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1965 Fender Princeton Reverb Vintage Black Panel Tube Amp w/ Oxford 10J4, Pre-CBS FEIC Features


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Up for sale, a 1965 Fender Princeton Reverb in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Boasting the model's earliest features including no-logo grillcloth and a Pre-CBS-style "Fender Elect. Instr. Co." faceplate, this Princeton is extremely original, offering the perfect platform for small club gigs and studio sessions. This classic Fender AA764 Black Panel circuit delivers both well-balanced, sparkling cleans and smooth, harmonic-rich overdrive when you dime it out. The Reverb is lush and the Tremolo has a nice pulse with a wide range of speeds.

The circuit retains all of the stock transformers, manufactured for Fender by Schumacher (their primary transformer supplier in the Black Panel era), dating between the 2nd and 28th weeks of '65. The preamp features a number of the original molded Ajax tone caps (along with a couple brown and blue molded vintage caps), an essential part of the Black Panel sound, with new smaller electrolytic caps to ensure trouble-free performance. All of the original Stackpole pots are intact, with visible date codes from the 20th week of '65, and the power cable is still a vintage two-prong (cable can be upgraded to three-prong prior to shipment for no additional charge). The tubes comprise a Sovtek 5AR4 rectifier, a matched pair of Electro Harmonix 6V6 power tubes, and a mix of vintage and modern valves in the preamp.

The speaker is an era-correct Oxford 10J4 ceramic magnet driver, and while not original to the amp, this speaker is the exact model used in Princeton Reverbs of this era, with a clean black frame and blue foil Fender sticker on the ceramic magnet. The source date code on the speaker frame is from the 47th week of '68. The original tube chart is intact inside the cabinet as well, with crisp corners and minimal wear. The "OH" stamp on the chart translates to August of 1965.

The original black tolex shows some minor scuffs from use, along with one bald lower corner on the enclosure. The silver sparkle grillcloth is also original, stretched on a modern baltic birch baffle (more resilient and tonally pleasing than the original MDF baffle). All of the original hardware is intact, including the handle caps, chassis straps, and sphinx glides (feet), and the early "Fender Elect. Instr. Co." (FEIC) faceplate is notably clean, retaining all of its stock witch hat knobs.