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SimonBarSinister

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Just picked up this totally original 1963 Fender 6G2 Princeton... Never owned a brownface. I love this thing. The amps sounds fantastic. Now I want a Brownface Deluxe

It was made 2 months after I was born...

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Has the original 2 prong cord. I am going to get that changed.

SBS
 

B Ingram

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Just picked up this totally original 1963 Fender 6G2 Princeton...

Wow, that's super-clean! Nice score!!

... Has the original 2 prong cord. I am going to get that changed. ...

I saw an odd fix for this not too long ago; not sure I'd ever try it:

The amp owner had a mint original Fender and didn't want to "devalue" it with a change to a 3-wire cord. So he had a 3-prong plug/outlet combination into which the original 2-prong cord plugged. The ground wire was hardwired to that plug/outlet combo, and ran alongside the 2-wire cord up to the chassis, where a ring terminal on the end was mounted to the chassis under an existing mounting bolt.

Not sure if that is clever or overcautious about collectible value. The switch to a 3-wire cord never bothered me when I was buying vintage amps.
 

SimonBarSinister

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Wow, that's super-clean! Nice score!!



I saw an odd fix for this not too long ago; not sure I'd ever try it:

The amp owner had a mint original Fender and didn't want to "devalue" it with a change to a 3-wire cord. So he had a 3-prong plug/outlet combination into which the original 2-prong cord plugged. The ground wire was hardwired to that plug/outlet combo, and ran alongside the 2-wire cord up to the chassis, where a ring terminal on the end was mounted to the chassis under an existing mounting bolt.

Not sure if that is clever or overcautious about collectible value. The switch to a 3-wire cord never bothered me when I was buying vintage amps.


That sounds a little crazy to me... :)

I think I am going to have my guy remove it and just unsolder the death cap...I will hold onto them but this is something I don't see selling


Thanks
 

T.Allen

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I just wrapped masking tape around the plug and then marked it with a sharpie.
 

Steve Craw

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Brown face are my favorite Fender amps, and yes you MUST own a Deluxe.
 

Big Al

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My pal Boogie Bob, has an almost new tuxedo '63 Princeton, (black tolex, control panel/white knobs), awesome amp. I've never taken a hit for installing a 3prong cord.
 

akstrat61

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My pal Boogie Bob, has an almost new tuxedo '63 Princeton, (black tolex, control panel/white knobs), awesome amp. I've never taken a hit for installing a 3prong cord.

+1, great amp made better! :jim

All Dials To The Right!:dude:
 

B Ingram

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... Tons of houses aren't properly grounded anyway. ...

A lot of venues aren't either.

I played a show once where my vintage amp with a 3-wire power cord was plugged into an outlet onstage. Naturally, the mic had its cable running to the PA mixer at FOH. I stepped to the mic, and a spark jumped out of the metal mic grill, hit me on the upper lip, and I felt the shock go down my left arm to the guitar's strings (and obviously from string ground through amp power cord & to the outlet).

I don't know which outlet (stage or FOH) was wired incorrectly, but one of them certainly was!




But that's okay. It wasn't as bad as when I managed to grab 450vdc. Thankfully, I followed the one-hand rule that time...
 
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Cool! Damon fowler talks about using one of these on his new album. Fantastic sounding recording. Yours is superclean. It is one of my favorite recorded tones ever!
 

renderit

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Well that sounds painful. I've grabbed the wrong thing rewiring houses before. It sent a jolt up my right arm, across my heart, and down my left arm. Both my arms were numb from my fingers to my elbows for about an hour. It's a jolt you'll never forget. :##

You might want to try putting a GFCI extension cord between your equipment and house power. They are different than surge strips. They trip when there is a change in current across the positive and negative terminals. Actually, you could use one instead of switching a 2 prong to a 3 prong power cord. :)

Bingo! You hath saved me! Maybe literally. And I'm not calling you Bingo, it's an expression of delight uttered by many oldsters on Indian property these days.
 

renderit

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How aboot an AFCI? And a GFCI. In tandem. Ebony and Ivory. And a hair dryer.
 
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