Up for sale, a 1966 Fender Princeton in exceptional 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 Blackface 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 has been serviced as needed, balancing originality and functionality, with all of the famed blue molded Ajax tone caps intact in the preamp, instrumental in creating the sweet, musical character of Fender's Blackface circuits. The original Schumacher-made output transformer is intact, dating to the 18th week of '66, while the power transformer is a genuine vintage Fender replacement (likely factory work) dating to '71. Visible codes on the original Stackpole pots date to the 35th week of '66, and the preamp features a few new smaller Sprague electrolytics, with a modern multi-section can cap in the power supply and a three-prong power cable, all ensuring optimal performance. The tubes include a matched pair of RCA 6V6s, with a vintage 5AR4 rectifier and valves from the likes of General Electric and Tung Sol in the preamp.
The tube chart is clean and and only lightly aged, with crisp corners and a "PK" date stamp that translates to November of '66. Typically the tube chart date is the latest on any Fender, which is true in this instance as well. The speaker is the original Jensen 10" ceramic driver with a clean black frame, brown/gold Fender sticker on the magnet, and date on the edge of the frame from the 49th week of '65.
The original black tolex and silver sparkle grillcloth are extremely well-kept, with sparingly little aging of the grill, complete with the original raised 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.