Fender Narrow Panel Tweed Princeton

Model/Circuit Number: 5E2, 5F2, 5F2-A 
Years of Production:
1955 – 1960
Era: Narrow Panel
Configuration: Combo
Controls: Chrome top facing w/ white screened labels, controls numbered 1-12
Knobs: Black Chicken Head

  • Front: 5E2, 5F2: Fuse (2A), Pilot Lamp, Tone/Power Sw, Vol, In, In ; 5F2-A: Fuse(¾A), Power Sw, Pilot Lamp, Tone, Vol, In, In
  • Rear:


  • Dimensions: Narrow Panel: 1955: 12½” x 13½” x 8”, 1955-1960: 16¾” x 18” x 8¾”
  • Hardware: None
  • Handle: Leather Handle
  • Feet: Glides
  • Corners: None


Covering Material

  • Tolex/Tweed: Diagonal Tweed
  • Grill Cloth: Brown Grill Cloth

Logo: Cabinet mounted, Script

~Watts: 4 1/2 watts

  • Pre amp: 12AX7
  • Power: 6V6GT (single ended)

Bias: Cathode Bias
Rectifier: 5Y3GT

Comments: Model 5E2: The Princeton circuit gained a filter choke and a negative feedback loop. Model 5F2-A: The filter choke is removed from the circuit. The speaker jack is located on the bottom of the chassis.

5 thoughts on “Fender Narrow Panel Tweed Princeton

  • September 17, 2011 at 2:15 am

    I have a handbuilt clone of this amplifier, where the builder selected each component by hand and built it to exacting specs (with the exception of a 12″ alnico blue in a deluxe size cabinet) and it is more than enough at rehearsals to do the Neil Young, Steve Earle, old school gritty blues rock and country sounds that you would expect from a nice old tweed amplifier.  I carry this, an xotic ep booster and a guitar in and I’m ready to go.

    • July 16, 2012 at 10:14 am

      That’s so funny.  I have a 1958 tweed Princeton and all I use is the xotic ep boost.  Really gives it the punch it needs.

  • January 4, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    Indeed the clean boost is a great match with the little Tweeds….I like to have a reverb too for cleaner tones.

  • January 4, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    I have an EP-Pre by ClinchFX (mimics old tape delay pre-amp) I love for just a few dB’s. I also have the good old xotic EP Boost. I have been using Andy Fuchs’ Plush reverb pedal after dismissing attempts like VanAmps reverbmate and the Boss FRV-1. My budget doesnt allow the authentic Fender analog unit.

  • June 15, 2016 at 6:19 am

    I’m building a clone of this amp right now. I’m using an Eminence Rajin’ Cajun’ speaker. Should be a good sounding little unit. All components are top-shelf, Mil-spec.


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