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Replacement for a late '60's Fender Princeton?
Old 18th June 2009
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Replacement for a late '60's Fender Princeton?

Hi folks. I'm trying to find a modern amp (in production) that sounds vaguely like an old late 60's Princeton. Reverb is unimportant.
I reaaaaally like what I perceive to be an extremely smooth unagressive sound to the ol' amp.

So I'm assuming the replacement will likely be tube, and also have a 10" speaker. That's very important; I really dislike the sound of 12"s. At least, for this application.

Any suggestions?

-Stephen
Old 18th June 2009
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Hi,

You could just settle with a great example of the real thing!

FS: 1966 Blackface Fender Princeton Reverb w/original speaker

Mike
Old 18th June 2009
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vintage sound reproduction or mission amps. either one would be a custom build but impeccable quality & voiced to your tastes.

Vintage Sound: Point to Point, Hand Wired, Vintage Correct AB763 Blackface Tube Amplifiers

Mission Amps Your Tube-Amp Specialist
Old 19th June 2009
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TWo reasonable suggestions. I should have mentioned the reason I don't just get an older princeton: PRICE.

I'm hoping to find a modern production model that would be decidedly less expensive. It doesn't have to nail the tone of the old princeton, just have a distinctly smooth tone much like the old guy did. It will probably need to have a 10" speaker, and probably also be tube.

A few suggestions would help me know how to begin my search.
Thanks for the suggestions thus far and any to come!

-Stephen
Old 19th June 2009
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The silverface models are still reasonable right? It doesn't have to have reverb does it? Many people don't know that the silverface Princeton circuit is identical to the blackface circuit. It just has different cosmetics and crappier capacitors. But that's easy to fix by swapping out all the brown turd caps for Orange Drops or Mallory 150's. New tubes and you'll be golden.

Brad
Old 19th June 2009
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Fargen Guitar Amps : Fargen Blackbird Guitar Amplifier : Tube Guitar Amps

I have no idea how much these cost, but Josh Smith had a head only version of one of these in my place. He recorded with two amps at a time, my '67 Princeton and the Blackbird, or my Princeton and a Bludo amp. I liked the Blackbird a lot! Supposed to be more like a Super Reverb, I think.
Old 20th June 2009
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Originally Posted by Brad McGowan View Post
The silverface models are still reasonable right? It doesn't have to have reverb does it? Many people don't know that the silverface Princeton circuit is identical to the blackface circuit. It just has different cosmetics and crappier capacitors. But that's easy to fix by swapping out all the brown turd caps for Orange Drops or Mallory 150's. New tubes and you'll be golden.

Brad
I had a 69 I sold for 700 bucks. I've also seen 2 more in local shops for the same price and one on ebay for even cheaper. Should be no reason you couldn't find the real thing for well under a grand.
Old 20th June 2009
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Wow. My buddy who bought a silverface Princeton for $200 about 5 years ago will be happy to know he made a wise investment.

Brad
Old 20th June 2009
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Look no further...get a Headstrong Lil King Reverb
Old 20th June 2009
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For recording, try a Champ.
Old 20th June 2009
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Why do you need to replace something with something that you want to sound like what you already have?

If you want something to sound like a 60's Princeton just buy one, they go for between $400 and $800 for a non-reverb version (1964-1970).

Any modern alternative will be more expensive than the real thing.
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