Blackface Princeton Reverb® Style Amplifier Kit
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The Blackface Princeton Reverb has been a staple in guitar tone since its inception in 1964. Similar to the idea behind the Vibrochamp, the Princeton Reverb was essentially all the good parts of its predecessor, the Tweed Princeton, but with a long-spring reverb and tube-driven tremolo circuit added. These amps were ideal not only for use in the studio, but for traveling and gigging with as well. Over the years the Princeton Reverb has worked its way into the gear repertoire of many renowned guitarists such as Ryan Adams, Larry Carlton, Glen Campbell, and Tommy Tedesco.
The Mojotone Princeton Reverb style amp is a 12-15 watt miniature giant that goes well with a Jensen C10Q 10” 35 watt speaker. Like the original Blackface era Princetons, the Mojotone amp has the added gain stage after the reverb that pushes the amp to a thicker level of saturation when the amp is pushed. This effect, mixed with the smooth compression of the 6V6 tubes and the classic tone of the Jensen speaker makes for a creamy and soulful tone with a ton of character.
The amp has one channel with two inputs. Input 1 is slightly hotter where input 2 is just a bit more mellow. The advantage here is the ability to plug in a guitar with single coils to input 1 and a guitar with humbuckers to input 2 without having to worry about making manual adjustments to the amp’s volume level when switching guitars. The control panels from left to right reads “volume, treble, bass, reverb, speed, and intensity.” This means you get all the unique tonal qualities of the classic AA1164 circuit as without having to spend hours dialing in the right sound with too many knobs. This amp is designed to give any guitarist a pure, articulate tone that is appropriate for any setting and handles a pedal chain beautifully. Just plug your guitar in and you’ll be jammin’ “Surfin’ USA” in no time.
- Class Type:AB All Tube Amplifier
- Output:~12-15 Watts
- Bias Type:Fixed
- Build Time:~5 hours
- Preamp Tubes: ECC83/12AX7 (3), ECC81/12AT7 (1)
- Output Tube(s): 6V6GT (2)
- Rectifier Tube: 5AR4 / GZ34
- Transformers:Power - BF Princeton Reverb (MOJO760EX), Output - BF Princeton Reverb (MOJO772), Reverb Driver - (MOJO776)
- Hardware:Princeton Reverb Small Parts Kit, Princeton Reverb Chassis, Front & Rear Faceplates, Fender style 2-button Footswitch, 4AB3C1B Reverb Tank, Black Tolex Reverb Bag, Vintage Reverb Wire Kit, 10' Install Power Cord
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This amp kit also comes with the following documents. Please feel free to view and/or download them:
Blackface Princeton Reverb Schematic
Blackface Princeton Reverb Wiring Diagram
Blackface Princeton Reverb Instruction Manual
Ratings & Reviews
I knew it be good but wow!
by Aaron -
This was my 4th kit build from Mojotone I upgraded some of the caps to Jupiter and a Soursound output transformer, the amp just blows me away really quiet and just sounds fantastic, currently its running through 2-12 jensens. Take your time and you'll have one great amp.
Excellence and Big Sound
by Uncle Micky -
This was my first build and I have moderate electronics skills. I used old tubes such as 50's RCA 6V6's etc. and it is a marvel of 20th century audio. It sounds great with every guitar. Great for jazz and blues especially on its own, it loves pedals. It can't due squeaky clean but that's not what you buy a PR for.
I added Weber 12A125A alnico speakers. (Both are 12".)
I've been using this amp for a few years and it has performed flawlessly and sounds astoundingly good. I have put hundreds of hours on it with zero problems.
The reverb spring unit supplied is lush and harmonically rich.
I couldn't be happier or more satisfied with this amp! MojoTone really cares, their customer service is great and the quality is definitely there.