Magazine article Guitar Player

Fender '65 Princeton Reverb

Magazine article Guitar Player

Fender '65 Princeton Reverb

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DOING A BENCH TEST OF A FENDER PRINCETON REVERB IS A LITTLE BIT LIKE WRITING A REVIEW OF Led Zeppelin I. Everybody knows that it's great and what can possibly be said that hasn't already been said? Well. here goes. Fender has reissued their diminutive classic under the nora d'amp of the '65 Princeton Reverb. The '65 relies on a pair of 6V6 power tubes to pump 15 watts into a single 10" speaker. The controls are totally straightforward--there's not much to do except plug in. turn up, and go--which I did with a Fender Strat and a PRS SC 245.

With the Volume at three and the Bass and Treble at five, the '65 dishes out the classic Fender clean tone. It's warm. round, and sparkly. It instantly translates every picking nuance and pickup selection in a beautiful fashion. Switching the reverb on gets you even deeper into Fender dreamland for an amazing tone that simply doesn't need anything else. So, of course, I had to kick the trem on. This effect (famously--and incorrectly--called Vibrato) produces a luscious, hypnotic tone that you just want to eat with a spoon. Even at the highest Intensity settings it won't do a choppy, on/off square-wave stutter, but I didn't mind at all. Getting the Volume up past five brings out that great swampy Fender grind. The bass response can get a little muddy, so the louder I played, the lower I ran that control. The '65 cleans up great if you roll of the guitar's volume, and with the amp flat out I had the full range of clean to dirty. This is also an incredibly pedal friendly amp and everything from a Tube Screamer to an Electro-Harmonix Metal Muff sounded killer. …

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