Fender '68 Custom Princeton Reverb

ZackyDog

Friend of Fred
Feb 6, 2015
7,491
In the USA
Greetings.

What a sweet little amp. It actually has a tweed Bassman tone-stack from what I have read, unlike a '65 Blackface. Tube rectifier, maple/birch plywood cabinet, custom-made Schumacher transformers, Fender tube-driven spring reverb and tremolo, etc.

 
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twangmanster

Gretschie
Dec 29, 2021
136
Long Island
I have the 68 Custom Twin Reverb myself and its my main amp (these days!) But seriously, I think these are a great line of amps. But, does the Princeton have a tube rectifier? I think its solid state. No matter, just wondering.
 

Drifter

Gretschie
Dec 27, 2012
425
Fun City
I have the 68 Custom Twin Reverb myself and its my main amp (these days!) But seriously, I think these are a great line of amps. But, does the Princeton have a tube rectifier? I think its solid state. No matter, just wondering.

The 68 Custom Princeton has a tuber rectifier. The amp is outstanding in all aspects in getting that Princeton Fender tone
 
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THISISDINOSAUR

Electromatic
Oct 21, 2019
88
London
I have a surf green 68 with a Celestion Greenback. I love the reverb on it. As you can see above I a have a RI fender reverb unit, but I honestly prefer the one on the Princeton. It doesn't drip as much, but it's much luscious and less harsh

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ZackyDog

Friend of Fred
Feb 6, 2015
7,491
In the USA
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Chmason85

Synchromatic
May 1, 2018
958
Philadelphia
I had one of these for a while, such a great amp but mine had this crazy rattling/hissing sound that nobody could diagnose. I heard that was a problem with some of them. I would gladly get another amp from the 68 custom series, probably a deluxe reverb.
 

ZackyDog

Friend of Fred
Feb 6, 2015
7,491
In the USA

Chmason85

Synchromatic
May 1, 2018
958
Philadelphia
One of our members solved it here:

https://www.gretsch-talk.com/threads/weird-rattle-noise-in-68-custom-princeton-solved.208654/

That '68 Deluxe looks nice; 2 channels---1 with a '65 circuit and 1 with a Tweed Bassman circuit.

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I really want a deluxe! I currently have a Vox handwired AC15, I really love it and I can actually play it at low volume at my apartment since it can be switched to master volume. I’ve read people saying deluxes are crazy loud and not good for home use?
 

ZackyDog

Friend of Fred
Feb 6, 2015
7,491
In the USA
I really want a deluxe! I currently have a Vox handwired AC15, I really love it and I can actually play it at low volume at my apartment since it can be switched to master volume. I’ve read people saying deluxes are crazy loud and not good for home use?

Not sure. The '68 Deluxe Reverb is *22 watts which looks (relatively) loud to me. I had a hand wired AC15, but went down to an AC4HW1 so that I could get the clean sustain I wanted without a compressor and to keep the decibels lower.

I love AC30s but they are just too loud.

*I recall playing a vintage Deluxe Reverb decades ago. I don't remember having to crank it to get the sustain and fullness to bring out the a good clean and representative Gretsch G6118 sound.
 

Chmason85

Synchromatic
May 1, 2018
958
Philadelphia
Not sure. The '68 Deluxe Reverb is *22 watts which looks (relatively) loud to me. I had a hand wired AC15, but went down to an AC4HW1 so that I could get the clean sustain I wanted without a compressor and to keep the decibels lower.

I love AC30s but they are just too loud.

*I recall playing a vintage Deluxe Reverb decades ago. I don't remember having to crank it to get the sustain and fullness to bring out the a good clean and representative Gretsch G6118 sound.
AC30’s are brutally loud, I prefer the 15 because I can get the natural overdrive from cranking it up and it easily keeps up with my drummer. I used to have the AC15 2x12 but the weight was ridiculous, almost 70 pounds as I remember…
 

TV the Wired Turtle

Gretschified
Jul 25, 2009
14,457
Sandy Eggo
Greetings.

What a sweet little amp. It actually has a tweed Bassman tone-stack from what I have read, unlike a '65 Blackface. Tube rectifier, maple/birch plywood cabinet, custom-made Schumacher transformers, Fender tube-driven spring reverb and tremolo, etc.



the hard part I have w a demo like this, is that it feels like the Strymon Iridium was set too lean. If I barely turn up the bass on mine, its really fat. Doesnt feel anywhere near as good as the real princeton but the sound is uncanny. Ironically the Marshall setting in clean "feels the most amp like" to me.

The robot world is getting scary but its so cold, so clinical feeling. No warm paper and ferrous magnets vibrating and rubbing, no hot n glowering thermionics, no expanding and contracting organic wood... be damned cyber-verse.

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pmac11

Country Gent
Mar 4, 2018
3,605
Toronto, Ontario
the hard part I have w a demo like this, is that it feels like the Strymon Iridium was set too lean. If I barely turn up the bass on mine, its really fat. Doesnt feel anywhere near as good as the real princeton but the sound is uncanny. Ironically the Marshall setting in clean "feels the most amp like" to me.

The robot world is getting scary but its so cold, so clinical feeling. No warm paper and ferrous magnets vibrating and rubbing, no hot n glowering thermionics, no expanding and contracting organic wood... be damned cyber-verse.

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The times they are a changin'
 


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