NAD - '64 Fender Princeton (Tuxedo)

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NAD - '64 Fender Princeton (Tuxedo)

Post by Surfysonic » Tue Feb 05, 2019 4:47 pm

I picked this up from a local seller on Sunday. I put it through its paces tonight. Handles pedals great (fuzz, distortion, overdrive, and delay). This has the 6G2 circuit, the same circuit as in the 1961-63 Brownface Princetons. The transitional "tuxedo" Princetons are rare because they were only produced for about a year (late 1963- mid 64).

This amp is in great shape - looks good and sounds good. Very quiet and clean. It starts to break up at about volume 7 and gets grittier the further you go. Tremolo works perfectly. Also sounds outstanding with my '63 Fender Reverb Unit.

This amplifier is all original with the following exceptions done by previous owner(s):
  • Tubes: All replaced with old stock USA tubes (General Electric), all tested well in the good range.
  • Speaker: Replaced with a 12” Utah from same era
  • Grill cloth: Replaced with old grill cloth from a 1964 Tremolux speaker cabinet
  • 2-prong electric cord: Replaced with a 3-prong ground plug


Date Codes
  • Power Transformer: 606 350 1963 week 50
  • Output Transformer: 606 349 1963 week 49
  • Chassis: P07546 1964
  • Tube Chart: NB 1964 Feb
  • Speaker: 328 418 1964 week 18 Utah


This era of Fender amp never had an amp Logo but was given white knobs to compliment the "new" black tolex look (aka the tuxedo Princeton). This year was the first year they offered the black tolex. I'll try to get a demo video out soon for anyone interested in hearing it.

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Re: NAD - '64 Fender Princeton (Tuxedo)

Post by kosmonautmayhem » Tue Feb 05, 2019 8:23 pm

Thats amazing! I have that same combo - '64 (January tube chart) Tuxedo 6G2 + blonde Reverb unit (but mine's a '64).

Match made in heaven. Love these amps. I had a literal half dozen of these through the years, all brown but I kept my black one because it sounded best of the ones I had and it appealed to me visually, although the brown ones are awesome two.

Fun fact, most of the 6g2s have the standard 1Meg volume pot but mine has a 250k. I thought it was a mistake since its not on the schematic or layout from that period. I've noticed a few others from the late, tuxedo era that also have this. Not sure why, maybe they're wanted to tame some highs and volume at the beginning of the sweep. It kinda of attenuates things a bit but never in a bad way. I swapped in a 1M pot to compare and I ended up going back to the stock 250k. It just sounded right imo.

Have you had it or has anyone had it serviced? Original caps?

What kind of tubes are you running?

Great score! :) Happy 6G2 day!

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Re: NAD - '64 Fender Princeton (Tuxedo)

Post by Shadoweclipse13 » Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:02 pm

Wow :w00t: That's incredible looking! SUPER nice find Surfysonic!!!
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Re: NAD - '64 Fender Princeton (Tuxedo)

Post by marqueemoon » Tue Feb 05, 2019 11:21 pm

That’s beautiful.

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Re: NAD - '64 Fender Princeton (Tuxedo)

Post by Surfysonic » Wed Feb 06, 2019 4:02 pm

kosmonautmayhem wrote:
Tue Feb 05, 2019 8:23 pm

Have you had it or has anyone had it serviced? Original caps?

What kind of tubes are you running?

Great score! :) Happy 6G2 day!
Thanks! The information I posted originally is all I received from the seller. I think he owned it for a long time. Tubes are General Electric. I haven't had a chance to open up the back for a closer inspection of the tubes but I'll post the info here when I can. 8)
Shadoweclipse13 wrote:
Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:02 pm
Wow :w00t: That's incredible looking! SUPER nice find Surfysonic!!!
Thanks, Shadoweclipse! :)
marqueemoon wrote:
Tue Feb 05, 2019 11:21 pm
That’s beautiful.
Cheers, thanks, marqueemoon. :)
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Re: NAD - '64 Fender Princeton (Tuxedo)

Post by DeathJag » Wed Feb 06, 2019 4:46 pm

Surfysonic wrote:
Tue Feb 05, 2019 4:47 pm
I picked this up from a local seller on Sunday.
When are we going to hear some surf?!!!

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Re: NAD - '64 Fender Princeton (Tuxedo)

Post by Surfysonic » Wed Feb 06, 2019 5:10 pm

I'll work on a surf demo video on Friday and put it up as soon as possible. Thanks! 8)
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Re: NAD - '64 Fender Princeton (Tuxedo)

Post by Shadoweclipse13 » Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:52 pm

Surfysonic wrote:
Wed Feb 06, 2019 5:10 pm
I'll work on a surf demo video on Friday and put it up as soon as possible. Thanks! 8)
Yes :w00t: :w00t: 8)
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Re: NAD - '64 Fender Princeton (Tuxedo)

Post by fortytwo » Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:50 pm

I have a set like that too, both from '64, but someone took the blonde reverb tank, and painted it black, and the cloth silver, probably to match their blackface amp, I just think it's funny, 'cause now it goes well with both my tuxedo Princeton, and my blonde Bassman stack.

The speaker in mine was swapped out for a Weber, but I got the original in the deal too, if I ever want to see if I can get it re-coned.

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Re: NAD - '64 Fender Princeton (Tuxedo)

Post by s_mcsleazy » Thu Feb 07, 2019 8:25 am

i would like to see a return to the tuxedo style someday.

also, that thing looks clean as hell.
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Re: NAD - '64 Fender Princeton (Tuxedo)

Post by wproffitt » Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:48 am

That's lovely! Enjoy it in good health!

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