1968 was a transitional year for Fender amps, with tone that was still pure Fender but a look that was brand new. With a silver-and-turquoise front panel and classy aluminum “drip edge” grille cloth trim, the Princeton Reverb received a fresh new face as it remained the perfect recording and gigging amp. Small, light and moderately powered, it produced big tube tone, with world-class Fender reverb and vibrato effects. For countless guitarists ever since, the Princeton Reverb has been the go-to amp for classic Fender sound.
The ’68 Custom Princeton Reverb Amp pays tribute to the classic look, sound and performance of Fender’s late-’60s “silverface” amps. In a special twist, a modified tone circuit gives modern players greater tonal flexibility with pedals, and the amp’s reduced negative feedback gives greater touch sensitivity and quicker onset of overdrive. The ’68 Custom Princeton Reverb’s single 10” Celestion® TEN 30 speaker also delivers a more distinctively rock ‘n’ roll flavor.
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I own several Fender Amps. I own a new Fender Vaporizer, a 1981 Fender Princeton Reverb ii, Fender Blues Junior 3 and used to own a Fender 65 Deluxe Reverb Re-issue.
The reason I was interested in this amp was to downsize from the 65 Deluxe. I was amazed when I first plugged in a Stratocaster at how the sound was full, a lot of bass and very up front sounding. Very rich and full. That's how I would describe the reverb, very rich sounding. This is a very unique amp. It's not as distant sounding that other Fender amps sound like.
The amp is so full sounding, you can have the bass dialed at 1 or 2 and that's plenty. This Princeton may be a Bassman in disguise with it's Bassman circuit. Very cool!
The tremolo mixed with the reverb sound amazing with a great deal of character. This amp has a lot of emotion in the tone. From Country twang to NYC punk rock to Jazz, this amp can do it. This amp sounds great with pedals as well. I have tried several overdrive pedals and they all sounded great.
If you are interested in this amp and a fan of Fender, I highly recommend trying it out. In fact, go to a guitar store and play one side by side with another Fender amp to hear the difference.
Why I am not giving this amp 5 stars, The only negative I would have for this amp is the hum on the reverb channel. It's not terrible but I personally feel they could have done a better job on grounding the reverb tank. Again, it didn't sway my decision to by this amp. It's possible many players won't notice. I play in a very quiet setting and noticed it.
This is a great amp if you need to play at low levels or playing in a garage band. It's a special amp!
Mdroberts88 owns this item
Fender nailed it with this product. I own a handful of boutique amps, including Tweed clones, and a Blues Jr., I used to own a Blues Deville and a '65 DRRI. The tweaks and modifications Fender made to this *tribute* are right on the money. It is not a Princeton SF reissue. It just sounds super good with single coils or humbuckers; a more full-bodied beefier tone. Yes, it loses clean headroom after 4.5 on volume; if thats a problem, then buy the 68 Custom Dlx or Twin. If you appreciate the volume threshold of 12 watts, then get this (you can gig with this amp in a moderate volume small room club). The beauty of the 12 watt output is the amp doesn't get any louder after 5, just incrementally overdriven. It cleans up well when you roll back volume on guitar. I A/B'd this with my 12 watt Tweed clone and was pleased that both amps behaved very similarly in gigging conditions i.e. if you want a cleaner tone and use pedal for drive run it at 3.5 - 4.5 on volume. If you want a more driven tone out the door, run it at 6+.
Mark Engel owns this item
I do not own this amp yet. This WILL BE my next purchase!
I played an American Special Telecaster with this amp at the local music store. I really love the sound! It was fatter & more rounded than my '65 Princeton "reissue".
The amp started to break-up nicely with the volume control on 5.
I CAN'T wait to own one. I feel my U.S. 52 Vintage Series Telecaster, 72 U.S. Vintage Series Telecaster Thinline, & U.S. 60th Annversary Telecaster will sound great with this amp!!
Very nice clean sounding amp!
Of the many tube amps I've owned, the Silver Face '72 Princeton reverb sits in my memory as the best all-around tone package for me. I sold that years ago. I was happy when Fender re-issued the Blackface '65 Deluxe Reverb, which I also own, and then ended up modifying to smooth out it's tone. I have been looking to buy a Re-issue '65 Princeton Reverb, but I've been a little wary about some of the reviews I've read and thought if I bought one I would have to modify it as well. Then very recently I read about these new '68 Custom PRs. Everyone knows how Leo and George did field work when introducing new guitars and amps back so many years ago. It seems Fender continues that with this amp. I feel like Fender have created a product that is based on the best modifications players have done over the years. Do some listening on Youtube. Read about the specifications here on the Fender site, and compare that with the Princeton Reverb modifications you can read about on the web.
Sounds great out of the box.
1. Speaker, Celestion Ten 30. I think Fender chose a good speaker for this '68 PR. It does tighten up the mids a bit, without giving up the original Princeton tone. The Celestion will go flabby at high volumes, say above 5 on the dial, but not as bad as the original Jensens. I won't be changing this speaker for a 'better' one anytime soon.
2. Reverb. Classic, multi-dimensional, drippy, wet, surfy. It's all there.
3. Tremolo. Classic, musical, real. All there.
4. The tone circuit. Better midrange tones, better breakup than the original PR. Retains the classic PR clean tone. Musical with lots of pickup types. Personal favorite is an alnico neck humbucker in bridge position, and Kent Armstrong alnico lipstick pickups in the middle and neck positions.
If you like tone, you'll love this amp. It's like Christmas morning and it's a keeper. Good job Fender!
Phelps owns this item
Saw this at my local store today and played one chord and I knew I had found my amp. I had the 65 reissue which is excellent but this version is different; It is similar to the 65 in tone but there is more mid to mid upper range available and it has more sparkle. Looks great and sounds fantastic.
I bought it for low volume home practice but get loud if desired. Reverb is very sweet. Great little amp.
RobLess owns this item
|Model Name:||’68 Custom Princeton Reverb®, 120V|
|Controls:||Volume, Treble, Bass, Reverb, Speed, Intensity|
|Inputs:||Two - (1/4", Input 2 is at -6dB)|
|Speaker Jack:||Two 1/4" Parallel|
|Rectifier:||Tube (1 x 5AR4)|
|Pilot Light Jewel:||Blue Jewel|
|Handle:||Molded Plastic Strap with Nickel-Plated Caps|
|Front Panel:||Silverface™ Style|
|Grill Cover:||Black Textured Vinyl Covering with Silver-Turquiose Grille Cloth|
|Amplifier Depth:||9.5" (24.13 cm)|
|Amplifier Width:||19.875" (50.5 cm)|
|Amplifier Height:||16" (40.6 cm)|
|Amplifier Weight:||34 lbs. (15.7 kg)|
|Speaker:||One - 10” Celestion® TEN 30|
|Pre Amp Tubes:||Groove Tubes® - (3 x 12AX7), (1 x 12AT7)|
|Power Tubes:||Groove Tubes® - (2 x 6V6)|
|Unique Features:||Modified Princeton Reverb circuit with all-tube circuitry, hand-wired tube sockets, custom-made Schumacher transformers (like the originals), genuine Fender tube-driven spring reverb, genuine Fender tube-driven tremolo (“vibrato”), 1968-style Silverface aluminum trim around silver-turquoise grille cloth, five-year warranty (United States and Canada; other territories may vary).|
|FootSwitch:||2-Button Footswitch Included|
|Knobs:||Vintage-Style Skirted Black Plastic|
|Cover:||Fitted Cover Included|
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