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1965 Fender Princeton Non-Reverb Vintage Black Panel Tube Amp w/ Jensen C10Q Speaker


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Up for sale, a 1965 Fender Princeton in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Unlike its brother the Princeton Reverb, this non-reverb Princeton has much more clean headroom, as the lack of the reverb effect introduces less gain into the circuit, allowing the amp to be clearer and punchier, with a sound that has sparkle and chime indicative of the Black Panel line and perfect for recording situations. The controls are simple and intuitive, and the bias-based tremolo circuit has a nice even pulse with a wide range of available speeds.

The circuit is extremely original, with all of the famed blue molded Ajax tone caps intact in the preamp, instrumental in creating the sweet, musical character of Fender's Black Panel circuits. The original Schumacher-made transformers date to late '65, and visible codes on the original Stackpole pots date to the 15th week of '65. The preamp features a few new smaller electrolytic caps, with a modern multi-section can cap in the power supply. The power cable is the original two-prong variety, and a three-prong can be installed at the new owner's discretion, free of charge. The tubes include a matched pair of modern JJ 6V6s, with JJ preamp tubes and a vintage 5Y3 rectifier.

The tube chart is clean and and only lightly aged, with crisp corners and a "OL" date stamp that translates to December of '65. Typically the tube chart date is the latest on any Fender, which is true in this instance as well. The speaker is an era-correct Jensen 10" ceramic magnet C10Q with a black frame, brown/gold foil sticker on the magnet, and date on the edge of the frame from the 8th week of '66.

The original black tolex and silver sparkle grillcloth are quite well-kept, with the exception of some light white paint speckling on the top and bottom, and many shallow cigarette burns on the top of the cabinet. The original silver sparkle grillcloth shows sparingly little aging, complete with the original raised Fender logo. The nickel hardware on the amp is completely original including the chassis straps, sphinx glides, and handle caps, and the faceplate is particularly clean, with stock witch hat knobs.