Small, lightweight and moderately powered, the Fender ’68 Custom Princeton Reverb has been a recording and gigging favourite with many players for quite a while. This new FSR ‘Black & Blue’ Limited Edition has just been announced and has a few subtle upgrades. But are they enough to warrant the upped price tag? Let us take you through this new updated version of a classic amp.
FSR Black & Blue Limited Edition
Limited to just 100 units for European release, the new Fender ’68 FSR Black & Blue Princeton is covered in black lacquered tweed with a matching black grille cloth and comes loaded with a single 12” Celestion Blue Alnico speaker rather than the standard 10” Celestion Ten 30 speaker.
Usually, you would expect a Custom ’68 Princeton reverb to look more like these and so this new limited colour scheme really does set these apart from a standard model.
Specification-wise, the ’68 Custom Princeton Reverb has a pair of 6V6 output valves, one 5AR4 rectifier valves, three 12AX7 preamp valves, one 12AT7 valve, tube-driven Fender reverb, tube vibrato and a two-button footswitch for reverb and vibrato on/off control.
The reverb on Fender’s Princeton Reverb amps is generally pretty lush-sounding and I the 12″ speaker upgrade on these might give it more depth – and perhaps a touch more headroom before it breaks up…
Each amp also comes with a “Limited Edition” FSR badge, so you know that it is a little different from the standard run. The price is quite reasonable for this amp, a regular one would normally retail for GBP £959 so when you factor in the speaker upgrade (GBP £199 each normally), it looks like decent deal. It’s a pity there are only 100 units available in Europe, though.
If you need a light gigging amp with classic tones and a really nice reverb, then you should consider these, as I think the regular version is pretty good value anyway. No official details on the Fender site in Europe yet, but Thomann has one listed, with full details.
Fender ’68 Custom Princeton Reverb FSR Black & Blue Limited Edition RRP – GBP 1,149
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- That 12" Celestion Blue Alnico speaker is nestled nicely in the back: Fender/Thomann