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1969 Fender Princeton Non-Reverb Vintage Silverface Tube Amp 100% Original w/ RCA & GE Tube Set


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Up for sale, a 1969 Fender Princeton in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with an untouched circuit and set of original RCA and General Electric tubes. A non-"drip edge" example produced later in the '69 model year, this Princeton retains the same circuitry as its Blackface era predecessor. 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 is 100% original and untouched, and the original Schumacher-made power and output transformers dating to the 32nd and 39th weeks of 1969, respectively, and visible codes on the original CTS pots from the 11th week of '69. The tubes are the original matched pair of General Electric 6V6 with an RCA 5U4 rectifier and pair of 12AX7 preamp tubes, all with very clean silkscreen lettering. The tube chart is also fully intact inside the cabinet with crisp corners and only lightly faded paper.

The speaker is the original Oxford 10J4 10" ceramic driver which sounds great with its original cone. The speaker has a clean black frame and date sticker on the edge from the 37th week of '69. Perhaps most importantly, this is one of the last screw-in baffles seen on the Princeton model, as Fender would switch to the far less popular (and nigh impossible to replace) glued-in baffles by the following year, which also proved less resonant than the earlier design.

The nickel hardware on the amp is completely original and the faceplate is particularly clean, with stock witch hat knobs. The stock black tolex and silver sparkle grillcloth with turquoise stripe are intact. The tolex is extremely clean save for a few minor scuffs on the enclosure edges, and the grillcloth shows light aging with one small snag near the bottom edge.

A modern footswitch is included.