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Fender Limited Edition '65 Princeton Reverb 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp Bordeaux Reserve

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In the pantheon of great amps, there are few that stand the test of time like the Fender Princeton and its signature clean tones. There’s that long, luscious spring reverb that lets players dial in ev... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

In the pantheon of great amps, there are few that stand the test of time like the Fender Princeton and its signature clean tones. There’s that long, luscious spring reverb that lets players dial in everything from ethereal echoes to cavernous swirls. There’s that recognizable Princeton tremolo, which pulses with pure Fender character through every passage and performance. And then there’s the unmistakable tonal character that only a Princeton can offer; growling lows, shimmering highs and the classic breakup of the 6V6 tubes and 10 in. speaker when pushed to the brink.

The Princeton, in its most classic form, has been revered as a stage and studio must-have, and its presence on the most famous albums and riveting stage shows of all time further substantiates that claim. Clearly, its rich tone and responsiveness have given it an unmistakable voice. Fender’s latest partnership with Musician’s Friend and Guitar Center, however, proves that even the most perfect amplifier has room for modification.

That updated collaboration—the Fender Limited Edition Princeton 112 Bordeaux Reserve—ups the ante on the tone box that made its way in to the living rooms, studios and stages of Fender lovers. It incorporates one of the most popular Princeton mods—the inclusion of a larger, 12 in. Jensen P12Q speaker—allowing for a fuller frequency response, a perceived volume boost and clearer midrange. The exciting effort is an extension of Princeton legacy that, literally and figuratively, has been simply unheard of outside of the garages and tool benches of gearhounds and mod addicts. 

“We wanted to do something different for Fender fans that they haven’t seen or heard before,” said Rick Heins, Fender product development manager for amplifiers. With its stellar combination of new features, striking good looks and improved full-frequency response, the Limited Edition Princeton 112 Bordeaux Reserve delivers on that promise without sacrificing the signature sound of the amp prized and recognized for well more than a half-century.

The relationship between classic Fender amps and Jensen speakers has long existed, and they’ve long been part of the recipe that results in those beloved tones. But true to its namesake, the switch from 10 in. to 12 in. speaker serves up a little something extra for tone chasers—crystal clear wine glass fidelity with plenty of low-end punch and attitude when cranked—a slight differentiation from the tonal quality of the famous Princeton.

The Limited Edition Princeton 112 Bordeaux Reserve is a drool-worthy collectable for the discerning amp enthusiast seeking a cosmetically unique amp as well. Also in line with its moniker, the Bordeaux Reserve features a classy yet understated wine red textured vinyl covering and, paired with traditional wheat-colored grille cloth, offers an air of sophistication that only a Fender Princeton can exude.

The Bordeaux Reserve is available exclusively at select Guitar Center locations as well as MusiciansFriend.com and GuitarCenter.com.

Features

Power: 15 watts (tube)
Tubes: 12AX7, 12AT7 (preamp); two 6V6 (power amp)
Single channel
Two inputs
Speaker: 12 Jensen P12Q
Controls: volume, dual-band EQ, reverb, speed, intensity
Long-spring Fender reverb and tube tremolo (œvibrato)
Impedance: 8 ohms
1/4 in. output jack
Limited-edition wine red vinyl covering and wheat grille cloth
"Limited Edition" FSR badge
Fitted cover and two-button footswitch included
Cabinet material: birch/pine
Dimensions: 19.75 x 16 x 9.5 in.
Weight: 34 lb.

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FenderLimited Edition '65 Princeton Reverb 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp Bordeaux Reserve
 
4.5

(based on 29 reviews)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (6)
  • Excellent sound (6)
  • Warm / comfy (5)
  • Portable (4)
  • Good power output (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (4)
  • Professional recording (4)
  • Amateur recording (3)
  • Home studio (3)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4), Professional musician (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great amp and huge vintage vibe

I use this at home and plan to use it out at churches and small venues. The sound with the 12" Jensen is awesome and this amp has all you need for...Read complete review

I use this at home and plan to use it out at churches and small venues. The sound with the 12" Jensen is awesome and this amp has all you need for most any circumstance. Takes pedals well. Has a nicer mild break up at mid volume and the 12" Jensen gives it a full sound of a larger amp.
Mic'd this amp is all you will need unless you are on a concert trail. It replaced a 90 # twin reverb and tge nice under 40 lb weight is a delight.

