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Fender ’65 Princeton Reverb (Black) – Guitar of the Day

It’s been quite a while since we featured a guitar amp here, so it’s about time we rectified that situation with a very cool reissue – more specifically, the Fender ’65 Princeton Reverb Reissue, one of the most revered studio amps of all time! First introduced in 1946 without an official model name, this was one of a trio of amps that K&F (Kauffmann & Fender) originally released at the height of the Hawaiian and Western Swing era. The “K” in K&F stood for Clayton “Doc” Kauffman, and although the future certainly looked bright for the new company, Kauffman was a cautious man, and decided the music industry wasn’t for him. With his departure, Leo Fender was left with four employees, a promising business, and high expectations. Thus Fender Electric Instrument Co. was born. One of the three amps was a wooden-boxed 1×8″ model with no controls! That’s right, no tone, not even a volume control. The thinking was that steel guitars plugged into the amp could use their onboard volume controls, thus keeping the circuitry simple and prices low. But by 1948, the amp that would eventually become the Princeton Reverb gained both a tone and volume control, and by 1953, the amp finally got its official name, which has survived 50+ years of changes.

At some point in 1964, the Princeton Reverb was given the now-famous black Tolex covering and a black control panel with proper volume, bass, and treble controls, plus the popular complement of tremolo and reverb controls. The first full year of production was 1965, which is why Fender chose this as the perfect year for a reissue. With 15 watts of tube power being pumped into a single 10-inch speaker, guitarists could crank the amp up high for a fluid overdrive, but without fear of high volume levels damaging their hearing. This was the smallest Fender amp musicians could buy that included the sweet-sounding tremolo and cavernous spring reverb (using the same Accusonics tank the company installed in their most expensive combo models, including the top-of-the-line Twin Reverb). Best of all, this great-sounding amp – a mere 34 pounds – was light enough to carry almost anywhere. Comparing this reissue to a original ’65 Princeton reveals just how perfectly Fender did their homework. An amp cover is included, as is free FedEx shipping right to your door!

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