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Fender '68 Custom Princeton Reverb 12W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion Ten 30 Speaker  Black 

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1968 was a transitional year for Fender amps with tone that was still pure Fender but a look that was brand new. With a silver-and-turquoise front pa...Click To Read More About This Product

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Compact, light and sufficiently powered.

1968 was a transitional year for Fender amps with tone that was still pure Fender but a look that was brand new. With a silver-and-turquoise front panel and classy aluminum "drip edge" grille cloth trim, the Princeton Reverb received a fresh new face as it remained the perfect recording and gigging amp. Small, light and moderately powered, it produced big tube tone, with world-class Fender reverb and vibrato effects. For countless guitarists ever since, the Princeton Reverb has been the go-to amp for classic Fender sound.

The '68 Custom Princeton Reverb Amp pays tribute to the classic look, sound and performance of Fender's late-'60s "silverface" amps. In a special twist, a modified tone circuit gives modern players greater tonal flexibility with pedals, and the amp's reduced negative feedback gives greater touch sensitivity and quicker onset of overdrive. The '68 Custom Princeton Reverb's single 10" Celestion TEN 30 speaker also delivers a more distinctively rock ˜n' roll flavor.

Comes equipped with Celestion Speakers (30-Watt speakers) for a more modern, punchy sound that breaks up nicely when pushed. It features reduced negative feedback for a more "touch-sensitive" feel, quicker break up and added harmonic richness.The 68 channels are wired in phase and can be blended for more tonal options, via A/B/Y box. "Custom" channel features a 50s Tweed "Bassman" tone circuit for more low mids and sooner breakup. ˜65 Reissues have the same "Blackface" tone circuit on both sides. The 68 Princeton Reverb has only one channel so it features the "bassman" tone circuit.

Who's it for: Players that love their amps to break up a little sooner, rock players, alternative players that like something a little different, players that use pedals, and players that love the look of "Silverface" amps.

FEATURES
  • 12 watts of all-tube power
  • Single channel with reverb and tremolo
  • Modified tone circuit and reduced negative feedback

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SPECIFICATIONS

'68 Custom Princeton Reverb 12W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion Ten 30 Speaker

  • Electronics
    Controls: Volume, Treble, Bass, Reverb, Speed, Intensity
    Voltage: 120V
    Wattage: 12 watts
    Inputs: Two - (1/4", Input 2 is at -6dB)
    Speaker Jack: Two 1/4" Parallel
    Channels: One
    Rectifier: Tube (1 x 5AR4)
    Hardware
    Pilot Light Jewel: Blue Jewel
    Handle: Molded Plastic Strap with Nickel-Plated Caps
    Front Panel: Silverface Style
    Grill Cover: Black Textured Vinyl Covering with Silver-Turquiose Grille Cloth
    Amplifier Depth: 9.5" (24.13cm)
    Amplifier Width: 19.875" (50.5cm)
    Amplifier Height: 16" (40.6cm)
    Amplifier Weight: 34lb. (15.7kg)
    Effects: Reverb, Vibrato
    Speakers
    Speaker: One - 10" Celestion TEN 30
    Impedance: 8 ohms
    Tubes
    Pre Amp Tubes: Groove Tubes - (3 x 12AX7), (1 x 12AT7)
    Power Tubes: Groove Tubes - (2 x 6V6)
    Miscellaneous
    Unique Features: Modified Princeton Reverb circuit with all-tube circuitry, hand-wired tube sockets, custom-made Schumacher transformers (like the originals), genuine Fender tube-driven spring reverb, genuine Fender tube-driven tremolo ("vibrato"), 1968-style Silverface aluminum trim around silver-turquoise grille cloth.
    Accessories
    FootSwitch: 2-Button Footswitch Included
    Knobs: Vintage-Style Skirted Black Plastic
    Cover: Fitted Cover Included
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Fender'68 Custom Princeton Reverb 12W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion Ten 30 Speaker
 
4.2

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (10)
  • Easy to use (9)
  • Portable (9)
  • Warm / comfy (7)
  • Good power output (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (11)
  • Performances (7)
  • Amateur recording (6)
  • Professional recording (5)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Love my 68 Princeton

1968 was the year I became a teen and believe me things are a lot different today ,but The 68 fender amps and guitars were cool then and are still cool now. I have...Read complete review

1968 was the year I became a teen and believe me things are a lot different today ,but The 68 fender amps and guitars were cool then and are still cool now. I have a line 6 and will still be plugging it in from time to time because of all the different effects . But this Princeton is just what I wanted. Not to big and heavy but not to small either. Don't let this amp fool you it is load and the 10 inch speaker sounds very good. At first when I played it the first time I was thinking to myself this is nothing like my line 6 but then I realized I didn't need all those effects . I just set it on 2 and it was loud. then you realize the great deep tube sound and the only thing you have to do is operate the pup switch and volume - tone controls on your guitar. I look forward to playing with this great tube heaven sounding amplifier . I like the way it takes time to warm up and the ultra cool look it has with the blue-green light and late 60s styling. I love this little guy . Even though I am not the greatest player this thing makes me sound great . I got the open box and I bet if you call up MF you can even get a little more off. I think by this time next year I may want another vintage reissue Fender tube amplifier because it gave me the same feeling I had with my first fender in 68 and would love to experience it again LOL !

