Fender '68 Custom Princeton Reverb 12-watt 1x10" Tube Combo Amp

12-watt 1-channel All-tube 1x10" Guitar Combo Amplifier with Celestion Speaker, Tube Reverb and Vibrato - Black
Fender \'68 Custom Princeton Reverb 12-watt 1x10
Fender \'68 Custom Princeton Reverb 12-watt 1x10
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A Classic "Silverface" Amplifier Returns

The '68 Custom Princeton Reverb all-tube combo amp embodies everything you love about classic '60s Fender amplifiers with a slight twist. Its all-tube circuitry, handwired tube sockets, and custom-made Schumacher transformers make this one of the most accurate historical tribute amps ever made. But Fender went further by reducing the negative feedback for an amp that overdrives faster and has increased touch sensitivity. It houses a 10" Celestion speaker for a distinct rock 'n' roll vibe. Fender's '68 Custom Princeton Reverb gives you tons of vintage vibe with a hot-rodded punch!

Fender '68 Custom Princeton Reverb All-tube Combo Amplifier at a Glance:
  • Classic looks and design
  • Hot-rodded sound and response
  • A legendary Fender guitar amplifier
Classic looks and design

Fender created the all-tube '68 Custom Princeton Reverb combo amp as a tribute to the late-'60s Silverface amps. It's dressed up with the same style of faceplate and silver-turquoise grille cloth with aluminum trim. From the handwired tube sockets to the vintage-spec Schumacher transformers, the Fender '68 Custom Princeton Reverb delivers the vintage-vibed tone and feel you would expect.

Hot-rodded sound and response

The '68 Custom Princeton Reverb isn't a reissue - it's a hot-rodded tribute amp. Fender designed this all-tube combo amp with a modified tone circuit that delivers greater tonal flexibility when used with your favorite effects pedals. They also reduced the amp's negative feedback to give it increased touch sensitivity, and it also starts to overdrive faster. The Fender '68 Custom Princeton Reverb has a single 10" Celestion speaker that gives it a definite rock 'n' roll flair.

A legendary Fender guitar amplifier

The legendary Fender Princeton Reverb amp of the '60s was small, light, and moderately-powered. Though intended for practice situations, the Princeton was capable of big tube tone, and Fender's world-class reverb and vibrato effects were the icing on the cake. From its inception 'til today, countless guitarists have chosen it as their go-to studio amp, crafting signature sounds with a stompbox or two feeding a simple miked-up Princeton. Today, original Princeton Reverb amps are prized collectibles, and becoming harder to find. The new '68 Custom Princeton Reverb offers today's players all of the great tone and dynamics of the original with a hot-rodded twist. The robust 12-watt combo amp is a wise choice for creating tube tone in a small space, and even provides enough output for small gigs and rehearsals.

Fender '68 Custom Princeton Reverb All-tube Combo Amplifier Features:
  • Late-'60s tribute amp with a hot-rodded vintage vibe
  • Modified tone circuit offers greater tonal versatility when used with pedals
  • Custom-made Schumacher transformers
  • Reduced negative feedback increases touch sensitivity and overdrives faster
  • 1 x 10" Celestion speaker delivers a rock 'n' roll flavor
  • Tube-driven reverb and vibrato circuits
  • Silverface cosmetics
  • 6V6 power tubes
  • Includes 2-button footswitch and a fitted cover
Get hot-rodded vintage vibe with the Fender '68 Custom Princeton Reverb combo amp!

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Tech Specs

Type Tube
Number of Channels 1
Total Power 12W
Speaker Size 1 x 10"
Effects Yes (Vibrato)
Reverb Yes
EQ 2-band
Preamp Tubes 3 x 12AX7, 1 x 12AT7
Power Tubes 2 x 6V6
Inputs 2 x TS
Footswitch I/O Yes
Height 16"
Width 19.875"
Depth 9.5"
Weight 34 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 2272000000

