is going to distort too much. It will be very mild and not much too it. But no that that's a bad thing just a certain low gain low saturation style.

This is an amp that any guitar will sound goo with. You will get a solid chimy sparkle tone with a Fender Tele or Strat. You will get a good blues and thicker tone with a Gibson Les Paul. This amp takes pedals very well, so a nice analog delay will match quite well with this amp.


This is a basic amplifier from Fender. You will not get a whole lot of features but just straight ahead tone for days. this amp is a solid tonally grand amplifier with a tone of character and warmth. AT new these amps come in at around $900. A think that is a bit on the high side for single channel tube amp.

I would recommend this amp to the person who knows what he is looking for. This isn't going to be everyone's cup of tea since things now a days need to have more features. This amp is going to be for the more classic simple type guitar player.
Audiofanzine FR12/13/2008

Audiofanzine FR's review

Fender '65 Princeton Reverb [2008-Current]
(Originally written by IrishTour/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
15-watt, all-tube amp (2 x 6V6, 3 x 12AX7, 1 x 12AT7 for reverb, 1 x 5AR4 rectifier tube)

10" Jensen C-10R speaker

2 inputs (high and low -6dB)

Only one channel

Volume / treble / bass / reverb / tremolo speed + intensity

Footswitch (included) for reverb and tremolo

No FX loop.


The configuration couldn't be easier. Just plug (no standby) and play!

There is something that needs to be improved: the footswitch is provided in a padded bag stapled to the inside of the amp's cabinet. As I unfastened it I almost damaged a tube socket, and the staples as well as some bag pieces are still fixed to the wood! It's a shame for an amp with this price tag...

Another critique: the cabinet's vibrations generate noise under a certain frequency (F sharp and below). So you have this problem with the three lower notes. It's not such a big problem when you play but it surely is unacceptable for recording and I will have to solve this problem (apparently it is possible: take a look at the respective topic on Harmony Central).


The sound is what justifies having spent so much money. I play a 1962 Strat CS and it never sounded so good as with this amp: the sound is extremely dynamic and responsive even with the smallest nuances. The high-frequency range is magical, the low-end is deep and present (although the amp has only a 10" speaker). Treble and bass controls are very effective, every turn, slight as it may be, affects the sound equally.

Perhaps you want to know if this amp can be played in an apartment:

- The clean sound has a lot of character and it is very musical (warm lows and crystal-clear highs) even at low volumes (2).

- But it's impossible to get a real crunch sound without cranking it up so you'd better have extremely understanding neighbors. Even with my treble booster (TAD Range King), I can't get a crunch sound with neighbor-friendly levels... Perhaps with humbuckers...?

The reverb sounds very deep but not muddy. But I find the effect's intensity raises to quickly: when the control is set to 2, the reverb is already easily audible...

The tremolo effect is very nice. It has less character than my EHX Pulsar but it generates less noise!

I don't want to rate it because I would have to be objective and my opinion is only subjective...


I've owned it for one week and I don't think I'll ever get bored of it.

I owned a Blues Junior several years. I liked its sound but I found the low frequency range wasn't accurate enough. Here I don't notice that problem and the sound quality is clearly better (more dynamics, more precision, more accurate reverb, very effective tone settings).

I also had a very disappointing Laney VC15. I sold it to buy the Princeton. I also tested an Orange Tiny Terror combo. I found it nice but the sound was lifeless at low levels (I play mainly at home).

I find the value for money ok. There is a huge price difference between this amp and a Blues Junior but I think it's worth it.

If it ever gets stolen, I would buy it again without hesitation: this tube amp is very expressive, even with (very) low output levels (except for crunch sounds).

MacB's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Sixties revival!"

Fender '65 Princeton Reverb [2008-Current]
All Tube Amplifier

15 W lamps

2 connections "High" (1) (big sound) "low" (2) (a more moderate)

knob: Master / bass / treble / Tremolo / current - no medium.

Effect: the old tremolo lamp (for fans of old surf and beat groups of the sixties such as SHADOWS or Dick Dale)

Does not have the old standby!

Ignition is on the back of the amp. (ATTENTION overheating, turn it off whenever possible, to let it cool a little to prevent the outbreak of the lamps even though it is supposed to be made for it, better safe than sorry! )

Existing color: black or orange (limited edition)

My color: orange.


Very simple setup (no need for any manual): 1 2 master input jack, two possible frequencies Bass / treble and tremolo for fans.

