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A lively little amp with the perfect balance of power, compression, and size, this Princeton is a stellar small-room amp.
Replaced baffle, original grill cloth, replaced output transformer for more clean headroom, correct spec power transformer dates to 1966, 10” Weber 10F150 speaker, serviced, and new ac cord. The amp sounds like a million bucks, and will make you throw away every effect pedal that you've ever owned.
There is a bit of flaking on the bridge cover and light wear on the body edges. The amp sounds incredible, with lots of life in the tubes, creamy compression, and plenty of volume.
The steel is a perfect match, with a strong pickup, and good looks.
Original hardshell case, with original fender-branded polishing cloth, patch cord, slide and picks. No changed circuitry but for a newer rectifier tube, this Champ does what it’s supposed to do, and does it well. Serial # 36652, Jensen P12R coded 220913 (early 1959), Capacitors and tubes also dated early 1959.
The GA-20T was Gibson’s answer to Fender’s popular Deluxe model.
Amp: Serial # C-05705, Tube chart dated November 1957, all part codes date 1957. Light scuffing on the tweed covering, no tears in the grille cloth, handle is perfect.
Original 1957 RCA 6V6 and 5Y3, Steel: Serial # -04930.
Tweed covering is in better than average condition, with rips only at the corners. Tube chart code: OK; transformers, pots and caps all dated late 1965, Speaker dated 11th week of 1966.
The Blackface Princeton Reverb is the amp everyone is after these days, and it doesn't take much time to figure out why.
The 6V6 powered amp offered about 16 watts through a Jensen 12” Al Ni Co speaker, foot-switchable tremolo, two channels, and small cabinet.
Its tone is all Gibson, though, with bite and edginess, a hard tremolo cut, and much color shaping with a turn of the tone control.
Completely original and unmodified, pots dated 1957, tuners work well, pickup measures 6.0 k Ohms. With its original hang-tag and cover, this factory stock Tweed 5F1 Fender Champ is a pretty special little amp.