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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: Vintage (before 1985) / 68 Princeton Reverb

182PC

USA

Apr 27th, 2016 10:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I believe that I have an early 68 PRSF based on trans. codes of 7-40,
6-25, 7-21 and a speaker (Jenson gold/brown) code of 220618, wk 18 of 1966 I think. I believe that it has had four caps replaced with what I believe to be Phillips foil caps. The telex has some blistering and the grill cloth has been poorly changed. Two prong plug. Chassis looks to be in great shape. And I believe to be nearly identical to a BF.
My question is what to do with this amp. Because of being a SF and the cab. issues it won't ever be worth a lot. So what repairs/ mods to do? I want that old BF tone. I can do the work myself. It had a 5U4in it.

super mario
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tone to the bone no other way
Apr 27th, 2016 10:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

182PC - Sounds like a neat little amp (have a couple of BF Princetons (one a Dec'64 BFPR and the other a Jan'64 BFWK non-reverb). From what I have read here and other places, the Princeton Reverb was the least messed with in terms of the Fender-CBS era. You are most likely sitting pretty with an already BF Princeton - there are amp guru's here that can offer a great in depth analysis.

(This message was last edited by super mario at 09:56 AM, Apr 28th, 2016)

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American Patriot

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Apr 27th, 2016 11:00 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yep, your Princeton Reverb is basically the same as a blackface. If I were you, I would simply play it and enjoy it. If you sell, you will regret it.

roadhog96

USA / CT.

Apr 27th, 2016 06:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

What's the stamped serial number in the upper right rear of the chassis?

(This message was last edited by roadhog96 at 05:07 PM, Apr 28th, 2016)

182PC

USA

Apr 27th, 2016 08:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A17527 is stamped on the right side. Thanks for the replies. I am going to do a cap job, and replace the 5U4 with the original GZ, also missing was one of the 6V6's, so a matched pair is in order. A new 3 prong plug. As far as I can see that's just to get it up and running. I just don't know much about Mods that should be done like the Stokes
or others.

BbendFender
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American Patriot

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Apr 27th, 2016 09:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Don't mod it. It is too nice to change.

roadhog96

USA / CT.

Apr 28th, 2016 08:31 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Judging by that serial number it looks like your Blackface Princeton Reverb was made after mid 67. It's a 67 not a 68.

(This message was last edited by roadhog96 at 10:34 AM, Apr 28th, 2016)

182PC

USA

Apr 28th, 2016 02:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yes , I suspect the chassis was made in 67 but it is a silver face
started in 68.

roadhog96

USA / CT.

Apr 28th, 2016 04:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yes , I suspect the chassis was made in 67 but it is a silver face started in 68.

Yes, there were a few 68 that were actually made in 67 so technically they are 67 models even though they we're the first Silverface models to be produced for the 68 model year. They were not manufactured in 68.

My Silverface Deluxe Reverb was an early 67 production. There were 2000 made in 67 mine is 760. Blackface all the way including Blackline faceplate, Snoman 8 knobs, first version SF grill cloth etc.

These are the coolest Silverface amps and the rarest.

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Apr 29th, 2016 09:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

And of course Fender had to reissue the drip edge model and ruin the novelty for those of us that have the original blackline amps......Oh what a cruel world this is ;~)

roadhog96

USA / CT.

Apr 29th, 2016 11:50 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I wondered for the longest time why Fender never reissued a SF seeing how they did it with the Blackface and long and behold they finally did. Neither Blackface or Silverface reissuses are any match for the vintage amps by any means. They look good but when it comes to servicing them or matching tone the vintage amps wins hands down.

(This message was last edited by roadhog96 at 09:29 PM, Apr 29th, 2016)

groovemaster
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Apr 29th, 2016 01:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well stated! As well, we can't forget the mojo of the cigarette burns on the tolex and nicotine patina on the grillcloth!!!

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Vance Erickson
Apr 29th, 2016 02:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Nicotine patina, yes...

When I was playing one of my first gigs with my brand new 1968 SF Super Reverb, someone threw a water balloon full of chocolate milk over a fence and it broke right in front of the amp. No damage, but it had a chocolate milk stain on it until the day it was stolen.

Not quite the mojo of cigarette burns between the nut and the string tree on a Strat headstock, but it was the best I could do at that age.

182PC

USA

Apr 30th, 2016 05:51 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The grill cloth and drip edge has been changed . Where can I get the drip edge with molded corners?

roadhog96

USA / CT.

Apr 30th, 2016 01:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

What do you mean the drip edge has been changed? Changed to what?
Nobody I know of sells the original aluminum pieces. Even the advertised original grill cloth isn't the same as the original.

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