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NAD - Tuxedo ‘64 Fender Princeton

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I picked this up from a local seller on Sunday. I put it through its paces tonight. Handles pedals great (fuzz, distortion, overdrive, and delay). This has the 6G2 circuit, the same circuit as in the 1961-63 Brownface Princetons. The transitional "tuxedo" Princetons are rare because they were only produced for about a year (late 1963- mid 64).

This amp is in great shape - looks good and sounds good. Very quiet and clean. It starts to break up at about volume 7 and gets grittier the further you go. Tremolo works perfectly. Also sounds outstanding with my '63 Fender Reverb Unit.

This amplifier is all original with the following exceptions done by previous owner(s):

  • Tubes: All replaced with old stock USA tubes (General Electric), all tested well in the good range.
  • Speaker: Replaced with a 12” Utah from same era
  • Grill cloth: Replaced with old grill cloth from a 1964 Tremolux speaker cabinet
  • 2-prong electric cord: Replaced with a 3-prong ground plug

Date Codes - Power Transformer: 606 350 1963 week 50
- Output Transformer: 606 349 1963 week 49
- Chassis: P07546 1964
- Tube Chart: NB 1964 Feb
- Speaker: 328 418 1964 week 18 Utah

You guys likely know all of this but since the seller mentioned it, I thought I'd add it for new folks interested in vintage Fender amps. "This era of Fender amp never had an amp Logo but was given white knobs to compliment the "new" black tolex look (aka the tuxedo Princeton). This year was the first year they offered the black tolex."

I'll try to get a demo video out soon for anyone interested in hearing it.

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Fantastic amp. I use a '65 PR all the time. Congrats.

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Yup, kool transitional model between brown circuit and black panel cosmetics almost, except no logo. Most black panels were in place by early 1964(?).

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Beauty there Steve, I've been gigging with my 65 Princeton, they work great. I put a 10" Gold in mine and it sounds wonderful

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I have one, too. Great amp with a circuit very similar to the tweed Vibrolux. I need to get the wimpy original CTS speaker out of there and put in something a little more beefy.

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Non verb Princeton’s are great and so light! I had a brown 6g2 and still have a black aa964

Love the look of the tuxedos

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Thanks, guys, much appreciated! I was pleasantly surprised by how loud it can get - not that I crank it up but I think it might be able to hold its own in a band (mic'd in clubs, of course).

GGJaguar, very nice! Is that the VIntage Select '53 Duo Jet? That's at the top of my GAS list. Congrats!

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Those are so cool. I’ve built a couple brown 6G2 Princeton’s and they’re very popular.

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Yup, it's the 53VS with a wide Bigsby handle and Melita bridge added to make it more 53-ish. And it sounds great through the Princeton!

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Yup, it's the 53VS with a wide Bigsby handle and Melita bridge added to make it more 53-ish. And it sounds great through the Princeton!

– GGJaguar

Looks great too. The VS series are exceptional looking and every one I’ve played has played and sounded great

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Great looking amp, congrats! I love that tuxedo look!

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I love the Tuxedo Princeton’s! I have two of them: one looks brand-new and the other looks looks dirty, rusty, and nasty. Guess which one sounds better? Yup, the ugly one. It’s sporting a Celestion blue (which is a great match and gives it a little more volume), NOS RCA preamp tubes and NOS Sylvania output tubes.

One thing to look at is the output tube bias. I’ve worked on probably ten of these amps, and on every one, the the stock resistor values in the bias circuit had the tubes biased between 12 and 16mA. You have to sub resistors to change the bias (there’s no adjustment pot), but the amps sound MUCH better to my ears biased at 25-26mA.

Beautiful amp. I hope you enjoy it!


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