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Great Amp

By cyprtomatt Ontario, 19/06/2019
i generally bought my gear for personal use.

Started with a strat knock off and a Peavy amp .Both nasty but get what you pay for .


I like many types of musics rock ,pop etc
I ended up walking into the RockIn Guitars Mt Lawley Perth West Australia

picked up something a little different from a marshal ,ended up with the Princeton 65 .Amp was pretty steep around $1000 AUS.After testing it it sounded so good i didnt bother looking at the Marshals .
Anyhow this thing is a great amp.there is no way i have ever gone beyond volume 3 it is so loud and clean though .This thing packs a hell of a punch .I play at home usually on level 1.5 or 2-2.5 if there's a thunderstorm or something loud enough to mask the noise or the neighbours will have me for it which is way loud enough .It's incredibly loud and controlled and capable of anything you throw at it pity it didnt go to 11 though (spinal tap joke) :)
The treble,mid and bass are nice and clean enough for me .Reverb is really nice For something that is 19 years old now and never complained once i think i got a good quality amp .
The control knobs are capable of being broken which i have done on one of them.But the controllers have never broken .
The one thing i wish it had was a headphone jack ,so you can practice in peace .
Distortion is great ,but not absolutely perfect ,cant complain though it still sounds great .My jack plugs need a clean which i have to get to one day ,it gets dusty down my way and they can be a bit noisy with a slight move of the new chord .
When people say these amps are loud ,they actually mean they will permanently screw your hearing up if you over use the volume too often ,its that kind of loud they are talking about.but its a clean loud low distortion which allows you to become reckless at times.I have never had it over 5 by the way and that was just to see what it was like ,it was just over the top ,my dog shit himself i didnt see him for the next half hour .I wouldnt do that again .I am very happy with it though .if i got another amp it would be great to just have something with a different character ,different tones for a bit of fun if i felt like spending the money.I have a gibson epiphone and it sounds great through this,also the ibanez RG470 oddly sounds good as well as i would have expected it to be more suited to a marshal my take only..I dont need to upgrade anymore for what i do though.Its a great amp..

A Little Classic

By karlthec, 23/10/2016
I play in a power pop covers band in the UK (The Fadeouts) I got this amp as a backup to my incredibly heavy Mesa Boogie Single Rectoverb 60, we play 10CC/Pilot/Be Bop Deluxe and much more besides (Lovin' Spoonful/Blur/Squeeze/Gigilo Aunts/Kinks)

I have used this amp live and I can honestly say it has exceeded my expectations, the guitars I use with it, untreated other than echo are a Gibson Les Paul Studio and a Fender USA Strat, the clean channel is everything you would expect from a Fender, clear and warm, the revelation to me was this is the only Fender Amp I have played that has a great overdrive channel, it really took me by surprise, while my Mesa has a beautiful sound, the Princeton has a lot of middle that makes it cut through the mix, it's bass is very good too.

I also play a Rickenbacker 660/12 with a compressor and 7 band graphic through the clean channel, it took the guitar to another dimension that the Mesa could only dream of.

I have seen a lot of people complaining about a Telecaster suffering from too much treble after volume 5 with this amp, I am not sure what the state of these peoples hearing is but I have never needed to play over volume 3 on this amp, maybe they were playing the Hollywood Bowl !!!! any fool knows a Tele is treble heavy so turn down the treble on the amp.

There are issues with the tone/volume pots being directly connected to the PCB, if the amp has been mistreated they will be loose, no need to worry about this too much, they can either be reconnected or an expert can hard wire a pot for you, but make sure you get it at a reduced price to compensate for this work.

The pros are it is a brilliant amp that is light in weight and easy to set up tonally,plus once you have set up both channels you do not have to make many changes when playing live.

The cons are while it is a durable amp and works even if you don't fix the pot problems mentioned, you do have to treat it with respect and take care of it.

I can only say with the guitars I have used with it I didn't believe I was playing through a solid state amp, it is not like the more modern day budget Fender amps which are generally all power and no finesse, this one really does have a classy, distinctive and powerful sound, I love it and my Mesa has become my backup.........this little amp is that good.

Amp collector comparable to its big brother tube

By kazumi, 28/03/2014
65w transistor with Dynatouch system that attack and crunch it to favorite pick, like a lamp

2 clear channels and "saturated that works very well in drive" (the Stones)
2 instrument inputs (2 may be a less strong

taken effect loop 1 input, 1 output
jack footswitch control channels

Clear channel "Clean" Volume, Bass, Treble
Saturated crunch channel "Drive": Gain, Volume, Bass, Mid, Treble, Reverb

Hp 12 "Fender design" (his fender hot)


Simple config as the old amp "before",
pity he did not put a medium setting on the clean channel, "there have funny habits Fender,
I did not have the manual to purchase "used" but it is useless,
The sound is downright floydien without adding other effects that already has reverb, saturation occurs naturally with controlled variation of the game, ideal to play a guitar with the same brand (or other)
One branch!! it sounds!!


very well for my style of music, sixties and seventies rock and prog, but the amp is ultra versatile nickel with pedals!
I play Steinberger, telecaster and also stratovolcano (clear and drive sounds), a very good deal for the price I got "250 euros" at this price point, there is no hesitation "real the fender without "plastic model" as before.
"It was better before"!


Very well, "when you have a good clear sound, you can do whatever you want behind, just the color with a string of pedals or a good multi-effects (they are" less plastic now "if if !)
So yes, if I had the choice again, without hesitation I will take the same ", not bulky and not too heavy with a" true sound "at a price more than adequate for the quality

very good versatile amp

By ricoute, 05/03/2014
ATTENTION: I think this product mixture 2 products!

1 / Princeton Reverb Amp is a tube amp 15w 1100 €
2/65 Princeton tout court; Transistor amplifier 65w which is no longer sold t it seems!

My opinion therefore focuses on the 2nd

2 channels clean and drive
2 normal & high input (normal / high)

jack send / return loop
remote terminal channels

65w transistor with exclusive dynamic touch system simulating the response of a real tube amp

Clear channel "Clean" Volume, Bass, Treble
Saturated crunch channel "Drive": Gain, Volume, Bass, Mid, Treble, Reverb


classical configuration

we get a good sound easily clean or drive


Yes, the panel is wide from jazz to rock but quality reminiscent of a light grain also

but rather crystalline fat with Gibson

Strato japan and Epiphone Les Pauls

Rather clean but the drive does demerit because it remains in a grain Fender way Stones, kravitz

No sounds that I hate but rather a preference for normal clean


a little more than one year

I knew what I wanted and I was totally conquered

versatility, quality construction, making it easily transportable size for use at home very controllable and even rehearsal stage.

R / Q / P is very good especially in time, relative to the field Vibrolux Xd and super Xd/X2 field too compressed issue sounds and a mid setting

Yes without hesitation
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Fender Princeton 65 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:Fender
  • Model:Princeton 65
  • Series:Dyna-Touch
  • Category:Solid-State Combo Guitar Amps
  • Added in our database on: 01/16/2003

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