FACTOIDS & TRIVIA
The Princeton was introduced in 1946 and upgraded in 1948. Though a student model, the Princeton was a step above the other economy amps including the Champ, Champion 600, and Champion 800 since the Princeton had a tone control unlike the others. Some amp geeks claim that the tone control loads down the signal excessively which adversely affects the amp's sound, however, the Princeton will put out creamy overdrive with the best of the student model Fender amps. This Princeton has "wide panel" cosmetics where the portions of the cabinet above and below the speaker grill are wider than on the sides. "Wide panel"Fenders were made between 1952 and 1954, and they superceded the "TV Front" style cabinets. From 1955 to 1963, the early Princeton cabinet was used for the Champ and the Princeton was given the same cabinet as the Harvard. The tweed on the Princeton shown here has water staining that is very common and typical on old tweed amps from Fender as well as other brands.
FENDER PRINCETON AMP 5C2 (November 1953)
Power Amp: Tube; 1 x 6V6GT, 4.5 watts RMS @ 8 ohms
Preamp: Tube; 1 x 6SC7
Rectifier: Tube; 1 x 5Y3GT
Speaker: 1 x 8" Jensen P8T
Channels: 1; 2 inputs
Controls: Volume, tone
Dimensions: 12 3/4 H x 13 1/2 W x 7 D inches
Total Weight: 14 lb.
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