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6V6man
Contributing Member

Hypsilanti, MI.....

.....the poor man's Ann Arbor.
Jan 10th, 2005 06:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

As the proud owner of a rebuilt '64 Princeton 6G2 BFWK, (Blackface White Knob) I invite all 6G2 & 6G3 owners and aficionados to post their stories, pictures and thoughts on what many consider to be the finest sounding tube amps, with the most awesome tremolo, that Fender ever built.

Post away!

6V6man :-)

p.s. Send me your pics and I'll post them @ The 6G2 & 6G3 Club Photo Gallery.

My Rebuilt '64 6G2

(This message was last edited by 6V6man at 08:46 AM, Mar 8th, 2005)

Rocky_Strat

USA

Jan 10th, 2005 06:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

6V6man- nice job on the rebuild! I bet it's pretty gratifying to bring an amp like this back to life.

I bought my 6G2 fairly recently and it the sound totally threw me for a loop (in a good way) after having owned a number of SF amps. It quickly became my favorite Fender amp for its dark smooth creamy tones and awesome OD when pushed. THese amps are a well kept secret and I'm amazed the aren't more sought after.

Anyway a losted a link to my '63 Princeton which is in close to mint condition. It has a couple a scratches on the faceplate but that's about it for wear. The original CTS speaker has been reconed but I put a Weber 10F125 in it which both brightens the amp up a little and holds together when I pushe it for OD.

My '63 Princeton 6G2

6V6man
Contributing Member

Hypsilanti, MI.....

.....the poor man's Ann Arbor.
Jan 10th, 2005 06:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

WOW! Have you got a time machine? Mint? It looks like it just got built yesterday! Great find Rocky_Strat!

Yes, it is very satisfying to have saved an old amp. When I bought it I really didn't know just how great these amps were. It's a keeper!

Rocky_Strat's MINT BFWK @ The 6G2 & 6G3 Club Photo Gallery

(This message was last edited by 6V6man at 08:53 AM, Mar 8th, 2005)

SunnBird

Canada,eh ?

Jan 10th, 2005 07:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Nice units guys !
I picked up my '62 Princeton just a while back.
Minty mint 'cept for some grille cloth age stains.
Pic is in profile.
Sweet sounding amps for sure!

neverusespinky

USA

Jan 10th, 2005 07:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a 62 by the trannys, the chart is messed. It is farty and the bass sound like cardboard. I invision great things for it.

6V6man
Contributing Member

Hypsilanti, MI.....

.....the poor man's Ann Arbor.
Jan 10th, 2005 08:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Very sweet lookin' too, SunnBird!

SunnBird's Brown '62 6G2 @ The 6G2 & 6G3 Club Photo Gallery

(This message was last edited by 6V6man at 08:37 AM, Mar 10th, 2005)

Tooch
Contributing Member

Simi , California

Jan 10th, 2005 08:46 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ive got two 6G2's to share but could someone tell me how to post the picture?

DoctorAmpVonCamp

USA

Jan 10th, 2005 08:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

IM in the club,
The Rich man's VibroChamp.

I have two Blackface transitional and a

62 brownie w/leather handle.

I am about to recap one of the blackface w/white/cream knobs. IM gonna do a new can cap and all across the board.25ufx25v .

I will do before and after pics. The can cap only has two of the four tabs soldered on. I will solder back only two, just like the stock one. I have a weber 10F25 in it and a stock oxford in the brownie and a old jensen P10R in the other black one.

two of mine came with the footswitch., black ones.

6V6man
Contributing Member

Hypsilanti, MI.....

.....the poor man's Ann Arbor.
Jan 10th, 2005 09:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Tooch,
You've got mail.
6V6

Omaz
Contributing Member
*****

Eastern Pennsylvania

Make every day Thanksgiving Day
Jan 10th, 2005 09:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just uploaded a pic of my BFWK 6G2. I replaced the original speaker with a Alltone 1025 shortly after getting the amp and I recapped it yesterday just to be on the safe side. it had all the original electrolyics in place. The tones that these amps produce is sublime.
Thanks to 6V6man for the volume knob that my amp is now sporting.


6V6man
Contributing Member

Hypsilanti, MI.....

.....the poor man's Ann Arbor.
Jan 10th, 2005 09:17 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Tom,
Nice looking Volume knob! Is it really a bit lighter than the originals, or is that just in the photo? Great looking Princeton!

I noticed that the volume was set at about 9 1/2. Where is the sweet spot at?

