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My own 6G2 Princeton in a head.

I got the idea to build this head after owning an original 1964 Transitional 6G2 Princeton. They are wonderful amps. Combos. For my ears I find the little amps, a little to tight sounding for my liking. I am not sure tight it the right word. Boxy, others call it. They are great as is, but I thought about taking this one a little further by plugging it in to different cabs. I have been playing it through a 1x12 open back Avatar cab and it sounds great.

My version is mostly stock so far. I did use a multi-tap output transformer. I have two speaker hook up jacks. A 4 ohm and an 8 ohm option. I am planning to play with the amp's voicing a little. I will add a switchable gain boost off v1 second triode cathode. As well maybe experiment with a few coupling cap values. When the amp is up in the 3/4 to max volume range there is a little more 100 hz to 200 hz bass than I like. I'll see what I can do to cut some out.

There is no kit for these amps that I know of. I sourced my own parts. I used Hammond transformers. A 290CAX power transformer. It has a dual secondary voltage option. I used the lower voltage that gave me original 1964 specs, even on today wall voltages. I built my own pine cab, and face plate. Tolex'd the cab at home this week. The chassis came from Mojotone. It is cut for some reason for a 6G3 PT. I built my own adaptor plate to put in the smaller, correct 6G2 PT. Circuit board and most of the guts I hand picked from Dave Hoffman's web site.

Here is my dream of a transitional 6G2 in a head format. This amp was originally offered in the Brownface era. However carried over into the BF cosmetics in early 64. I prefer the BF look for this one, which is why I choose to dress it up this way. The 64 6G2 never had the Fender logo on the front, I just like it there.

This one is for my own use and collection. Heck of a great amp the 6G2. Unique in it's own way. I plan to plop it on and push it through my 1964 Bandmaster 2x12 cab at the next jam with the boys.





During the build I took some long breaks and did some sound demos.



 

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Thanks Sambonee. I am not 100% sure what I spent on parts. I did not keep a total. I'd guess probably $500 to $600 in parts only?
I do the amp builds, however my wife Heather, is the woodworker. She built the cab. It's hard to put a value on her time and level of skill.
Heather wanted to try her hand at Tolex, so she did that too. She has access to a laser at her work, so she custom built the front and rear faceplates from scratch too. I studied the schematic, amassed all the parts and built the circuit.
Wife did all the cosmetics you see. So she gets all the glory, lol. Heather used my 1964 Bandmaster head as a guide. I asked her to build the
Princeton head slightly wider than the stock combo 6G2 cab. Heather made it the same width as my Bandmaster head. Which is perfect, as I think it looks appropriate sitting on top of the Bandmaster
2x12 cab. Several times I took apart my Bandmaster head so she could study its design. The tolex cuts, etc.

My wife has a lot of projects on the go in her Wood Shop, so I have to persuade her a little to build me a cab. I'd love to build more amps, but for a while I have been kindly reminded she has other work she wants to do.
Heather's attention to detail is remarkable. Her build quality is excellent as nothing is overlooked, nor "good enough". I love building amps, its a great hobby. If I could build more of these 6G2 heads for other people I would.
Getting more cabs built, is a hurdle. I can't complain though as Heather is in the middle of building me 4 quantity 5E3 Deluxe pine cabs right now. I need to lay off for a while. ;)

The guitar mentioned is a 2004 USA American Series Strat. I bought it new. I have custom pups in it. SD SSL-5 in bridge. CS Fat 50's middle and CS '69 in neck. I had it re-fretted with stainless steel last year. I love it. It would be my #1 as it gets used the majority of time. I have to mention the wear mark as I am proud to say I wore thru the finish behind my pick-hand arm. It takes a while to do that. :)

Here is the rear. I lost my power cord anchor. You'll see its missing. A new one is on the way.



 

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Well you know how you said that you could make faceplates, I might have to take you up on that one some day.

The extra width is perfect. And the head version is more practical imo.

This is the best small trem of all fender amps. Best big trem is the brownie super. Now that's an amp.
 

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Damn.. you just ignited my GAS. I'd love to start a few winter projects. I guess I should probably work on my chops before I justify it!

What kind of wattage is that? Hows the clean headroom with a drummer?
 

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Dual 6V6, push-pull configuration. It should be about 12W I believe. With my bigger 2x12 cab I definitely get more volume and head room. I plan to take it to next band rehearsal and see how it stacks up with a drummer.
I suspect it'll do pretty good.
 

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Nothing to add but that sounds fantastic!

Any pedals used on the 335 clip?
The only effect used was a touch of Hall Of Fame Reverb. The drive you hear is all amp and 335. It is a VOS Memphis guitar with MHS Pickups. The pickups are quite hot.
 

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AND it's a husband and wife build?! You really knocked it out of the park, man.

Congrats on a killer rig.
 

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A little follow up:

I have been running this 6G2 head thru a stereo delay pedal. Paired with my '62 Vibrolux. Wow. A calming sense of euphoria overcame me then I melted. Lol.

What is it with 2 amps in Stereo? Pretty much any two amps sound amazing in stereo. Like you are suddenly in a Pink Floyd album.
 
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