Fender Princeton 12-Watt Vintage Blackface Guitar Combo Amp


The Blackface Fender Princeton Amp ("non-Reverb") is a highly sought-after vintage guitar combo, perfect for small clubs and recording studios. With built-in tremolo/vibrato circuit and 12 watts pushing a 10" speaker, the Princeton was something of a middle-ground between the smaller Vibro Champ and the bigger Deluxe Amp. The earliest Blackface Princetons have a couple anomalies -- the "tuxedo" cosmetics from using leftover Brownface parts and a simpler Tone circuit. By the fall of '64, the more common Blackface-era cosmetics (numbers on the knobs, not the faceplate) came about and the circuit was revised to have separate controls for Bass and Treble.

Product Specs

  • Princeton
  • Blackface
  • 1963 - 1966
Made In
  • United States

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Reviews for the Fender Princeton 12-Watt Vintage Blackface Guitar Combo Amp
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  • 1963 Fender Princeton Tuxedo Model

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    This is a great little recording amp, with a lovely round tone that is surprising for the speaker size and able to give nice clean bright rythmn sounds and pretty decent subtle blues lead sound when turned further up. This one is pretty early and in lovely condition so a nice collection piece too.;

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  • 1966 Princeton amp

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    I had a 65 AA964 Princeton in 1966 when I was 11. It served me well until I left it home when I moved out. No idea what happened to it. I just replaced it with an original 66 Princeton. Same great clean sound and the same phenomenal crunchy sound at high levels. If you play a Les Paul or a Strat you…

  • 6g2 - truly stunning amp

    I have three vintage Princetons, each amazing, and quite different from each other. The 5f2a is the perfect single stroke guitar amp - just plug it into a 12" and you will hear its glory - the most beautiful soft distortion and crunch in the world. It doesn't really clean up, but who cares? The …

  • The Gibson Princeton!

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    I have several vintage Fender Princeton Reverbs and I recently added an original 1965 Non Reverb Princeton Amp with a matching blackface 1965 Fender Reverb Unit. I have always preferred Princeton’s with a Telecaster but what I can tell you about the Non Reverb model is that it sounds out of this wor…

  • 1966 Fender Blackface Princeton AA964

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    This is a highly underrated amp. While the amp lacks the additional gain stage of the Princeton Reverb and doesn't overdrive as readily that does not detract from it's core tone. This amp has what I consider the pinnacle of Blackface tone. Sweet chime in the treble and a tight, punchy bass response.…