Fender product dating
Attesting to Leo Fender’s engineering genius, Blackface Fenders are legendary for their rock-solid reliability.Built like a proverbial tank, these 50-plus-year-old amps will be rocking way into the future.Beginning in late 1963 and continuing into mid-1964, Fender used up remaining old “Tweed style” Champ chassis and cabinets, but with Blackface cosmetics; Leo Fender was famously known as a skinflint when it came to minimizing production costs.After all, he was the guy who reused his styrofoam cup for coffee.Blackface amps were immediately popular upon release and used on numerous famous recordings.They continue to be a backline and recording mainstay of musicians who seek a great, chimey Fender clean and, when pushed, a classic overdriven tone.
All of these amps put out about 4 watts and had a single 8” speaker.
Small, light and, like all Blackface Fenders, built like a tank, Princetons are a favorite of many guitarists (and harp players) for studio and live use.
Mic’d, they can be used even in medium to large venues.
The Princeton Reverb, on the other hand, has an extra 12AX7 preamp tube which gives it a more overdriven sound when the volume is pushed.
Tech Specs: Moving up to one 12” speaker and about 20 watts with up both reverb and non-reverb models, the Deluxe amp is like a Princeton on steroids.