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Fender Princeton Recording Amp   

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The Fender Princeton Reverb Amp of the 1960s, though small, light and moderately powerful, produced giant tube tone. In the '70s and beyond, it earne...Click To Read More About This Product

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A classic dream dream machine enhanced for the studio.

The Fender Princeton Reverb Amp of the 1960s, though small, light and moderately powerful, produced giant tube tone. In the '70s and beyond, it earned a rep as the quintessential studio recording amp, and original Princeton Reverb amps are highly sought after in today's vintage market as collectibles and as a wise choice for creating great tube tone in a small space.

Fender's new Princeton Recording Amp offers all of the great tone and dynamics of the original, plus several modern studio-friendly features. Its all-tube preamp, power amp and reverb circuitry is based on the classic '65 Princeton Reverb, and, with 20 watts and a 10" Jensen speaker, it provides spanking vintage tone and enough output for small gigs and rehearsals. The trans-impedance power attenuator lets you crank up the amp for full output tube overdrive and set the speaker volume as low as you want (even silent for headphone use)!

Other features include two classic onboard "stomp box" effects (overdrive and compression), genuine tube-driven Fender spring reverb by Accutronics, headphone output, speaker emulated line output with level control and ground lift, speaker output jack (internal speaker may be disconnected for use with other 8-ohm enclosures), professional FX loop, and four-button footswitch.

FEATURES
  • 20W into 8 ohms
  • 10" Jensen speaker with ceramic magnet
  • Power attenuator
  • 3-knob overdrive
  • 2-knob compressor
  • Tube-driven Accutronics reverb
  • Speaker emulated headphone out
  • Speaker emulated XLR line out with level and ground lift
  • Speaker out
  • Professional FX loop
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3.7

(based on 15 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Bought an early one

Have had my PRA since January 2007 so I got one of the early ones. When I first got it I loved it. I was looking for something to play at home at lower...Read complete review

Have had my PRA since January 2007 so I got one of the early ones. When I first got it I loved it. I was looking for something to play at home at lower volumes, and with the TIPA the PRA seemed to fit the bill. I ordered mine online sight unseen (could not find one to demo first). It had decent tone initially, although not as warm as I'd like. Lately it has developed an annoying buzzing resonance that I've yet to pinpoint. The built in compressor and distortion are gimmicky and I really don't use them. A few weeks after I bought the amp it developed a loud screeching snap (best way I can describe it) when I power it off. The sound is very loud and very annoying and turning the volume down doesn't help. I took the amp to an authorized service center and the tech couldn't find anything wrong. Interestingly, I saw one in a local music store recently and played around with it and it did not make the screech. Maybe Fender has fixed the problem on the newer PRA's. I eventually visited the Fender discussion boards and found that others have had the same issue. Someone posted on the board that you have to turn the TIPA down before turning the power off. That eliminates the sound by shutting off the speaker. There have been lots of people swapping out tubes and speakers and afterwards seem pretty happy with the results. I may go that route, but for $1000 it shouldn't be necessary. That's my biggest complaint. Fender builds these amps in Mexico then charges premium prices for them. I think a more resonable price would be around $500. The built-in compressor circuit is interesting, but I think the distortion circuit sucks. I would much rather have had a tremolo circuit instead. My second biggest complaint is that there is a lot of hiss at any volume above 5 (of 10). I play an newer American Strat, a vintage Les Paul, a PRS Custom 22, and an Ibanez archtop through the PRA. Input 1 likes the single coils and Input 2 prefers the humbuckers, but the PRS doesn't care which input it uses. Anyway, I am way past the return period so I guess I'm keeping it. I'm going to look elsewhere for it's replacement and am saving my money for a Victoria Regal or Victorilux.

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What is all this hype about?

