Review: Fender's '62 Princeton Amp Chris Stapleton Edition is a stunning, no-nonsense reissue

Fender '62 Princeton Chris Stapleton Edition
(Image credit: Fender)

There is little doubt the Fender Princeton is a coveted amp. “But which one?!? Tweed? Blackface? Silverface?” All of them, my friends, all of them.

That said, the one serendipitous electric-powered wallflower that often gets overlooked is the Brown-era Princeton amp, which was produced from ’61 to ’63. Hell, even Grammy-winning country artist Chris Stapleton sheepishly admitted he found his ’62 Princeton - the one this Princeton is based on - gathering dust in the corner of a music store.

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Paul Riario

Paul Riario has been the tech/gear editor and online video presence for Guitar World for over 25 years. Paul is one of the few gear editors who has actually played and owned nearly all the original gear that most guitarists wax poetically about, and has survived this long by knowing every useless musical tidbit of classic rock, new wave, hair metal, grunge, and alternative genres. When Paul is not riding his road bike at any given moment, he remains a working musician, playing in two bands called SuperTrans Am and Radio Nashville.