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Fender 65 Princeton Reverb 15W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp

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Revel in its classic tube tone and waves of vintage 'verb!

The Fender '65 Princeton Reverb Amp is an authentic all-tube reproduction of the original classic! The Princeton Reverb amplifier delivers 15W through one 10" Jensen Special Design speaker. This single-channel amplifier favorite has 2 inputs, reverb and vibrato effects with an included footswitch, and control knobs for Treble, Bass, Reverb, Speed, and Intensity. The tube complement consists of a trio of 12AX7s, a 12AT7, dual Groove Tubes 6V6s, and a single 5AR4 rectifier tube. The Fender Priceton Reverb combo is covered with tough vinyl, and Fender ships the reverb amp with a vinyl dust cover.

FEATURES
  • Made in USA
  • Amp Type: Vintage Reissue Series Tube Amp
  • Output: 15 watts into 8 ohms
  • Tubes: 3 x 12AX7, 1 x 12AT7, 2 x Groove Tubes 6V6, 1 x 5AR4 rectifier tube
  • Speaker: 1-10" Jensen Special Design C-10R
  • Channel: 1 channel (2 inputs)
  • Controls: Volume, Treble, Bass, Reverb, Speed, Intensity
  • Effects: Reverb, Vibrato
  • Covering: Black textured vinyl

You don't have to wait any longer for genuine tube sound. Make your move today.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Weight: 34 lbs.
  • Dimensions: 19-7/8"W x 16"H x 9-1/2"D
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Fender65 Princeton Reverb 15W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.4

(based on 49 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (34)

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    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

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    (2)

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    (4)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (19)
  • Easy to use (17)
  • Portable (16)
  • Warm / comfy (16)
  • Good power output (7)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (15)
  • Home studio (14)
  • Professional recording (8)
  • Amateur recording (6)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (16), Professional musician (5)

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Great amp

Great amp but a little high in price. The video on this page describes incorrectly that the amp has a pair of 6L6 power tubes but in fact has 2 6V6 power tubes. 6L6...Read complete review

Great amp but a little high in price. The video on this page describes incorrectly that the amp has a pair of 6L6 power tubes but in fact has 2 6V6 power tubes. 6L6 tubes are used in higher powered Fender amps of 40 watts and above. My Princeton has a retrofitted 12 inch Eminence 1258 speaker. it sounds almost exactly like my 65 Deluxe Reverb and nearly as loud.

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almost (but definitely not!) good

what a bummer!this amp is a tease and a failure. the sound is very nice with the vol up to about 3. then it sounds just like a sweet princeton reverb. (i...Read complete review

what a bummer!this amp is a tease and a failure. the sound is very nice with the vol up to about 3. then it sounds just like a sweet princeton reverb. (i know because i had an original. pr's are one of the best sounding most highly sought-after amps of all time.) but put volume on 5 where it should give nice break-up, and this amp sounds terrible! there is a horrible ratty noise. many people say they eliminated this bad sound with a baffle change-don't believe it. plus why spend $900 on a new amp and then have to repair it? the amp made the same horrible noise when i plugged it into other good spkr cabs. i connected it to 2 of my mesas with the same result, so IT'S NOT THE CAB NOR BAFFLE!fender came close to a home run but totally blew it!what a shame. for a few hundred more u can get a real pr used. it's worth it. this is bad!

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(17 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fender '65 Princeton Reverb Reissue

By Donny B. Good

from South Carolina

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Fender 65 Princeton Reverb 15W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    It's hard to believe that I have been playing guitar for 50 years. It's true. Rock and Roll, mainly, and always a just a hobbiest. Never wanted to make a living doing it, although I did fantasize about it from time to time. I am no virtuoso. Never have been. I just love to play well. I would rate myself as pretty dang good. Better than many. But, there are many great guitar players. Over the years, I have had many guitars. Because I didn't play professionally, I never had a real need for many amps. I have had a few, though. Big amps. More power and speakers than necessary. We played rock and roll through big amps. Now, I am 60 years old. Still rockin' and rollin'-always will-, but suffering from the usual side effects- ringing ears and a really sore back. Can't do much about the ringing ears. Memo to self- wear earplugs. As for my aching back, it just made sense to unload the heavy stuff. It was sensible and necessary. I couldn't hardly lift the darn stuff anymore. I recently parted with my 9.5 lb Les Paul and my 2 x 12, 60 watt boutique tube amp. Both monsters. I loved them. For the good times. Which brings me to my point here. I bought a Fender '65 Princeton re-issue. I can pick it up! Musician's Friend was great and the purchase went smoothly. The amp is a little treasure. Great sounds come out of it. It can be soft or it can get loud. It can be clean or it can be raunchy. It handles all genres of music with excellent tone. I wish it had a standby switch- my only complaint. Not a large problem. The reverb and vibrato are more than adequate. Pedals sound perfectly fine coming through. Not sure who started that rumor that pedals sound better through the '68. The 10 inch Jensen speaker has a vintage sound in the '65, which was one of the main reasons that I chose it. And hey, when they call me to play the Beacon Theater, I won't worry about bringing a small amp. I'll mic it! Thank you, Fender, for accommodating me as I closely approach advanced age. And my ears and my back thank you, as well.

