Fender '64 Custom Princeton Reverb review

This hand-wired reissue of the world's favorite small amp might just spare you the over-heated vintage market

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Guitar World Verdict

Fender’s ’64 Custom Princeton Reverb delivers the timeless tone, features and performance that have made the blackface Princeton Reverb a coveted classic, but at a much more reasonable price than a vintage model.


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    Hand-wired, meticulous build.

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    Classic Princeton tone.

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    Jensen Alnico P10R is a great pairing.

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    Lives up to its reputation.

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    Cheaper than vintage models.


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Ask a guitarist to name the ultimate small amp, and a majority will likely choose the Fender Princeton. 

Partly thanks to session players like Tommy Tedesco and Steve Lukather, the Princeton is known as the most recorded amp in the world, but the amp has also appeared on stage and in the studio with rockers like Pete Townshend, Mike Campbell and St. Vincent, country pickers Clarence White, Marty Stuart and Kenny Vaughan and even jazz guitarists like Bill Frisell.

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.