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Nice amp when it's not in the shop

I love the tones from this amp, but if I ever get it back from the shop, I'm getting rid of it. Fender techs have been guessing why the reverb squeals and I...Read complete review

I love the tones from this amp, but if I ever get it back from the shop, I'm getting rid of it. Fender techs have been guessing why the reverb squeals and I just keep waiting for my amp. Not Cool!!!

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Yes

By Gretsch Man

from Hamilton,ohio

Comments about Fender Limited Edition '65 Princeton Reverb 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp Bordeaux Reserve:

I would use this amp for a trio that plays blues or jazz.this is all you really need.The only pedal I would even think of using would be a delay for some widening of the sound while playing a solo,or a melody .You do not need overdrive or distortion.Just push the amp a little with some volume from the guitar.I like my amp to sound natural ,and this amp sounds that way.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent amp!

By CD

from Boston, MA

Comments about Fender Limited Edition '65 Princeton Reverb 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp Bordeaux Reserve:

This version of the Princeton reissue is amazing. I have the regular 65 Princeton Reissue as well, but the 12" Jensen in this Limited Edition version is better, IMHO (not to discount the regular Princeton, which is a great amp). I was debating between this amp and the Limited Edition Deluxe Reverb through Sweetwater, which I had the chance to play for a while. In terms of perceived volume I would say that this LE Princeton falls right in between the LE Deluxe and the regular PRRI. As far as tone, I found it to also be in between the two amps, but perhaps closer to the LE Deluxe (they do share the same Jensen P12Q). Bottom line is if you want the classic Fender blackface clean sound for home playing, but the ability to jam with a drummer or for small gigs, this is a fantastic choice. It also looks amazing, if you care about that!

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  • No

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great amp and huge vintage vibe

By Country boy

from Germantown, tn.

Verified Buyer

Comments about Fender Limited Edition '65 Princeton Reverb 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp Bordeaux Reserve:

I use this at home and plan to use it out at churches and small venues. The sound with the 12" Jensen is awesome and this amp has all you need for most any circumstance. Takes pedals well. Has a nicer mild break up at mid volume and the 12" Jensen gives it a full sound of a larger amp.
Mic'd this amp is all you will need unless you are on a concert trail. It replaced a 90 # twin reverb and tge nice under 40 lb weight is a delight.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

FABULOUS!!!

By "Nut"

from Oak Grove, MN

Verified Buyer

Comments about Fender Limited Edition '65 Princeton Reverb 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp Bordeaux Reserve:

It's a Princeton Reverb with a 12" speaker! FABULOUS!!! Don't expect this thing to blow the windows out but the tone is nothing short of heaven. I can't wait til the speaker's broke in.

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  • No

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing !!

By Chromatic

from Honesdale, Pa.

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Pros

  • Tone, ease of use, weight,volume

Cons

    Best Uses

    • gigs,recording,practice

    Comments about Fender Limited Edition '65 Princeton Reverb 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp Bordeaux Reserve:

    It took me about 4 minutes with this amp to fall in love with everything about it. I have a first generation, (USA made), Blues Jr. that I have been extremely happy with since 1999 and was not really in the market for anything but when I read the description of this special edition I felt I had to give it a try. Not really an effects guy to begin with......I am now going to put my pedalboard away completely until it is time to record and a certain effect may be needed. This amp just sounds so good that I want to completely get all my tone from touch and basic settings. The tremolo is so rich and warm that it would seem that you would be lacking something after switching it off but this is not the case.........still sounds just as rich. One of the best purchases I have ever made.

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    • No

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Limited Edition '65 Princeton is a prince of an amp

    By Jim

    from Michigan

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Fender Limited Edition '65 Princeton Reverb 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp Bordeaux Reserve:

    Solid little amp, great fender sound, breaks up nicely when pushed a bit, surprisingly loud, love the 12" Jensen

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Update to my previous review

    By Danny from Austin

    from Austin, TX

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    Comments about Fender Limited Edition '65 Princeton Reverb 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp Bordeaux Reserve:

    I loved my Princeton in wine red, but it was short lived. Two nights ago while practicing (low volume) it just fizzed out, popped, and the volume dropped to almost inaudible. Tried a different guitar, same thing. Turned it off and heard a loud POP. After a few hours turned it back but got nothing but fizz, turned it off and got another loud POP. Took it back to GC and they quickly refunded my money, and I took home a new Blues Deluxe in Smokey Tweed, hoping it will fare better. I am giving it 3 stars to be impartial; infant mortality can strike any amp. It was probably just a tube and replacing them could have fixed the issue, but the experience just soured me on this amp.

