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Fender '65 Princeton Reverb Overview by GAK

The legendary Fender Princeton Reverb Amp of the 1960s was small, light, and moderately powered. Though intended for practice situations, the Princeton was capable of big tube tone, and Fender's world-class Reverb and Vibrato effects are the icing on the cake.

From its inception 'til today, countless guitarists have chosen it as their go-to studio amp, crafting signature sounds with a stomp box or two feeding a simple miked-up Princeton. Today, original Princeton Reverb amps are prized collectables and becoming harder to find. 

The new '65 Princeton® Reverb Amp offers today's players all of the great tone and dynamics of the original...in an affordable, roadworthy reissue. The robust 15-Watt platform is a wise choice for creating tube tone in a small space and even provides enough output for small gigs and rehearsals. Here's what Ryan Adams thinks...

Studio session? This amp's 15-watt output puts it squarely in the favoured "small amp" category that studio cats love: it's robust enough to move some air, but the wattage is low enough to let you crank it up and let that 2 x 6V6 tube power section really go to work.

This is how the classic tones were put to tape, and it works! If you're playing in a smaller venue and want an amp that can dish out the tone sauce at moderate volumes while still keeping up with a drummer, the '65 Princeton Reverb is your guitar's best friend.

It's got the wattage to do the job, while its great-sounding single 10" Jensen Special Design C-10R speaker is voiced perfectly to the amp. A compact design means you don't need a cube van to transport the '65 Princeton Reverb; it fits easily in your trunk or back seat.

Once you plug and play this amp onstage, you won't want to stop! Sure, Fender made the '65 Princeton Reverb to handle the rigours of the road, with tough cabinet construction and a durable vinyl covering.

But if you want an all-tube practice amp that gives you the same (or better) sound quality as your live rig, here's your ticket. Plug right in, turn it up and roll back your guitar's volume for some fat clean tones, then dial up a little grit as you see fit.

You also get great-sounding onboard reverb and vibrato for pulling out everything from surf to swamp. Putting a stompbox or two in front of this amp means hours of rewarding tone-tweaking...so be prepared!

Fender 65 Princeton Reverb Additional Overview.
Here's a great example of an amp whose popularity and usefulness never went away...and now it's more popular than ever among guitarists! The '65 Princeton Reverb combines portability, tube tone, and outright vibe to make a classic package that gets the job done for a range of styles and applications.

  • 15-watt 1 x 10 Tube Combo
  • 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
  • Weight: 34 lbs
  • Height: 16"
  • Width: 19 7/8"
  • Depth: 9 1/2"



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  • John R


    Beautiful clean tones, and much better for home/studio use than the Deluxe Reverb

  • Customer


    The perfect partner for my Tele's and Strats. Wonderfully touch-sensitive valve amp with awesome reverb and lush tremelo. I think I'm a Princeton guy for life now.

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