    (16 of 114 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Princeton Recording Amp

    By Glenn Gorrie

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Fender 65 Princeton Reverb 15W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    Bought one of these 3 years ago and have no major issues yet but keep reading horror stories on the WWW about failing units and the Antenuator control. Just waiting for mine to bust too!

    Fender doesn't appear to test their new gear sufficiently - IT BUMS ME TO PAY $1000 for an amp that is soon discontinued when the product SHOULD HAVE BEEN RECALLED ....... BECAUSE IT IS DEFECTIVE !!!!!!!

    When are you going to GET IT, FENDER? My next amp will NOT be one of yours.

    (11 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    almost (but definitely not!) good

    By fenderdude-QYRWe

    from nj

    Comments about Fender 65 Princeton Reverb 15W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    what a bummer!this amp is a tease and a failure. the sound is very nice with the vol up to about 3. then it sounds just like a sweet princeton reverb. (i know because i had an original. pr's are one of the best sounding most highly sought-after amps of all time.) but put volume on 5 where it should give nice break-up, and this amp sounds terrible! there is a horrible ratty noise. many people say they eliminated this bad sound with a baffle change-don't believe it. plus why spend $900 on a new amp and then have to repair it? the amp made the same horrible noise when i plugged it into other good spkr cabs. i connected it to 2 of my mesas with the same result, so IT'S NOT THE CAB NOR BAFFLE!fender came close to a home run but totally blew it!what a shame. for a few hundred more u can get a real pr used. it's worth it. this is bad!

    (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Beautiful Tone, but Flawed Design

    By Vince-xAJfb

    from NY

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    Comments about Fender 65 Princeton Reverb 15W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    Mine buzzes and rattles. So many of them do that people just end up accepting it, it seems. I had to install the infamous piece of angle iron above the speaker and that was about 80% effective. I really hate having to troubleshoot, fix and modify new gear, especially overpirced gear like this. It's not like it's hand wired with gold filled tubes and a boutique speaker. It's a low-grade construction and materials studio amp that isn't up to snuff for the studio. How can it be worth $900 for a 15 watt tube amp? I wouldn't buy this again unless it was perfect out of the box and about $499. When it's not buzzing and farting at higher volumes, it sounds absolutely beautiful and it's a cute little box. But man, it's not $900 + tax beautiful.

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great amp

    By Jim K.

    from Nashville-Music City USA

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    Pros

    • Excellent Sound
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Fender 65 Princeton Reverb 15W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      Great amp but a little high in price. The video on this page describes incorrectly that the amp has a pair of 6L6 power tubes but in fact has 2 6V6 power tubes. 6L6 tubes are used in higher powered Fender amps of 40 watts and above. My Princeton has a retrofitted 12 inch Eminence 1258 speaker. it sounds almost exactly like my 65 Deluxe Reverb and nearly as loud.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Simply Superior Sonic Sensations

      By Donny B. Good

      from South Carolina

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Fender 65 Princeton Reverb 15W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        Crisp, clear, punchy and tight tones emanate from this legendary amplifier and its Jensen speaker. It doesn't matter whether your guitar features single coil or humbucker pickups, this amp makes your guitar sound great! The reverb and tremelo add a special bonus. Tweak the knobs on the amp, and on your guitar to create a myriad of classic tones. Its reputation is well deserved. It is not a high gain amp, but if you insist, it can be pushed with some extra volume or an overdrive pedal. But, honestly, it sounds great without a board full of pedals. I've just been plugging straight into the amp.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Fantastic Amp!!

        By srconroy

        from Music City USA, Nashvile

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Fender 65 Princeton Reverb 15W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          I did not buy this from MF but thought I'd leave a review anyway as I frequent this site for research and pricing. This is a fantastic amp, and it nails that classic Fender black face sound. It's warm and glassy, reverb and tremolo are spot on and WAY better than any pedal I own. I've had this amp for months and have not felt the need to upgrade speaker, tube, etc. though I probably will at some point just to see what other sounds I can get. Additionally, I've never had the baffling issues that other people have described. I'll admit Fender doesn't have the best quality control these days, maybe I just got a really good one. Anyway, I think a lot of the negative reviews or comments are from people expecting something that this amp can't deliver- it's not a metal amp, it's not a super high gain amp, it's a small amp that sounds best pushing out pure, clean tone. I use Sunrise pickups on my acoustics and they also sound great through this amp, that's one of the reasons I bought it. I've ran my Wurly and Nord through it too and the Nord Rhodes through this amp is classic.

