This new Fender Tone Master Princeton Reverb combo offers an all-digital 12-watt version of the classic tube combo. This is the latest budget offering in the Tone Master series of amplifiers. But how close to a real tube amp will it actually feel and sound?
Fender Tone Master Princeton Reverb
Fender’s Tone Master Princeton Reverb is the latest vintage-inspired recreation in their digital amp range. Offering the classic 12-watt tube combo at a much lower price point, because this time there are no tubes. This combo has two inputs and controls for volume, treble, bass, reverb level, tremolo speed and tremolo intensity.
On the rear panel, you will find the on/off switch and a mute switch. The amp also can be run at either the full 12 watts or dropped down to 6, 3, 1.5,0.75 or 0.3 watts via the power scaling control on the rear. It also comes with an XLR output for recording. This output has two cabinet simulations, or you can use your own Impulse Responses. Unfortunately, there is no headphone output on this combo, which is a shame.
The Tone Master Princeton Reverb is powered by a single 10″ Jensen Special Design speaker. This speaker uses a ceramic magnet and not a neodymium one like the ones on other Tone Master amps. I guess at 10.5 kilograms it is already a pretty lightweight combo and so Fender can save some money by using the slightly heavier speaker.
Price and Release
The amp has yet to appear on the main Fender site, however, a few UK dealers are already showing it for sale and are listing it at £799. Which makes it cheaper than a regular all-tube Princeton. As they are normally around £1.2k-£2k plus each, depending on which version you opt for.
It is now showing up on the main Fender site, and you can check all the details here.
Hopefully, we will get an official Fender demo video soon, so that we can all hear how it sounds. The shipping date quoted at dealers is 17 November 2022, so not long to wait for these.
MSRP – GBP 799 including cover and two-button footswitch
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