The sound of the amp already obtained a 2 1 / 2, he begins to crunch 3 (use guitar and harmonica)

For his regulars for FENDER it's not necessarily the amp that suits you best given its peculiarity, namely that it is an amp that goes up in crunch by pushing the volume, power is coupled. Highs here are not necessarily representative of the usual acute FENDERIEN. The sound is generally round, he breathes the years 60-70, so do not compare with newer models like the FENDER HOT ROD example, nothing to do! This is an amplifier that meets (and responded to the model of ref time), needs to time, namely a portable amp, light, strong travel (studio studio) daily of its owner, perfect for group play, at home while also delivering good power.

No unwanted noise, no feedback (or low), perfect for blues guitarists, or those who love to find a sound of 60-70 years (THE WHO, LED ZEP, SHADOWS, SMALL FACES ...) and also perfect for blues harmonica, much better than BASSMAN (although less power) or a 2 amp BLUES JUNIOR usually used by the harmonica, although more stable, regular perfect for harmonica players who wants to regain its JUNIOR WELLS, SUGAR BLUE etc ...

Finally this amp to a story myth or reality? This is an amp which would Jim Hendrix played when it was not plugged into his Marshall plexi, so his home studio and on some pieces, it would be this amp would have served! Notice to fans then!


As qu'harmoniciste is really the same sound to the old the old bluesmen who played the harmonica amplified MUDDY WATERS REVIVAL BAND!

As a guitarist, looking for the old sounds, I would say it is perfect, in the same line (approaching it!) A 65 DELUXE REVERB or AMERICAN DELUXE TWEED 57 (or Benrod FENDER) even if they are two amps that have their small differences from Princeton.

Music style: Blues-Rock, Roots, India, garage, rock'n'roll

A sound mind in sixties-seventies: Pete Townsend of The Who, Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac, Rory Gallagher etc. ...

Not recommended for metal, neo, death, thrash, hardcore, screamo etc ...

Its got: crunchy while power

Guitar setup:

T. REX MOLLER (Overdrive / Boost)

Harmonious configuration:

1 Shure 520 DX

I love all the sounds of the amp knowing that at first it was mainly for the harmonica, but the guitar is fantastic!


I use it for over a year to date, I've had others before, as a PEAVEY WINDSOR STUDIO, a LANEY VC 30 is this amp gives me the most satisfaction. Eventually I think my bearings mainly for the guitar, a 65 DELUXE REVERB (22W) with almost the same properties as my PRINCETON, or a 57 Tweed Deluxe or BEN ROD FENDER (14W). And the price is quite high, but said well you ladies and gentlemen, that quality is paid for, I think the price is up to the amp. I will not sell this amp because it is full of resources, in short, was no better since the sixties (besides models or reissue existing or custom models Silverface time, blackface & co!).

Pucelle_Dabidjan's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Little amp great sound"

Fender '65 Princeton Reverb [2008-Current]
I will not dwell too long on technical data. It Hits you it need?

It is a low-power single-channel amp (15w). With its all cute little hp.

Everything is there but at the same time, it lacks the DI outputs, headphone outputs, two channels switchable and all those little things amps lowcost competitors. BUT, this is a very special and different philosophy has been chosen here. Here's an amplifier in front of you purist.


Yes. Naturally, it is very fast in the right sound. But alas, it lacks a little power to be heard when the likes clean home clean live.


Good blood thinner mine! Those who want a clean amp or low crunch should consider acquiring this machine. It is simply stunning.

For a nominal fee, so insignificant in this category of sound, it is fantastic. The clean has a depth, height, spatial definition absolutely stunning that rises to the height of the Divided by 13 other killings and kind and Two Rock Mojave. When we know that these amps are at least three times that price, it's really flattering. Naturally, the quality is paid for and we should not expect to electronics inside fly high. Too bad we can not have a few more watts in the ass for live. But as rehearsal amp, home or in groups that do not play at full pots, it will find its place. But try before you adopt.


The price / performance ratio grows here very clearly this amp before. It is quite advisable to use recreational or studio. Professionals who want to hear live voice will turn to something else or will arm a monitor of death that kills.
Pat Flam01/26/2010

Pat Flam's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Fender '65 Princeton Reverb [2008-Current]
7-AMP 15 watt lamps with reverb and tremolo lamp also blade. (For details see manufacturer website).
No effects loop ...
Lightweight and compact.


Use more than simple.


