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Fender "Woodie" Princeton Tube Amplifier (1946).

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Fender "Woodie" Princeton Model Tube Amplifier (1946), made in Fullerton, California, brown stain finish. One of the very earliest Fender products we have ever seen. This Fender student amp (soon christened the "Princeton") is a fascinating example of Leo's first products sold under his own name, built just after the end of the Fender/Doc Kauffman partnership. This small amp is very crude even by the standards of the day, and looks absolutely handmade. The cabinet is not dovetailed at the corners but held together with bent metal brackets screwed to the wood. The chassis is a single piece of bent metal; there are no controls (only two inputs) and the interior layout is amazingly haphazard looking. It's not hard to imagine Leo wiring these himself on the kitchen table; Fender was just moving beyond a one-man operation at the time! Very cool and loaded with mojo!Height is 12 1/2 in. (31.8 cm.), 11 3/4 in. (29.8 cm.) width, and 5 1/2 in. (14 cm.) deep. Some recapping, but overall a pretty original example of this nearly pre-histotic Fender amp! The fairly crude original cabinet finish has accumulated dirt, wear and dings but overall has a nice patina. The exposed chassis (which is a plain untreated piece of sheet metal bent to shape) has typical corrosion. Fabric is original and fairly well preserved front and beck, the decorative metal strips on the grille are fairly clean. Not a super clean amp, but nice working (and good-sounding!) example of the one-celled animal of Fender amplifier evolution! Very Good + Condition.

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