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Fender Princeton 5F2 Tube Amplifier (1957)

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Fender  Princeton 5F2 Tube Amplifier (1957)

Fender Princeton 5F2 Model Tube Amplifier (1957), made in Fullerton, California, serial # P-01559, tweed fabric covering finish.
 
Height is 17 in. (43.2 cm.), 18 in. (45.7 cm.) width, and 9 in. (22.9 cm.) in depth at deepest point.

This is a cool example of an early 1957 big-box Princeton, which by this point had grown into a much larger unit than its earlier ancestors. The tube chart code is "GC", indicating assembly in March that year, wired up by Lilly whose masking tape signature still resides in the chassis. This amp features an 8" speaker and three-tube layout (5Y3,6V6,12AX7) in a more spacious cabinet than earlier models, making for a sweetly overdriven airier tone that can get very raucous when pushed.

Externally the tweed covering on this amp is a bit scruffy, but internally it is still very nicely preserved, and the chrome control plate is cleaner than many with the graphics largely intact. It has been recently serviced with a new 3-prong cord and some light cap work. The speaker is a recent Weber Classic Alnico 8" that allows more cranking of the volume than most similar period speakers and this is a very hot little amp when the twin chicken heads are rolled up. Very Good + Condition.

Prices subject to change without notice.
 
Item # 8570
 
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