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

'68 Big Disappointment

What a disappointment. I tried 3 guitar/pickup setups; a USA Stratocaster SSS, SG Classic P90 & Les Paul w/ 57 Classics. Surprisingly, the single coils in the Strat and SG...Read complete review

What a disappointment. I tried 3 guitar/pickup setups; a USA Stratocaster SSS, SG Classic P90 & Les Paul w/ 57 Classics. Surprisingly, the single coils in the Strat and SG produced muddy, unpleasant distortion more than they produced usable tone. The HB pickups on the Les Paul had the most articulate sound of the 3 axes. But turn the amp above 4 and all you get is the aforementioned muddy distortion. And the bass! You can leave the bass knob on zero, and it's still too much bass. This amp IMHO doesn't really sound much like a Fender amp. Nothing there I liked, so it went back to MF. In all fairness, it sounded pretty good for harmonica.

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4.0

Great sounding amp.

By Steve

from Raleigh NC

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Pros

  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio

    Comments about Fender '68 Custom Princeton Reverb 12W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion Ten 30 Speaker:

    Great tube tone and touch response. it is a little heavy on the bass, so i just keep the bass on one or two and treble on six. the rest i get through the tone controls on my guitars. great tremolo and spring reverb. Even though i got this one on sale with 17% off regular price.I would still buy it at regular price if I was in the market for one.

     
    5.0

    a great solid amp

    By Reverbo-Man

    from Princeton

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Fender '68 Custom Princeton Reverb 12W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion Ten 30 Speaker:

      wow, this amp sounds great. the first thing you notice is, how darn quiet it runs....for a tube amp it is ridiculously quiet. The tone is the Great Fender sound, in spades.

      This removing the negative feedback loop thing that Fender did on this amp really gives this amp some front end kick. the only down thing i found, is that the reverb is not near as strong as on the original amp . i assume it has something to do with the mods to the circuit....

      it has good reverb but you cant get the giant surf tone, which i like sometime...or the giant Slim Harpo guitar reverb sound...but that is a small issue for me., as i have pedals that give me the sound i want anyway, so i turn the reverb on the amp to zero....the amp sounds so darn good, i mean it sounds GREAT,

      for pedals i use a Boss NS-2 noise suppressor, a Boss CS-3 compressor, a Plimsoul overdrive, a Boss Fender '63 Reverb pedal and a MXR Carbon Cppy echo set on slapback....jeeepers what a sound..!..with an old Red James Burton Telecaster, this rig is too cool...

      if you are only going to play at home or late at night like i do, then the stock speaker will sound fine, i see no need to replace it, if you play with volume on 10 then maybe the G10 Celestion would be the ticket...... but with the stock speaker, it definitely sounds like an old Fender amp at lower volume...i never have cranked it to 10, so i have no comment there......the tremolo is divine...

      i got my amp at a huge discount from MF as it had a little dents in he silver instrument panel....big deal..!...i saved a ton on a great amp, and got cashback applied on top of that.!

      bottom line, if you just play at low levels at home or on Saturday when the wife goes to the beauty shop, this amp will definitely please you and and will require no extra cost to upgrade it...

      this is the heaviest Fender amp that i can carry and i am very happy with it, but i did get a small dollie with wheels that i sit the amp on so i can move it around with my foot..

       
      4.0

      Better then the original

      By Steve

      from NYC

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Portable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

        Comments about Fender '68 Custom Princeton Reverb 12W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion Ten 30 Speaker:

        When I was 16 1978 my friends father had this thing sitting in the basement and I hated it... At that time to me it was a very boring amp to play though. This version is much better! What a difference a the right speaker makes...