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    • No

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Got 3rd one last week. One of the finest new fender amp ever

    By Tweed-Caster

    from Nashville

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    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Fender Limited Edition '65 Princeton Reverb 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp Bordeaux Reserve:

    A new classic, here and now! The look, the sound, and speaker leaves no room for improvement. Ajay and the guys at Nashville are GREAT to work with--fair trades.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Bordeaux isn't just for fine wine

    By MS Bulldawg

    from Tomball, TX

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • quality
    • Sound
    • Versatility

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Fender Limited Edition '65 Princeton Reverb 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp Bordeaux Reserve:

        This special edition Bordeaux is a great looking amp. However, looks aren't everything. Thank goodness it doesn't stop there. It is about the attitude. The 12" Jensen speaker really gives a great well rounded sound. My Tele sings. The Strat struts. Pedals are welcome here. I am just upset that I waited this long for a Princeton. Maybe I waited just long enough for the special edition Bordeaux with the 12" speaker. If you get a chance definitely try this one out. Warning: If you try it be sure and bring your check book because you will want one.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Amp, Great Tone and Easy to Transport!

        By Keith

        from undisclosed

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Fender Limited Edition '65 Princeton Reverb 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp Bordeaux Reserve:

        This amp might not be for everyone but it's perfect for me and here's why. I've been using a Fender Delux Reverb not for many years. It's a great amp and I still love it a lot! I'm getting older as we all are and I still want a great sounding amp but one that's lighter and this amp fits the bill. I've had it on three gigs so far. A small club, a large club and an outdoor festival. I like to dial in a good clean tone at a volume that I can hear it on stage and then I mic it to the front of the house speakers. I overdrive the amp with my effect pedals. When used this way it works well. I've noticed a better low end frequency response "a warmth" that was missing when I used one of my two 10 inch speaker amps. The 12 inch speaker is the way to go for my live sound. I also own a 70's Princeton with a 10 inch speaker, which is also a good amp but I limit that amp to use in the studio. Really the only difference between the Delux Reverb which is 22 watts verses the Princton Reverb, with the 12 inch speaker and 15 watts is, I put the volume up one notch higher on the Princeton than I have on the Delux.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Incredible amp

        By Guitodd

        from Cranston, RI

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Fender Limited Edition '65 Princeton Reverb 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp Bordeaux Reserve:

        Princetons always sound great! This special edition with the 12" jensen makes it even better. There is a "magic" to this amp that you can't explain or describe. The youtube reviews don't capture the depth of sound this amp has. The reverb is so good, from mild, ambiance to over the top surf; the tremolo is even more impressive than the reverb. This amp is a keeper, in fact, it just booted out my magnatone.

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        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Blew my expectations out of the water

        By G

        from Pittsburgh, PA

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • tone heaven
        • unique look

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Fender Limited Edition '65 Princeton Reverb 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp Bordeaux Reserve:

            I bought this on a chance, truly expecting to return it for something larger such as a Deluxe. I loved the sound immediately when I first turned it on and A/B'd it with a normal Princeton Reverb RI that my buddy owned, and this simply was leagues better. Shortly after playing it himself, my friend said he was going to mod his Princeton to a 12" speaker.

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            • No

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Eureka! I have Found my Sound!

            By Wild Bill

            from Columbia, SC

            Comments about Fender Limited Edition '65 Princeton Reverb 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp Bordeaux Reserve:

            I have finally found what I've been seeking in a compact, low power amp. I will keep this baby for the rest of my days. Sparkling stellar Blackface cleans and takes pedals very well. Add a MXR analog delay for perfect ambiance. A Rocket Pedal 'Blue-Note' through this amp delivered via a Stratocaster neck or neck/mid pickup will give you all the SRV you can handle. Use a Boss 'BluesDriver' to get Billy Gibbons. Although this is a Fender amp, when paired with my Gibson 335, especially when coil splitting the neck pick-up, it is Holy Matrimony! Fender has created a true Masterpiece. For the folks that say this amp isn't loud enough I can only respond that this amp is designed more for sound quality, i.e recording, rather than blasting ear drums. If you want this, or any other low output amp to blast a hall, then simply run a PA.

