Skip to main content
FREE Standard Ground Shipping (edit) Get Details

More Info About Free 2-Day Standard Ground Shipping

Close Window
Top Seller

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

Item #: 
1440515358734
  • Write a Review

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

IN STOCK & READY TO SHIP

Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
Price:
$1,09999.00
+ Add to Wish List
Special Financing Offer
Guitar Center Gear Card

6-Month* financing available
Get DetailsAbout Special Financing Offers

 
Free Store Pick Up Available Today Salt Lake City, UT (5.9  mi) View More Stores For Availability


,
SUN:11AM-7PM
MON-FRI:10AM-9PM
SAT:10AM-8PM

QUESTIONS?
Connect with an expert instantly.

Call us: 866-498-7882

  • Pro Coverage Eligible
  • Free Shipping
  • Easy Returns
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.

Specifications

Warranty

GUITAR CENTER'S PRO COVERAGE
Pro Coverage gives you added warranty protection for your gear. Stepping in where the manufacturer's "normal wear and tear" coverage ends, our Pro Coverage program offers you upgraded coverage if your product ever fails Click To Read More About This Product.

Pro Coverage includes
  • Accidental damage protection
  • Expedited repair or replacement
  • Free shipping (for returns or repairs)
  • 100% coverage for commercial use
  • Extended price protection
  • No lemon guarantee
  • Free transfer of coverage to a new owner
  • Repair costs covered for up to five years from date of purchase
  • Repair authorization-toll-free by phone or via the web
  • Customer Reviews
Loading....

Review Snapshot

by PowerReviews
FenderLimited Edition '65 Princeton Reverb 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp Bordeaux Reserve
 
4.6

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (4)
  • Excellent sound (3)
  • Warm / comfy (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (18)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Amazing !!

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...Read complete review

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.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

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.

Reviewed by 24 customers

Displaying reviews 1-20

Back to Top

Previous | Next »

(4 of 4 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

(3 of 3 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!

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(3 of 3 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.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing !!

By Chromatic

from Honesdale, Pa.

See all my reviews

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.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • 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 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Update to my previous review

    By Danny in Austin

    from Austin, TX

    See all my reviews

    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.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • 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

    See all my reviews

    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

        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.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • 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.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • 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.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Love the tone, wish it were louder

            By Danny in Austin

            from Austin, TX

            See all my reviews

            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.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • 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
             
            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.

             
            5.0

            Made made in Heaven

            By Joao-Risin

            from Seattle, WA

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy on the eye
            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Portable

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

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

              I actually went to purchase the Deluxe Reverb but GC just happened to have one of these on the floor. I A/B'd the DR and Princeton and it was over. It's also in a smaller cabinet and about 10 pounds lighter...sold!

              When I got it home, there was a problem with the reverb and tremolo so I took it back. Guitar Center asked no questions and ordered me a new one and shipped it to my house. It's been tone bliss ever since. It's a great amp. The fact it has a 12" speaker was a big selling point for me...great big beautiful sound. If they had not had the Limited Adition on the floor I would have no doubt that I would have purchased the DR, and been very happy. That day, however, I was sold on the Princeton.

              I mainly play at home and have a Deville 4x10 which is a monster. It's way too much for home. In my band playing days it was even too big for the gigs we would play...and heavy. I have really never been able to turn that amp up to where it really needs to be to sing. The Princeton covers that and also can hold its own for rehearsals as well as small gigs.

              The Princeton Reverb Limited Edition is both a visual beauty and a joy to play.

              PS. This amp and my Gretsch 6120N were made to be played together.

               
              4.0

              Sweet Amp, But Not For Your Jazz Box Guitar Tones

              By JvG

              from Lake Tahoe

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                  I had read numerous positive reviews on this amp, so I bought one, unfortunately it had issues and returned the amp. While the short time I owned it imo the Teley/Strat type of guitars really shined through this amp. I read it was a go to amp for jazz, I did not find this true in my experience, I guess it's the 15 watt headroom, etc. I used a jazz box with your typical Gibson humbucker PU, when it got up in around the sweet spot vol4, the amp would simply break up and not a suitable type of break up for the Jazz guitar tone. On a positive note the bass response on this amp is quite good, plenty of it, the reverb is pretty strong on this amp, on 2 it was quite present, past 2 and your swimming in it.
                  Nice amp tho, very pretty, I would consider this amp as a Rock, R&B, Blues, Country type of amp, but unfortunately not a true jazz amp.

                   
                  5.0

                  Couldn't stop thinking about it, now can't stop playing it

                  By LK

                  from Philadelphia, PA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Good Warmth

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                      I sold a Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue I'd purchased less than a year ago to fund the acquisition of one of these. I couldn't stop thinking about it and tried it out every time in GC. Finally I pulled the trigger and settled my mind. Couldn't be happier with it. It's not as loud as the BDRI so I can crank it to 8, savor the natural overdrive, and still be able to hear the next day (I play in a small mancave-like area in the back of my basement). The trem and reverb are tremendous. It's gorgeous. I tend to plug right into it, letting my pedal board languish, not even bothering with it (don't need that reverb pedal and the awesome Supa-Trem 2 isn't so necessary now either), or at most using a single distortion or tape delay. At first there was a rattle with bass notes but I opened the back and removed a little metal cage around the rectifier (on the left side when behind the amp) that solved the problem. I called Fender and they said it's fine to remove. A little annoyed at GC for giving me the floor model, without box or cover, which I then spent an additional $25 on online to get a non-Fender branded cover. When you spend $1000 on an amp, it's annoying not to get the whole package. But overall the amp is fantastic and I couldn't be happier with it. Can't imagine ever replacing it as my primary amp. Looking forward to experimenting with different types of tubes over time (this is my first tube amp).

                       
                      5.0

                      This is one incredible Amplifier

                      By Joe Cass

                      from Lyndhurst, NJ

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      See all my reviews

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

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

                        The Fender Princeton Reverb Tube Amp is a very powerful workhorse to say the least. Incredible presence When turned up to sound like a large Concert Hall .

                         
                        1.0

                        too much hype, does not deliver

                        By Andreas

                        from undisclosed

                        Verified Buyer

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

                        I used it with several guitars. When I use it with a Gibson ES-345 even with bass set low the whole thing rattles and makes awful noise. Not the quality I expected with the reviews I read. Too bad I found issues too late to return it.Look for something else or make sure you test play it in a louder setup to make sure it does not have any issues.

                        Displaying reviews 1-20

                        Back to Top

                        Previous | Next »

                        You are changing the Ship-To country.

                        Our product catalog varies by country due to manufacturer restrictions. If you change the Ship-To country, some or all of the items in your cart may not ship to the new destination.