I Got To Play a 1956 Princeton Today


Feb 4, 2021
Pac NW
I went back to my home town this weekend to help my morher-in-law pack up the last of her house and take the last loads to the dump before she moves over to Idaho with us.

I had some time to kill while the wife and MoLo cleaned, so I went over to Thunder Road PDX just to poke around and play some killer guitars.

I played a Murphy Lab R9 that was killer (what else would you expect?), and a CS Tele that was fantastic. I’ve been playing my Victoria 20112 a lot lately, and have been wanting to build a tweed kit so I asked if I could plug into the 1956 Princeton they had, just for grins and giggles. They are awesome guys, so I got to play an all original, never been touched, still has the 2-prong power chord Princeton that was built in 1956.

To say that I had a sh*t-eating grin on my face for the rest of the morning would be an understatement. That is such a REACTIVE amp! It has the same general character as my Vic, but is tighter and crispier. Another guy was in there looking at amps, so I asked if he wanted to play it. He indicated he couldn’t afford the GAS bill. I told my wife about it when I got back and she asked “how much?”. I showed her on their website. 😔

We both agreed, and I’ll be ordering a Mojotone 5f2a kit when we get back home! I know it won’t be the same as the ‘56, but even if it’s close it will still be absolutely awesome!