I have had this amplifier for 2 weeks. For the life of me I cannot find a sound on it that I like. I cannot play guitar for the distraction of turning knobs and...Read complete review

I have had this amplifier for 2 weeks. For the life of me I cannot find a sound on it that I like. I cannot play guitar for the distraction of turning knobs and trying to find a sound that is pleasant to my ears. It's decent on a clean setting but why, oh why, would someone pay this kind of money for these CRAPPY onboard effects? The overdrive sounds tinny and like the cheapest pedal you can buy. Save yourself the money and buy something for half the price and get yourself some quality stomp boxes. It really blows me away that the reviews are as good as they are. I was so excited to get this amp and now I cannot wait to return it. Do yourself a favor a go to that huge chain guitar store and try out amps before you buy. The return shipping on this amp will make it even more expensive than it is worth. My Twin Amp cost a little more and is the best sounding amp that you can buy. You get the best clean sound ever and the drive channel just blows this Princeton's overdrive effect out of the water.

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3.0

Sub-par Fender Quality & Design

By Greg Lawrence

from Appalachia America

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I own this amp and have owned it for two years. First off the volume control has a scratchy pot. Secondly when you play the amp "full" as advertised using the Power Attenuator the amp starts cutting out after about 12 minutes or so. You can play it full on with no problems, but for the hefty price tag that this TIPA added, it should at least work correctly. I didn't discover this flaw until I read online reviews and tried it for myself. Yep - it is going back for repair, and if it keeps doing it, then I will enact the "lemon" clause in my extended warranty. Good luck... the success rate for fixing this problem doesn't appear too great.

 
5.0

Sweeeet Amp!

By Dallas Dude

from Dallas, PA

What cool amp that's just loaded with features.Finally...great sounds at low volume. The clean sounds are superb, the dirt is great...not Marshall like crunch, but very good. Takes pedals well, but I rarely use them anymore.There's a very, very, very slight hum with the attenuator wiode open, but it's so minor that I don't understand the noise complaint from another poster. It's pretty quiet in my opinion.It could use a standby switch. That's the only thing I would change.

 
3.0

Good amp. Inflated price

By Tom G

from Boston

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I've been playing guitar for about 20 years and have owned many different kinds of tube amps. This amp is a great idea for club gigs, session work, practicing at home, rehearsals etc. Unfortunately it is way overpriced. The built in compressor and tube screamer based overdrive are ok at best. The amp seems to be excessively noisy in general but especially when the compressor is engaged and you are using single coils. The speaker simulated line out seems to work very well. In fact, it's probably the best feature on the amp other than the trans impedance power attenuator. The biggest problem I have is that I recently purchased the Super Champ XD and it blows this amp out of the water in every category. That is slightly frustrating to me since it costs about one third the price. Do yourself a huge favor and read the reviews for the Super Champ XD and try one out for yourself. You can't go wrong for the price.

 
2.0

Design Flaw ???

By Baddawg

from Undisclosed

The amp sounds Good but when you use the power attenuator to control the volume the amp cuts in and out. I'm on my second one and I've had this one back to the shop for the same thing twice already. It must be a design flaw they can't seem to fix???

 
4.0

Bought an early one

By Vintagelespaul

from Midwest

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Have had my PRA since January 2007 so I got one of the early ones. When I first got it I loved it. I was looking for something to play at home at lower volumes, and with the TIPA the PRA seemed to fit the bill. I ordered mine online sight unseen (could not find one to demo first). It had decent tone initially, although not as warm as I'd like. Lately it has developed an annoying buzzing resonance that I've yet to pinpoint. The built in compressor and distortion are gimmicky and I really don't use them. A few weeks after I bought the amp it developed a loud screeching snap (best way I can describe it) when I power it off. The sound is very loud and very annoying and turning the volume down doesn't help. I took the amp to an authorized service center and the tech couldn't find anything wrong. Interestingly, I saw one in a local music store recently and played around with it and it did not make the screech. Maybe Fender has fixed the problem on the newer PRA's. I eventually visited the Fender discussion boards and found that others have had the same issue. Someone posted on the board that you have to turn the TIPA down before turning the power off. That eliminates the sound by shutting off the speaker. There have been lots of people swapping out tubes and speakers and afterwards seem pretty happy with the results. I may go that route, but for $1000 it shouldn't be necessary. That's my biggest complaint. Fender builds these amps in Mexico then charges premium prices for them. I think a more resonable price would be around $500. The built-in compressor circuit is interesting, but I think the distortion circuit sucks. I would much rather have had a tremolo circuit instead. My second biggest complaint is that there is a lot of hiss at any volume above 5 (of 10). I play an newer American Strat, a vintage Les Paul, a PRS Custom 22, and an Ibanez archtop through the PRA. Input 1 likes the single coils and Input 2 prefers the humbuckers, but the PRS doesn't care which input it uses. Anyway, I am way past the return period so I guess I'm keeping it. I'm going to look elsewhere for it's replacement and am saving my money for a Victoria Regal or Victorilux.

