Dating back to the the K&F days, the Princeton amp has remained a feature of the Fender catalogue right through to the present day. Originally the smallest of the amp line, the Princeton grew to legendary status that far outstretched its initial student monicker and even became the basis of Randall Smith’s foray into amp building. The Princeton Reverb was introduced in 1965 and became a studio favourite.
As you are probably aware, this 1968 model is referred to as the 'drip edge' due to the aluminium strip on the outside of the speaker grille. This is a rare version which has black face internals and circuit in an early silver face livery. Basically, it is exactly the same inside and sounds exactly the same as the 1966 blackface we sold a couple of weeks ago.
Cosmetically this amp is in great condition. There area few minor knocks and scratches but nothing that effects the tolex which still retains that glossy finish. The grill cloth is in excellent shape too although it does have a small tear on the front and it could really do with a good clean! Control face has a few scratches but the legends are mostly intact.
Internally everything is as would be expected. The vast majority solder joints are undisturbed and components left unchanged.
The speaker is correct and tear free. The reverb tank is correct and works well.
The amp comes with a very posh and superbly made custom fitted flight case which is not something you see every day and would cost you quite a bit to have made.
This amp lives up to its reputation. Its plenty loud enough to cope with studio/home or stage use. The tremolo circuit is nice and strong and the reverb adds a fantastic depth to the sound. It breaks up nicely whilst retaining that Fender clarity. A truly inspiring amp.
We don’t often sell amps but we find these are always popular and this one has all the sounds and the looks for a slightly reduced price. These are hard to find and do not come up that often and there is a very good reason they do not appear for sale very often too..! Plug in to one and you will find out why.