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Very Impressed

          By Steelman69

          from Illinois

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Portable
          • Powerful
          • That Good Old Fender Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Fender 65 Princeton Reverb 15W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

              If your looking for that old Fender Blackface tone and can't afford an original and.... Oh yeah have a bad back like me, you will not be disappointed with this amp. I have an old 67 black face pro reverb, I've been using for 20 years, which I use for gigs. But I wanted something with similar tone and lighter weight to take to practice or to just jam with friends. I'm super happy with this Princeton. I'm using this amp with my guitar and also my Pedal Steel Guitar. I've read on forums of people getting this amp brand new and swapping out the speaker right away, but I see no need for that. Don't fix what's not broken. It sounds Great!

              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Princeton reverb

              By cogswell

              from detroit

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              Comments about Fender 65 Princeton Reverb 15W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

              Good black face tone as you would expect, the amp is a clean sounding amp with classic fender reverb and vibrato, those are the reasons to be buying this amp. Amp is loud for 15 watts, I usually use mine with a attunator for home use, especially with an overdrive pedal in from of it, seams perfectly designed for a strat and a tubescreamer, 2 inputs is nice a option, this amp is kind of like a 65 Deluxe reverbs little brother. The 10 inch speaker is a nice touch, a lot of bass and punchy, nice dynamics. I wish it have a switch to knock it down to 5 watts or something, that would be sweet. I play blues, country and some classic rock, this amp handles it all no problem, need a OD pedal to get dirty though, do not expect much tube saturation, the amp stays pertty clean even when cranked. The amps seems priced high in my opinon, I bought mine used for 600 at a local shop. Not sure I would pay full price for it, might get something else, a deluxe reverb is only a hundo more and you can find those used easily, you hardly will ever find one of these Princtons used, so when I did I snaged it. No regrets with this purchase, no QC problems or rattles in mine.

              (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Please fix the rattle

              By vQULDSRxi

              from New York, NY

              Comments about Fender 65 Princeton Reverb 15W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

              Overall this amp sounds excellent. I've been playing for many years and have had many amps, etc. and I really love the tone of this amp. The problem of course as everyone mentions is the baffle rattle. I received a warranty repair and had to wait 4 months to get my amp back. After a few weeks it started to do the same thing. The factory recommended fix did not help much so don't count on the Fender warranty. I ended up reinforcing the cab with aluminum and it is way better than factory and still no good. I will most likely have to end up buying a hand made cab that is built well to solve the problem eventually. Note: I play a 17" hollow body with the bass@10. This is the way it sounds best for me so if you have a strat and reinforce the cabinet with aluminum, it should be fine for a more brighter sounding guitar.

              (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              65 Princeton Reverb

              By BDS

              from Phoenix, AZ

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              Pros

              • Excellent Sound
              • Good Warmth
              • Portable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Fender 65 Princeton Reverb 15W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                I purchased my 65 Princeton Reverb from Musicians Friend a few weeks ago and I cannot stop playing it. The speaker still isn't broken in, but the tone is just superb. I play through Fender Strat & Tele, an ES-335, a Les Paul and an Epiphone Casino, and the PR shines with all of them. The tone is classic Fender blackface clean, and the amp breaks up beautifully at higher volumes. Don't let the 12 watts fool you, this amp is plenty LOUD for the jam room. Living room players will get nice tube saturation at lower volumes as well. Fender tube driven spring reverb and vibrato are rich as expected. I have not experienced any of the rattle that some of the earlier reissues were experiencing. I highly recommend the 65 Princeton Reverb.

                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                John

                By Community User

                from Wi

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                Comments about Fender 65 Princeton Reverb 15W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                I've owned this amp now for well over a year and it has been fantastic. Great for practice or a small gig. I was surprised at some of the negative reviews because everyone that has heard this comments on the nice sound.