(L series Start with 1964, strat mexico road worn 50 s, gibson les paul classic 1997, telecaster with Van Zandt and Danelectro):

What to say ... perhaps one of the most beautiful clear sounds I heard, I also have a Peavey Classic 50 which is super clean sound as full, the fender had only one channel, but what channel ...
Treble sintillements that sound like bells, a natural medium and not gaudy, tight bass and beautiful (speaker jensen ceramic 10 inches).
The reverb lamp is sublime and powerful, I do not grow to more than three if his cave.
The tremolo plunges us into the year 60.
In terms of volume, the amp is not powerful sounds great at low volumes.
Of 1-4 is very gradual sansaire too decibels. From four sons'ouvre the top and really is 5 sur10. There does not distort the sound yet, but is full of dynamics and grain, and there is enjoyable ....
From 6 to ten, the already considerable volume increases further by bringing under its wings more and more distortion.
At 10, he made the big crunch ...
If you put distortion pedals (or dual Blackstar "and" tube screamer) or wah, wah, it works nickel.


I use it for one month, I have a Peavey Classic 50, a Fender Super Champ XD, and I tried a lot of amps.
What I like most, its sound, its size, its weight.
What I like least is that there is no effects loop (for a good time ...).
Yes I would do this choice.

ilrar's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Fender '65 Princeton Reverb [2008-Current]
What kind of amplification (lamp, transistor ,...)? What is the power dlivre? What connection? What rglages the effects? * ...

All-tube amp, 15W, single-channel reverb and vibrato


The configuration is it simple? Gets it easy to sound good? The manual is clear and sufficient? * ...

As a single channel, the more you push the sound, the greater the distortion. Until 4 / 10 the sound is perfectly clear.

Amp trs easy to use. I use this amp in a home studio flat configuration. This amp dlivre low volume sound of incredible quality. A 2 / 10 the sound is superb and no more noisy than TV!

As I live apart often I could test the disto ... I found it average. Personal I use a pedal for distortion of the low volume.
The distortion seemed trs blues ... see muddy. As much I love the distortion of both the Hot Rod ... l. .. blah ...

Against by between 4 and 6 on the volume knob was a great overdrive, crpusculaire, great!

The 15W ears become damaged enough rpt. I think a can also do a concert if the sound of the amp is transplanted.


Is it your style of music? With what (s) guitar (s) / low (s) or effect (s) do you play? What kinds of sounds you get and with what rglages ("crystalline", " ",....) fatty what are the sounds you prfrez, you dtest? *
Style of music around: exprimental, pop, rock, noise, alternative ... I'm a fan of Gainsbourg, Sonic Youth, Logh, The Velvet Underground, The Smaching Pumpkins ...

I play with a Fender Jazzmaster (Mexican) and my roommate with an Ibanez Steve Vai Floral. First observation: the amp Restitut vritablement the characters of each guitar.
The strength of this amp is its clear sound sublime. Defines how the ...

- Not at all showy as some Fender models

- The highs are as low trs Submitted. Sound so balanced and trs hot. I also liked the warm sound of the VOX AC15. However, I criticized the lack of VOX shine ... especially with a Jazzmaster (the most serious of Fender). With VOX guitar I was afraid of food frquences on bass and does not properly s'insre in the mix.
- Reverb and Vibrato MAGNIFICENT. It is just an empty string we peed on it so it's beautiful. - Clear sound extremely well Dfine. When an ISP agreement really means each string of Manir individual. So the amp requires some precision in the game ..
- I could compare this amp in a recording studio provided with: a Mesa Boogie Rectifier, Fender Hot Rod and a Crate. I will not talk about because we achte distortion this amp for its clean sound of legends, not for its distortion. Brief me e compared the sound of the Mesa Boogie clear sounded too ... ... the rock FM Hot Rod silent duller, right, so hot but a little more rock, a Crate pure distortion but a clear right as an orange, so we talked about not even. In the end its my Jazzmaster Amp + is similar to that of bands like Logh or Mono.


How long you use it and what is the particular feature you like best and least? Have you tried many other models before acqurir? How do you report qualitprix ? With the exprience, you do again this choice? * ...

I am perfectly happy with my purchase. With all my musical hardware, it is certainly my prfr Now I am a total lover of Fender.

In résumé:
+ The clear sound sublime
+ A good overdrive
+ Playable apart
From personnalitbr + /> + The rverb and vibrato
+ Easy transport

- Single channel
- Bof disto apart and not used in
- It's not even when given!