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1951 Fender Deluxe Tweed TV Front Vintage Tube Amp 5A3 Circuit 1x12 Jensen P12R


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Up for sale, a 1951 Fender Deluxe tube amplifier in excellent condition and in good working order. The first iteration of Fender's most iconic tweed amp, this "TV front" amp features clean tweed, the stock Jensen P12R speaker, and original transformers. It's easy to coax grit and gain out of this 12 watt circuit and 1x12 cabinet, with a dynamic response, complex harmonic content, and the kind of sweet, singing overdrive that only comes from a Fender tweed era circuit. Paired with your favorite Fender single coil pickup, the amp does have a glassy, dynamic clean sound at lower volumes as well.

The circuit has been freshly serviced here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar to balance originality and functionality, with all of the original pots and both Triad power and output transformers. The Stackpole pots date to the 30th week of 1950. The preamp features new Jupiter replica Astron-style capacitors which have an extremely musical response, and the power supply benefits from a complete recap with Sprague Atoms as well. The tubes are all vintage USA-made valves, with a matched pair of RCA power tubes and a 5Y3 GE rectifier.

The speaker is the original Jensen P12R and this green frame alnico driver has great clarity, excellent response across the tonal spectrum, and smooth breakup when you dime out the amp. The speaker retains its original bell cover and Jensen label too, and the stamp on the edge of the frame dates to the 10th week of '51. Inside the cabinet, the stock tube chart is in excellent shape and fully intact with crisp corners. The handwritten serial number on the chart also matches the number stamped on the underside of the chassis.

Cosmetically, this amp retains its original diagonal tweed which shows only modest wear on the enclosure. The original grillcloth is present as well and particularly clean, with an L-shaped ghosting from tape for ideal mic placement. The leather handle is an older replacement that looks the part, and the chrome on the faceplate has plenty of shine with stock chicken head knobs and the majority of the original white silkscreen text intact.