Fender Limited Edition 65 Princeton Reverb Amp
Fender’s Princeton line of amps have been legendary to say the least. Now for a limited time (as long as they’re around) Fender has presented the 65 Princeton Reverb amp. So how limited is limited? I’d say about 250 manufactured units type of limited. After doing a quick Google search for a specific number in global population I just rounded it down to an even 7 billion. Divide that by 250 and that means there is one amp for every 28,000,000 people on the planet. We’re gonna have to do a lot of sharing.
Designed to be reflective of the style and sound of the originals the surf green and hot white vinyl shrouded box is loaded with a 10” Celestrion Greenback G10 speaker to up the warmth of the mids and punch comparable to the vintage sounds of British guitar music with 8 ohms impedance. Weighing in at 34 lbs with a length of 9.5” by a width of 19.875” by a height of 16” it belts the sounds at at 15 watts with a 5AR4 rectifier tube. The controls are narrowed down to volume, treble, bass, reverb, speed, and intensity.
In the preamp section it has three 12AX7 tubes and one 12AT7 while the power section has two 6V6 tubes. It’s nestled at an MSRP of $1,399.
A Momentary Reflection on Princeton History
Fender’s Princeton line of amps have a history reaching as far back as 1947 (excluding the preceding development time) when the very first model simply called the Fender Princeton was introduced. At a meager four watts the originals used a 6SL7 twin triode tube to surge the electric current through the preamp in two stages of RC-coupled voltage. A second tube, a 6V6 single cathode-biased tetrode was used. Over the years apart from a nip here and a tuck there the Princeton went relatively unchanged until 1961 when the 6SL7 was kicked out like a freeloader and the 7025 took over in the preamp and a 12AX7 that could offer its services as a tremolo oscillator or a split-load phase inverter. The 6V6 was dethroned when a pair of 6V6GT tubes settled in the power amp.
These amps were very commonly used for recording, a trait Fender would later play to the advantage of in the 2000s when they released the Princeton Recording-Amp.
After the Princeton saw its first hefty design overhaul just a few years later in 1964 the Princeton line split in two directions and the Princeton Reverb was born. As the name implies the biggest addition is the onboard reverb and vibrato effects. The original model remained intact for a few years until 1968 when Fender began taking more liberties in its design and circuitry up until 1981 when the Princeton Reverb was formally discontinued.
Of course that’s not the end of the Princeton legacy. In 1982 (long wait, I know) the Princeton Reverb II was released which boasted more power and in addition to the onboard effects it had a treble boost, a mid boost, and a switchable overdrive effect. This version of the Princeton lasted up until 1986.