Customer Reviews

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5/5

Very Suprised

This amp arrived this morning and I have a couple hours on it. Many say its an overly warm amp, others say very bright. Both are true but it also has everything in between. This amp can go either way depending on where you want to dial it in at. First impressions, excellent build physically. Lots of tonal options within the dials from warm and jazzy to crunchy blues and rock. Easy to see why this amp circuit has been used on many recordings. Classic sounding straight thru. My sweet spot so far is volume at 5 and use the guitar volume to dial the rest of the way, really opens the amp up IMO. Was not sure how I would like the stock celestion 10" but I feel it is an excellent stock fit. Could go different directions but I want to break it in stock first. Very touch sensitive amp, every bit as sensitive as my Morgan. This would make an excellent amp for anyones collection. Reverb is strong stock just like all other fender amps, from surf to soft and gentle its a good stock reverb IMO. Vibrato no matter where you like to set it at gives it the glaze. I would recommend this amp to anyone from stage to studio to home. Thank you Sweetwater. Excellent service as always.
Music background: I love playing!
5/5

Beyond Satisfied

What a great amp. It sounds amazing!!! Great tone, rich reverb and vibrato and takes pedals as advertised. I will use this for practice sessions and small venues. I may now consider the '68 Deluxe Reverb for larger venues. The '68 Twin may be a little overkill for me, but I am sure that it's amazing too. I was disappointed with a recent Fender Hot Rod Deluxe and Supersonic 22 that Sweetwater took back with no problem, but this new family or products seems to be what you'd expect from Fender.
Music background: Semi pro guitarist, Church worship leader.
5/5

Fender nailed it with these

When I saw this, I tripped over myself to order it from Sweetwater. Fender video is very accurate depiction. It is not a SF Princeton reissue, nor is it same as '65 PRRI. Fender's tweaks-modifications make this amp highly useable right out of box - it provides a more full-bodied beefier tone and works like a charm with pedals. This 12 watt amp loses clean headroom after 4.5 volume, but the amp does not get louder after 5, just incrementally more overdriven. This is a good thing for players who appreciate a 12 watt volume threshold; the amp is solidly giggable in a moderate volume small room/club setting. If you need more clean headroom, look at the '68 DR or Twin. I A/B'd with my 12w Tweed Dlx, and the '68 Princeton behaves very similarly - for cleaner tone and using pedals set at 3.5 - 4.5; for more cranked tone out the door, set at 6+. I own and play various boutique amps, and a Blues Jr., and used to own Blues Deville and '65 DRRI. The '68 Custom Princeton is instantly amongst the most "go to" usable amps I have, just leapfrogged over a couple others, and just hits the spot. Oh another bonus, the #2 input (-6db) sounds really good also - nice for in the house). I play mostly old school rock 'n roll, blues, country, alternative.
5/5

i'd buy it again

Received my 68 Custom Princeton Reverb about 2 weeks ago. Still honeymooning. Love this silverface look. Sounds as good as it looks. Pure, true Fender rev and trem. Nice (not squeaky, tinny or thin) clean tone up until about 4-5 when it starts to breakup (thick, not buzzy, not overpowering). Luv the natural breakup before it gets to "call the police" volume. There are tube swaps you can do if you need more headroom. If you STILL need more consider a 22w, 2 channel '68 Custom Deluxe Reverb for an extra $150 instead. If only they made that Custom Deluxe in a 2x10…hint, hint Fender.
Music background: Hobbyist, weekend warrior
5/5

Perfect Studio Amp

This is a great little amp for recording/studio use - Especially if your looking for a great clean, blues, classic Fender sound. This little amp will make your Strat and Tele's come to life. This is the real deal Fender. I think the 6v6 power tubes are smoother than the EL84s often seen in small amps. I have a Fender Blues Jr. that cant touch the tone and attack/feel of this Princeton. Spend a little more and get the Princeton - well worth it! Only down side is the amp is too small for most gigs (unless of course you mic it). For studio use I disconnected the speaker input and Im running the "head" to an isolated mic'd Scagg Brothers Blues Jr. ext cab with a Ted Webber 12" speaker...sounds glorious and more open than the 10 inch celestion. The amp is light and compact - easy to get a good sound. If your primary goal is an amp to gig the clubs with, opt for the Custom Deluxe reverb. I wont gig with the princeton - the hoe/studio is where this one shines. Enjoy!
Music background: Hobbyist/Gigging Musician

Sweetwater Advice

Fender '68 Custom Princeton Reverb

The Custom '68 Princeton Reverb is a great amp. It's not a down-to-the-letter vintage replica, but for some players it may prove more versatile than an original. Yes, some gigging players need a little more volume than the Princeton can deliver. But anyone seeking that classic sparkly Fender tone at a less-than-boutique price needs to check out the '68....
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