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Made between 1947 and 1979, the “Woody” (as it was called for its uncovered wood cabinet) was originally a lower-line Fender amplifier with no controls and only 3-watts of power. In 1961, the amp received an overhaul of features and capabilities and became a much-coveted recording tool.
Lawrence Katz (Mighty Mighty Bosstones guitarist) says, “There is something about the way it breaks up while retaining a chime. It never gets too mushy.” It is said that the Princeton is the MOST recorded amp. Adds Katz, “It’s got the grit of a Deluxe but the chime of a Twin.”
Its Tremolo and Reverb are much sought after. People say that having the reverb/tremolo circuit gives the amp a certain “special thing” whether engaged or not.
Ryan Adams loves it enough that it’s become a stage prop. And Mike Campbell from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ sound was arguably designed from this amp.
Fender has revived the line, so that tells you something about its popularity over the years.
Small amps pack a big punch.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Don Miggs is a singer/songwriter/producer and fronts the band miggs (Elm City/Capitol Records). His love affair with vintage instruments and gear only presents a problem when he’s awake. Find out more at miggsmusic.com, lalamansion.com, or his FM radio show, @miggsandswig.