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I'll keep this forever

                By Charlie

                from Delaware

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Good Warmth
                • Portable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Fender 65 Princeton Reverb 15W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                  This is a wonderfully articulate amp that is full of good tone. The treble and bass controls are more responsive than just about any other amp I've owned. This is the beautiful Fender clean that I've longed for- and its full of life at sane volumes. This amp takes dirt pedals very well so it can breathe fire too. I was between this and the DRRI and I decided that having the amp's sweet spot happen at less than ear splitting volume was more important than having the extra wattage. I haven't tried to play over a drummer, so I honestly can't comment on how it cuts through a live mix with the stock 10" speaker but it gets pretty loud. The fact that I don't play out as much these days was part of why I went with 15 watts instead of the 22 of the DRRI. I know the actual volume difference between 15 and 22 watts is nothing, but the dynamics of the amps at lower and mid volumes are different. Speaker preference is highly subjective but I honestly don't see a need to trade out the stock speaker at this time- it's well suited to the amp. I might feel differently if I was trying to get more headroom out of the amp. The reverb and trem are everything folks say they are- beautiful. This is the sound that I always wanted but could never get out of my old Blues Junior. Ive played for 35 years and been through my share of amplifiers and this one just does it for me.

                  (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  Problems with the Reverb

                  By atomicdog

                  from Petaluma CA

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                  Pros

                  • Good Warmth
                  • Portable
                  • Sweet Tone When It Works

                  Cons

                  • Only Works Half The Time

                  Best Uses

                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Fender 65 Princeton Reverb 15W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                  I agree with all the good things that have been said about this amp, sound wise, my complaint is that after three weeks the reverb unit started emitted this god-awful sound (like someone was banging on the spring) that when turned up creates a weird reverb-generated feedback. Color me disappointed that Fender can't build these better.

                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Best small tube amp for clean tone.

                  By j-jam

                  from Florida

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Good Warmth
                  • Portable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio

                    Comments about Fender 65 Princeton Reverb 15W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                    This amp is a great tube amplifier, the sound is amazing. It is perfect for home practice or for use in a small club. The tone on this amp is very clean and smooth, and can get pretty loud for 15 watts. The reverb and vibrato effects are great. If you are looking for a small tube amp with that warm clean tone of a vintage Fender amp, this is it!

                    (4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Ever so Sweet of an Amp

                    By Lombo

                    from Clearwater Florida

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                    Comments about Fender 65 Princeton Reverb 15W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                    This is a working mans amp....sweet all the tone you can ask for. The only thing that was done to mine was a tube upgrade in the power section and an ecc83 in V1 also the speaker was changed to a 12"Celestion greenback (had to route the baffle) then glue and screw it back in place. This amp rocks with its effects, I dime the volume knob and adjust my guitar volume don't need any other effect, just plug and play. This amp is a work horse. Its worth the investment. Go out and get one you will love it too!

                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Super Tonw Box!

                    By Kevin

                    from Worthington Ohio

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Excellent Sound
                    • Good Warmth
                    • Portable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances

                      Comments about Fender 65 Princeton Reverb 15W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                      Traded in a Michael Landau DeVille for the Fender Princeton '65 Reverb; so glad I did - this little gem of an amp suits me much better. Tone for days; hard to believe a single ten inch speaker can sound so good: warm, round and full. Great reverb and tremelo. Takes pedals well; I use a little delay and this amp sounds much larger than it is. Light enough to carry around without killing yourself (the DeVille was a beast). For studio work and small gigs the Princeton is hard to beat.

                      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Fender PRRI + Baffle Job = 5 star review

                      By kphilley

                      from Mississippi

                      Comments about Fender 65 Princeton Reverb 15W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                      Why Fender, have you not corrected the speaker baffle problems? Any volume past 5 and the board creates a horrible, muddy resonance with certain notes. There are fixes online but instead I built a whole new board from hardwood plywood. Cosmetically, you can?t tell anything was done to it, especially if you peel off the inspection sticker (that was erroneously signed off on) and apply it to the new board. If you don?t have a woodshop or know someone with the proper tools, you might want to return it for another and hope that it doesn?t do the same. I still don't understand why Fender refuses to spend the additional $1-2 per unit to use plywood rather than the medium-density fiberboard. After the fix, that delicious Fender tube tone is all I hear. This amp is loud for 15 watts, so if your main concern is lack of volume, don?t worry.

                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Favorite amp despite minor problems

                      By rickencaster

                      from CT

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                      Comments about Fender 65 Princeton Reverb 15W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                      If you play a Telecaster or Rickenbacker you need this amp. I have a DRRI and a Vox Ac-15 but favor the bright glassy sound of the Princeton.

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      I bought a second one. Any questions?

                      By PHutch

                      from North of Chicago

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                      Pros

                      • Fender at it's best

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Performances
                        • Rehearsals

                        Comments about Fender 65 Princeton Reverb 15W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                        I bought a second '65 PRRI so I can leave one where I'm rehearsing or playing and still have one in my car for gigs or jamming. This is simply a wonderful amp. If you love playing clean (and turned up) Fender tube amps, this is a must have in your arsenal. When a Deluxe Reverb is too much, this is perfect. Plug in and play.

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