Fender '68 Custom Princeton Reverb Guitar Combo Amplifier

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The reissued Fender '68 Custom Princeton Reverb reissue updates this legendary amp's classic all-tube sound with modern sensitivity and increased overdrive.

The '68 Custom Princeton Reverb Guitar Combo Amplifier is one of Fender's recently re-issued Custom Series "silverface" amplifiers. These amps celebrate the landmark year when Fender brought the electric guitar amplifier into new sonic territory with a tube-driven tone that has long since become legendary.

A Great Amp for Recording -- Just Like the Original

This amp's single 10-inch Celestion speaker delivers a tightly focused and manageable tone, that makes it easy to get a great sound in the studio from the moment you mic it up. When you want a clean sound, the '68 Custom Princeton Reverb presents a shimmering tone with lots of color and overtones. And when you push the gain a little further, you'll find plenty of compelling and musical crunch sounds to play with.

Two Inputs On One Channel

The '68 Custom Princeton Reverb is a single-channel amplifier with two 1/4-inch inputs that can be used individually or in tandem.

The Volume, Treble, and Bass knobs allow you to shape the overall contour of your tone, while the Reverb, Speed, and Intensity knobs allow you to dial up "wet" tones that range from surf and rockabilly to flat-out psychedelic and cosmic.

All-Tube Amplifier

The The '68 Custom Princeton Reverb gets its distinctive sound from 3 x 12AX7 and 1 X 12AT7 preamp tubes. 2 x 6V6 power tubes amplify this vintage sound to move 12 watts of power. The single 10-inch Celestion TEN 30 yields a super-manageable output, allowing you to push the preamp as far as read more you like without becoming too loud for studio work. With so much nuance in a small amp, you can explore a whole world of tonal range just adjusting the Volume knob.

Eternally Cool Design

1968 was also a year that Fender nailed a truly timeless aesthetic, creating a look that has stood the test of time. The black textured vinyl covering is contrasted with a silver-turquoise grille cloth that immediately achieves a classic look. Meanwhile, the famous aluminum drip edge grille cloth trim that looks as distinguished onstage as always. The blue jewel pilot light glows as beautifully as ever, while the skirted control knobs pop with their elegant nickel-plated caps.

Johnny K talks about the Fender '68 Custom Princeton Reverb in this zZounds' exclusive video:


- 3 x 12AX7 and 1 X 12AT7 Preamp Tubes
- 2 x 6V6 Power Tubes
- 1 x 5AR4 Rectifier Tube
- 1 x 10-inch Celestion TEN 30 Speaker
- 2 x 1/4-inch Inputs on one channel
- Tube-driven Reverb
- Volume, Treble, Bass, Reverb, Speed, and Intensity controls
- 8 Ohm nominal Impedance
- Black Textured Vinyl Covering with Silver-Turquoise Grille Cloth
- Blue Jewel Pilot Light
- Skirted Amp Knobs
- 2-Button Footswitch Included
- Fitted Amplifier Cover Included
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- Series: Vintage Modified
- Amplifier Type: Tube
- Speaker: One - 10" Celestion(R) TEN 30
- Inputs: Two - (1/4", Input 2 is at -6dB)
- Speaker Jack: Two 1/4" Parallel
- Controls: Volume, Treble, Bass, Reverb, Speed, Intensity
- Effects: Reverb, Vibrato
- Impedance: 8 Ohms
- Preamp Tubes: 3 x 12AX7, 1 X 12AT7
- Power Tubes: 2 x 6V6
- Rectifier Tube: 1 x 5AR4
- Cover/Grille Cloth: Black Textured Vinyl Covering with Silver-Turquoise Grille Cloth
- Pilot Light Jewel: Blue Jewel
- Height: 16" (40.6 cm)
- Width: 19.875" (50.5 cm)
- Depth: 9.5" (24.13 cm)
- Weight: 34 lbs. (15.7 kg)
- Other Features: Modified Princeton Reverb circuit with all-tube circuitry, hand-wired tube sockets, custom-made Schumacher transformers (like the originals), genuine Fender tube-driven spring reverb, genuine Fender tube-driven tremolo ("vibrato"), 1968-style Silverface aluminum trim around silver-turquoise grille cloth, five-year warranty
- Handle: Molded Plastic Strap with Nickel-Plated Caps
- Knobs: Skirted Amp Knobs
- Wattage: 12 Watts
- Channels: One
- Control Panel: Silverface Style
- Included Accessories: 2-Button Footswitch, Fitted Amplifier Cover

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 800-488-1818

Fender '68 Custom Princeton Reverb Amp

1968 was a transitional year for Fender amps, with tone that was still pure Fender but a look that was modern. With a silver-and-turquoise front panel and classy aluminum "drip edge" grille cloth trim, the Princeton Reverb received a fresh face as it remained the perfect recording and gigging amp. Small, light and moderately powered, it produced big tube tone, with world-class Fender reverb and vibrato effects. For countless guitarists ever since, the Princeton Reverb has been the go-to amp for classic Fender sound. The Fender '68 Custom Princeton Reverb Amp pays tribute to the classic look, sound and performance of Fender's late-'60s "silverface" amps. In a special twist, a modified tone circuit gives modern players greater tonal flexibility with pedals, and the amp's reduced negative feedback gives greater touch sensitivity and quicker onset of overdrive. The '68 Custom Princeton Reverb's single 10" Celestion(R) TEN 30 speaker also delivers a more distinctively rock 'n' roll flavor.

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. (8 ratings)
Submitted April 9, 2014 by steven r in rowley, MA


Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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I purchased this from ZZ as a B-Stock, and it is in perfect condition. The sound is amazing, I got rid of my hand-wired boutique amp with 6V6 tubes for this one. It sounds absolutely amazing with my strat and tele. My MIA PRS gets great crunch, in the main input, but you need to use teh secondary input to get a clean tone out of it. This amp is louder than you might think, gets louder up till about 5 and then just gets crunchier, but not tweedish crunch, more like a British crunch (must be the speaker they paired with it). I had some fun this weekend and maxed out the amp with my Strat and it was tonal bliss and the amp cleaned up nice when i rolled the dial back and the strat cleaned up beautifully. The amp is very touch responsive. I highly recommend this amp, if you need something louder just mic it!

Musical Background:

Hobbyist, playing for 18 years, Own a MIA PRS, MIA Tele, Vintage Gretsch Semi-Hollow, MIJ Jackson

Musical Style:

Southern Blues, Rock, Hard Rock
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