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There were some amp designers who just got things right. The guys at Fender in 1964 fall into this category when they designed the AA1164 Blackface Princeton Reverb

Imagine a small, lightweight combo that had sparkly, toneful cleans and an overdrive tone that made you sound like you were playing a much bigger amp with bags of sustain. Add valve-driven spring reverb and bias-tremolo...what's not to like?

The only problem that I could see with this circuit is that it only produced 12 watts of power. I've managed to squeeze a little bit more for 18w, in fact at full crank it pushes out nearly 30w!

To handle all of this extra power, I had to upgrade the speaker from a 10" to a 12". Deeper lows, sweeter highs and more tone. Perfect.

I use very high quality components, sourced from UK companies if possible.
I do make a few small modifications to the original design, mainly an improved grounding scheme along with a few tweaks to make it more durable/reliable.

I stand behind every amplifier I make. Every Rift amplifier is guaranteed against defects in craftsmanship and components (excluding certain items) for the life of the amplifier (or my life, which ever ends first) as long as it remains in possession of the original owner.

Second hand amplifiers are not supported by the warranty.

Any user modifications or external modifications even by a qualified technician,
abuse and damage beyond normal wear and tear will void this warranty.


  • 18w Output
  • Preamp Valves: 1 x 12AT7, 2 x 12AX7, 1 x 7025
  • Power Valves: 2 x 6V6GT
  • Valve Rectifier: GZ34
  • Valve Driven Spring Reverb and Bias Tremolo
  • Custom Wound Transformers
  • Jupiter Yellow Vintage Tone Capacitors
  • Handwired Circuitry
  • High quality valve sockets, no rattling like the NOS ones
  • WGS G12C Speaker
  • Footswitch for Reverb + Tremolo
  • 16.5" x 20" x 9.5"