Submitted September 27, 2013 by Jordan S in Westland, MI
"Fanfreakingtastic, and with the right pedals, a versatile amp!"
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I believe that this amp is THE amp for clean players. If you're a distortionist (like me), I encourage you to explore clean tone territory. You'll quickly fall in love with clean tones after playing with this baby. Don't worry though, fellow disters. With a good pedal, this amp can give you an insane dirty tone.
The sounds this amp can produce are nothing short of spectacular. The barebones clean tone is crystal clear and sounds good, but if you load up on the amp's reverb and tremolo, you can get a very haunting, bone chilling sound... I absolutely love it.
When it comes to distortion, unless you use pedals for that, you're gonna wanna steer clear of this amp. This amp was designed for clean tone players. However, I'm addicted to distortion so I got an MXR Fullbore pedal for my fix. The Princeton takes it VERY well and after doing some tweaking to the pedal and amp setting, I can get a monster metal tone.
The reverb and tremolo sound fantastic! The footswitch however, it sucks. It will not let you toggle the reverb and tremolo on simultaneously. Well, actually, I can, but the result is a pulsating and horrible sound coming from the speaker. It's only a footswitch issue, because I've found out two things. The reverb and tremolo can be used together and not make that awful noise without the footswitch, and I also took my footswitch to Guitar Center to see if the same thing would happen... which, it did. It's not a big problem because I'm not gigging at the moment, but I will have to get it solved before I find a band.
Ease of Use
There's 6 knobs. That's it. Very easy to dial in a sparkly clean tone. Distortion pedals can make it become a fire breathing dragon if need be. The amp takes effects nicely.
Besides the faulty footswitch, a very finely made amp. The shiny, silver grill perfectly sums up the tones you get - squeaky clean, sparkly, and beautiful. The overall color scheme is great too. It's not super heavy either. It is a little chunky, but certainly not a gorilla. It should be very simple to transport!
I definitely believe it's worth 1000 dollars. The tones and styling are fantastic. I chose this one over the Deluxe because the Deluxe has a little more low end. I prefer my cleans with less low end.
I called Fender today about the footswitch. I was on hold for 20 minutes. I hung up. Dang you, Fender. At least the footswitch isn't needed for my playing at the moment.
The Wow Factor
It's just so dang sexy... and it sings. My dream amp is a Marshall JCM800. When I finally acquire that and the 1960, this 65 Princeton Reverb will sit along side them.
1 year of self taught guitar.
80's Metal, Metalcoreish stuff, Surf, Funk, Classic Rock, Alternative, Electronic, HipHop... just to name a few
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