How about everyone posting their favorite settings? The sweet spot on mine is with the Volume at 7 1/2. I like to set the Tone at 5 1/2.

Omaz's 63 BFWK 6G2 @ The 6G2 & 6G3 Club Photo Gallery

(This message was last edited by 6V6man at 08:36 AM, Mar 10th, 2005)

lager68

Philly area

Yearn to learn
Jan 10th, 2005 09:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Nice amp Omaz, but frankly I think the other two pics in your profile are a MUCH better use of bandwith!!!!!!

Omaz
Contributing Member
*****

Eastern Pennsylvania

Make every day Thanksgiving Day
Jan 10th, 2005 09:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks lager68. I'll pass that along to my daughter and her friend.
Yeah Mickey, it is a tad lighter than the other knobs so I'll have to take the amp to some smokey bars so the shades even out. ;-)

I sometimes set the volume at 4, 7 or flat out, depending on my mood. I always run the tone at 10.
It doesn't seem to matter which of my guitars I use.
They all sound swell thru this amp.

5E3 for me

Canada

I love the smell of a hot tube amp
Jan 10th, 2005 10:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I don't have a web publishing program anymore but if you look at Rocky_Strats' picture of his Princeton it is excactly like mine right down to the shade of brown that the grill cloth has turned to.I would swear it was mine.
I love this amp,perfect for home use. It is on "10" all of the time.I also plug my electric acoustic into it,the sound is great with volume up to about 4.
I have had it for 15 years and never put a dime into it. I got it for $200 canadian.Priceless!

6V6man
Contributing Member

Hypsilanti, MI.....

.....the poor man's Ann Arbor.
Jan 10th, 2005 10:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The 6G2 Club is off to a great start, keep those cards and letters comin' in folks!

Man, those original black Tolex Princetons are stunning, I might have to redo mine using the authentic Tolex and grille cloth colors.



acorkos
Contributing Member

SoCal

"middle-aged Rock & Roll"
Jan 10th, 2005 11:00 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Does mine count? It's a homebrew 6G2 head...

I had a '63 BFWK 6G2 that I bought at a steal and turned around and sold it for enough to get my money back and enough extra to buy the parts for my homemade version, including Mercury Magnetics transformers.

I have a homemade 5E3, and the 6G2 gets much heavier playing time...not quite as loose, and a heavenly pulsating tremolo....yummmm....

My Homebrew 6G2 Head

carsten
Contributing Member

brown super/germany

soundslikehome
Jan 11th, 2005 12:03 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

im in!
i have the blackface w/white knobs as well - seems like theyre not THAT rare after all ;)
i got mine 2 years ago from a nice gentleman in the states for around $600 incl shipping and its as clean as they come - no footswitch, though ;(
the sweetest sounding fender-amp this side of a grand. puts any champ ive played to shame!
i made a 12" baffle for mine and it rivalled my brown deluxe both in terms of tone and loudness.
i need to rescue it from rehearsal-space and put the 10" speaker back in, so i can enjoy it at home every day again ;)
cheers - C.

6V6man
Contributing Member

Hypsilanti, MI.....

.....the poor man's Ann Arbor.
Jan 11th, 2005 05:43 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A little unorthodox, acorkos.....but I'm not one to talk since my 6G2 is not all original anyway.
You've captured the 'Spirit Of The 6G2' and that's what really counts here. The 6G2 Club is about inclusion. Welcome to the club!

"Tone Isn't Everything, It's The WHOLE Thing!"

Hi Carsten! How does your '64 BFWKcompare to your '66 BF in terms of loudness, tone, etc? How 'bout some BFWK pics? Maybe a family portrait with it's brothers, sisters and cousins.


Acorkos'Homebrew 6G2 @ The 6G2 & 6G3 Club Photo Gallery

(This message was last edited by 6V6man at 08:35 AM, Mar 10th, 2005)

6V6man
Contributing Member

Hypsilanti, MI.....

.....the poor man's Ann Arbor.
Jan 11th, 2005 06:12 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've created a Yahoo photo gallery of the 6G2 pics that have been posted so far. I'll add new photos as they are posted.

The 6G2 & 6G3 Club Photo Gallery

(This message was last edited by 6V6man at 08:56 AM, Mar 8th, 2005)

Omaz
Contributing Member
*****

Eastern Pennsylvania

Make every day Thanksgiving Day
Jan 11th, 2005 06:18 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That's cool, Mickey!

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