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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
 
4.7

(based on 18 reviews)

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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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Update to my previous review

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....Read complete review

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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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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4.0

Great amplifier!

By Zombo

from Hobart, IN

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

I do really like this amp and intend on keeping it. I have the RRII with 10" speaker as well. The Jensen in it has been replaced by a Ragin Cajun. The Jensen in this Bordeaux is still new. I will continue to break the speaker in, which at this time, has a lot of high mids and highs. Hoping this speaker will settle into a more scooped mids tone, If not, I will replace it. Overall, a very cool amp.

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5.0

Great Amp!

By Magic

from Ventura, California

Verified Buyer

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

I have three pedals in my small home office and the amp is perfect for that use. Warm tone, great looking amp, plenty loud for my use at home.

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5.0

'65 Princeton Reverb limited edition w P12Q Jensen

By Rio Darco

from Jacksonville, Florida

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

Awesome amp. Sweet, clean tones up to 4 or 5, then nice grind as you dial it to 10. Reverb and Tremolo sound very good. Wine red tolex looks rich. But the BIG deal is the 12" Jensen P12Q alnico speaker enhancement. Perfect for this 15 watt dual 6V6 powered amp. I had an early 60's Fender Princeton Reverb with it's original 10" ceramic speaker. It was good, but I never LOVED it. This version is the ideal deal grab-and-go package for a jam session or studio recording.

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(1 of 1 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.

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(2 of 2 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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(1 of 1 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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5.0

Blew my expectations out of the water

By G

from Pittsburgh, PA

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  • Lightweight
  • tone heaven
  • unique look

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      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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      5.0

      Dream Tube Amp

      By Branson1

      from Branson, Missouri

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

      Cleanest smooth sounding amp ever!

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      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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