Fender Silverface Princeton Reverb

Model/Circuit Number: AB868, AB1270, AA1164 
Years of Production:
1968 – 1981
Era: Silverface
Configuration: Combo
Controls: Silver, forward facing w/ blue labels
Knobs: Black skirted w/ chrome center, numbered 1 – 10

  • Front: In, In, Vol, Treb, Bass, Rev, Speed, Intensity – Pilot Lamp
  • Rear: AC Outlet, Ground Sw, Fuse (1A), Power Sw, Speaker Jack, Ex. Speaker Jack, Vibrato Jack


  • Dimensions: 20” x 16”x 9½”
  • Hardware: Medium Chassis Straps 4 5/8”
  • Handle: Black Strap Handle
  • Feet: Glides
  • Corners: None


Covering Material

  • Tolex/Tweed: Black Tolex
  • Grill Cloth: 68 – 69 Blue Sparkle Grill Cloth with Aluminum Frame ; 70 – 75: Blue Sparkle Grill Cloth ; 76 – 80: Orange and Silver Grill Cloth

Logo: Grill mounted, raised, chrome & black script
Weight: 31 lbs.

Effects: Reverb, Tremolo
~Watts: 12-15 watts

  • Pre amp: 7025
  • Power: 2 x 6V6GT

Bias: Fixed, Nonadjustable
Rectifier: GZ34 (early) or 5U4GB (70s)

Comments: Fender switched back to the blackface era cosmetics some time in 1980. Princeton Reverbs produced between late 1980 and 1981 have a black control panel and silver sparkle grille cloth. A “Boost” pull switch was added to the Volume control around ’77

4 Responses to “Fender Silverface Princeton Reverb”

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  1. Comment by wachusettjazz — February 7, 2013 at 7:39 am   Reply

    I have a Silverface 69-69 with drip edge, It has been chopped down to just a “head” configuration, needing an external speaker cabinet, which I have paired with a Celestion 70-80. Anyone know how this affects the value?

    • Comment by Darren — September 8, 2015 at 12:17 pm   Reply

      If your amp has bewn chopped and made into a head only, the value of resale is greatly lowered. It retains person value to anyone that wants to achieve that warm tube sound. I have a 75 silverface with an old altec lansing replacement speaker. I love this amp have it since 1980. Will never sell.

  2. Comment by walter — July 1, 2017 at 7:19 pm   Reply

    I have one of these amps .I believe its a 69. I have had it for about 8 years and have yet to figure out what the ground switch on the back does. Any ideas?

    • Comment by Rob — August 14, 2017 at 9:48 am   Reply

      The ground switch was used (I believe) to switch which prong of the old 2 prong cord you would ground through. One side would have less hum than the other, depending. Don’t quote me on that.

      However! Does your amp currently have a 3-prong plug? If not, you should take it to a tech to have that done. The ground switch should be taken out of the circuit and made to be useless. If it does have a 3-prong plug, this has likely been done already.

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