 
5.0

Home recording space-saver!

By limnephilidae

from Toronto, ON

I've read quite a few product reviews for this product and they tend to fall into two categories: great product OR power-attenuator cut-out. I would just like to chime in and say I have had this product for months now with no problems. Another friend has the same amp and both of us have many hours of use on this product, including gigs. The power attenuator works and works well. I feel bad for those who might have had problems but I hope Fender took care of them because the design itself is good.Things I like about this amp: - Excellent recording line-out- Fits perfectly in a small space with a 10' speaker- Overdrive & Compressor handy if you don't have a lot of room for pedals- Power attenuator makes it easy to get the tone you want and the volume you wantThings I didn't like about this amp- The original price; I bought it new during a sale at a significantly reduced price- Overdrive sounds good for a built-in, but not as good as a tube screamer- As described in other reviews, there is a pop when you turn the amp on/off (regardless of volume setting)- No standby switch

 
3.0

What is all this hype about?

By Minor9th

from San Francisco, CA

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I have had this amplifier for 2 weeks. For the life of me I cannot find a sound on it that I like. I cannot play guitar for the distraction of turning knobs and trying to find a sound that is pleasant to my ears. It's decent on a clean setting but why, oh why, would someone pay this kind of money for these CRAPPY onboard effects? The overdrive sounds tinny and like the cheapest pedal you can buy. Save yourself the money and buy something for half the price and get yourself some quality stomp boxes. It really blows me away that the reviews are as good as they are. I was so excited to get this amp and now I cannot wait to return it. Do yourself a favor a go to that huge chain guitar store and try out amps before you buy. The return shipping on this amp will make it even more expensive than it is worth. My Twin Amp cost a little more and is the best sounding amp that you can buy. You get the best clean sound ever and the drive channel just blows this Princeton's overdrive effect out of the water.

 
5.0

A little expensive? Maybe

By Tim-QEMvm

from Pittsburgh, Pa.

Great amp. Does alot of diffrent things. Got to keep the top of the amp cool. The price may be alittle high, but when you consider the other equipment you dont have to buy, TS-8, Compressor, other amplifiers, It's price gets smaller.

 
5.0

GREAT AMP!!!

By Steve987

from CT

The Trans-impendence power attenuater is an amazing addition to this reissued '65 princeton amp. The whole variety of bottom knobs makes a great addition to this amp and is just a great amp.

 
2.0

SAVE YOUR HARD-EARNED $'s

By JackStrat

from Frederick. MD

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This amp AIN'T worth it. For the price, there's so many other options out there (incl. a BEAUTIFUL Rivera Pubster 1x12", plus others). The sound is basic Fender, but the headroom's just not here; at 15 watts, forget it. The speaker is crap - flubs out way too early. The onboard "effects" are functional .... but WHY over-pay to this degree for a mediocre package of a run-of-the-mill amp, bad speaker, plus standard effects that everyone already has in their chain? The "recording all-in-one" concept is over-hyped and WAY over-priced in this amp. I bought it to add "a little Fender" to my lineup, but returned it 3 weeks later because it didn't meet any of my requirements. IMO ... AVOID THIS ONE.

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