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Amp for a True Guitarist

        By Bowman

        from Lexington

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        Pros

        • Articulation
        • Clean
        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • Loud

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Practice
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Fender '68 Custom Princeton Reverb 12W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion Ten 30 Speaker:

        I would be a far more superior player had I began on this amp. As a guitarist I have owned several, primarily Marshall (my favorite). However, my ears have taken a different stance on sound and especially tone. I must say if your looking for a British roar this is not your amp. This amp is perfect for the ear as string articulation is the best, trust me no other amp will sound like a Princeton or Deluxe. Meaning, clean especially bass and treble. I never noticed how tuff it was to get the bottom three strings to ring in non-unison but rather articulate on their own. So, there was this ugly sound from the bottom three and It was not the pickup it was the Marshall, its designed that way. Fender, However, is different. I am glad I have finally advanced to a better sound and tone I have transitioned from a Robert Plant, Hendrix, Halen guy to now a Ted Green or Chet Atkins sound and tone and it is wonderful. The only thing ill ever ponder is the Jensen speaker, I wish I could test it to the Celestin. So I choose the Princeton because I have played the speaker since the beginning, so sure I was looking for a new sound but the speaker pushed me in the direction due to experience. One last thing replacement parts are reasonable.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Too Bassy

        By DB

        from Portland, OR

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        Comments about Fender '68 Custom Princeton Reverb 12W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion Ten 30 Speaker:

        It's pretty loud and the trem is amazing but I agree with some of the other reviewers...it's so bassy. I was gonna get a blues junior and thought I'd go for this because of the 20% off coupon. I have an AC15 and wanted something with a cleaner sound. My AC15 has a cleaner sound than this thing. It's alright...not worth the price...I expected this thing to blow me away.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome ton and Loud too!

        By Telegreg

        from Ohio

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        Cons

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            Comments about Fender '68 Custom Princeton Reverb 12W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion Ten 30 Speaker:

            I was worried about power, but 12 watts is plenty. Someone once said, if your band is too loud for a Princeton, your band is too loud period. Very true statement, the "68' gets the job done and is awesome for country music. Best price is right here at Musicians Friend too. I looked around plenty.

            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Love my 68 Princeton

            By SteveK

            from yonkers NY

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about Fender '68 Custom Princeton Reverb 12W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion Ten 30 Speaker:

              1968 was the year I became a teen and believe me things are a lot different today ,but The 68 fender amps and guitars were cool then and are still cool now. I have a line 6 and will still be plugging it in from time to time because of all the different effects . But this Princeton is just what I wanted. Not to big and heavy but not to small either. Don't let this amp fool you it is load and the 10 inch speaker sounds very good. At first when I played it the first time I was thinking to myself this is nothing like my line 6 but then I realized I didn't need all those effects . I just set it on 2 and it was loud. then you realize the great deep tube sound and the only thing you have to do is operate the pup switch and volume - tone controls on your guitar. I look forward to playing with this great tube heaven sounding amplifier . I like the way it takes time to warm up and the ultra cool look it has with the blue-green light and late 60s styling. I love this little guy . Even though I am not the greatest player this thing makes me sound great . I got the open box and I bet if you call up MF you can even get a little more off. I think by this time next year I may want another vintage reissue Fender tube amplifier because it gave me the same feeling I had with my first fender in 68 and would love to experience it again LOL !

              (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Feel like I am in high school again

              By SteveK

              from yonkers NY

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about Fender '68 Custom Princeton Reverb 12W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion Ten 30 Speaker:

                When I was a teen this was the sound I remember. I have a line 6 with all the different effects but there are so many choices and don't get me wrong I will still be plugging in that amp from time to time. But being older now I wanted to go back to the stuff I owned and remembered when I was teen. I just got my Princeton amp yesterday and at first I was like this is not what I am used to. But then I started hearing the twangy jazzy full sound and I fell in love her. I didn't want a huge amp and this baby is just the right size and has that super cool look I remember. If you ask me I think it looks way cooler then the blackface one and you save a hundred . I put it on 3 and it is very loud . Don't be worried about the 10 inch speaker because it sounds great. My advice is to get an open box and then call up and tell them you want another 10 % off and I bet MF will give it to you . The one I got was mint and the box had only been opened every thing was like new. A used one in an auction will cost you just as much with the shipping so why take a risk ? Tell them Steve K sent you !

                (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Fabulous with Vintage Strat

                By Jay

                from San Fran bay area

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Excellent Sound
                • Good Warmth
                • Portable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Lower-volume Bands
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Fender '68 Custom Princeton Reverb 12W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion Ten 30 Speaker:

                  Plugged in my vintage Strat and loved the amp from the first chord. Tone is better than I anticipated. I find amp volume settings between 4 and 5 optimal for nice warm tube breakup with my Strat, at a sound level that doesn't annoy the neighbors. Cabinet seems able to handle the bass notes at all volume levels - no buzzes or rattles so far (none of that '65 Princeton RI low F# baffle buzz issue from a few years ago). Also like to add that buying from Musician's Friend was an all-around great experience.

                  (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Awesome!

                  By Musiking

                  from Orange County, CA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Fender '68 Custom Princeton Reverb 12W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion Ten 30 Speaker:

                    This amp is pure tube joy. I mostly play an American Deluxe Stratocaster HSS(Prefer the SCM pickups to recent N versions). This amp has incredible sound and handles pedals well. Not sure if others who had bad reviews just had a badly shipped amp or they changed out something and this made it bad. The one I have is sweet.

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