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1960 Fender Princeton Tweed Vintage Tube Amp Narrow Panel Big Box 5F2-A Circuit w/ Victoria Cover


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Up for sale, a 1960 Fender Princeton in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original Victoria Luggage cover. With its narrow panel configuration, this Princeton is considered the "big box" version, with a cab that's far larger than the single 8" alnico speaker requires. The resulting sound is particularly round and rich for the relatively small speaker size.

The 5F2-A circuit couldn't be more simple and pure, with single Volume and Tone knobs and a Class A circuit design, powered by a single 6V6 power tube. The tone is articulate, dynamic and commanding, with the sizzle and churning overdrive of a Champ, but with more tonal range and fuller low end. The top end response is just right, and the amp doesn't get too trebly, making the tone control quite usable for dialing in exactly as much zing and snap as you desire.

The circuit is very original and only serviced as necessary for optimal functionality, retaining the original Triad transformers. The original Stackpole pots and carbon comp resistors are intact, and the preamp features a pair of Jupiter-made replica Astron capacitors. The power supply caps and smaller electrolytics have been replaced with high quality modern Spragues and F&Ts, all cleanly sleeved in the original Minimite wrappers. The original two-prong gray power cable is intact too. The tubes include a vintage Sylvania 6V6 and RCA 5Y3 rectifier along with a modern JJ 12AX7.

The original Oxford alnico magnet 8EV speaker is intact, with the original inspection sticker on the magnet and a date stamp from the 24th week of '60. The speaker is also stamped "JG" on the edge of the frame, matching the identical stamp on the tube chart. The tube chart is clean and crisp, retaining the "JG" date stamp which translates to July of 1960.

The original tweed is extremely well-preserved, with light staining on the bottom of the enclosure and one of the sides. There's a couple small areas of missing tweed around the sphinx glides (feet), with only extremely minor edge wear. The faceplate is notably clean, with all of the white silkscreen text, bright chrome, and a pair of original chicken head knobs. The original leather handle is also present.

The original Victoria Luggage fitted brown canvas cover is included.