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            • No

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Love the tone, wish it were louder

            By Danny from Austin

            from Austin, TX

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            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Fender Limited Edition '65 Princeton Reverb 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp Bordeaux Reserve:

            This is my first nice tube amp and it is exclusively for home use in my living room. It was my present to myself for sticking with my lessons and not giving up. It has that wonderful Princeton tone to die for, and it looks killer, but it is not as loud as I expected. Notice that I only play at home so I am not expecting auditorium sized sound, but the max volume before breakup does not seem very loud to me even for home. Perhaps it will move as the speaker gets broken in, I hope so. Still it is a very nice amp that sounds wonderful and looks just as good, and is Amercan made.

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            • No

            (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            This Amp is Amazing Period!

            By MK77

            from St Louis MO

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Fender Limited Edition '65 Princeton Reverb 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp Bordeaux Reserve:

            Great Amp Period.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            1.0

            Nice amp when it's not in the shop

            By Nut

            from Oak Grove, MN

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Excellent Sound

            Cons

            • reverb squeals

            Best Uses

              Comments about Fender Limited Edition '65 Princeton Reverb 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp Bordeaux Reserve:

              I love the tones from this amp, but if I ever get it back from the shop, I'm getting rid of it. Fender techs have been guessing why the reverb squeals and I just keep waiting for my amp. Not Cool!!!

               
              4.0

              Sounds great, does not break up to early.

              By trackerdan

              from carmichael, ca.

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Does not break up to early

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Fender Limited Edition '65 Princeton Reverb 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp Bordeaux Reserve:

              I use this amp to practice and gig with. A big sound thanks to the Alnico 12"; but it does not break up early like my other one with the same speaker in it. Excellent Reverb and tremolo. This is a very handsome amplifier. I chose it over another one in lacquered tweed and i couldn't be any happier.

               
              5.0

              Great amp but speaker baffle rattles horribly at 4.5 volume

              By Tube Geezer

              from Gresham, Oregon

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

                Cons

                • Speaker baffle rattles horribly with low notes 5

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Fender Limited Edition '65 Princeton Reverb 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp Bordeaux Reserve:

                  I use this amp for home use and recording primarily. Had to rebias the tubes when I got it new. Had to install a 1" screw for the top speaker mounting hole to the baffle. The speaker baffle rattles horribly at volumes above 4.5. Once the extra screw was installed, the rattling when away--can't believe Fender has never addressed this issue.

                  With proper tube bias (less than 23mA for the groove tubes shipped with my amp) and the baffle rattle problem resolved, this is an outstanding amp that exemplifies the Leo Fender (Fender Electric Instrument) golden era tone. Superb tone, picking dynamics, and very easy to dial in good tone. Have not tried it yet with a Stratocaster, but really great with a Les Paul standard. The Jensen P12N alnico speaker is superb in this amp--let it break in and keep it. No need to swap this speaker out in my opinion.

                   
                  5.0

                  Recording Studio Quality

                  By YogiD

                  from Beverly Hills CA.

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • 15-watts
                  • Beautiful looking in the living room
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Good Warmth
                  • Portable
                  • Powerful
                  • Unique pre-amp cathodine circuitry, enhances eve

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Fender Limited Edition '65 Princeton Reverb 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp Bordeaux Reserve:

                    Highest sound quality and esthetic for the price (or at any price). The Fender Princeton Reverb features the unique cathodine circuitry in the pre-amp section that provides for large spectrum of beautiful even harmonics even at low volume. Other More powerful amps (wattage wise) require higher volume to break into the even harmonics sweet distortion state. The additional 3-watts (15 up from the usual 12 for this amp) are welcome. The larger 12" speaker definitely opens up the sound stage (but not as large as its 22-watt brother). Overall I would say this is the number one choice to anyone that would practice at home, although the amp will also serve in small venues, and can always be miked up for higher volume and venues. Overall this is one small killer amp. Highly recommended.

                     
                    5.0

                    100% satisfied

                    By James

                    from undisclosed

                    Verified Buyer

                    Comments about Fender Limited Edition '65 Princeton Reverb 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp Bordeaux Reserve:

                    The amp was purchased for use at home. I read the reviews and knew of the Fender history but had to compare/contrast for myself with the Marshall I had used prior. The Marshall is now for sale - the Fender amp wins - it has a terrific sound- I am very happy with the amp. It is everything had hoped it would be. No regrets - all good.

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