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1958 Fender Deluxe Tweed Narrow Panel Vintage Tube Amp 5E3 Circuit w/ Jensen P12R


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Up for sale, a 1958 Fender Deluxe, retaining the original tweed and in perfect working order. Recently serviced by our techs here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this Deluxe is an extremely soulful example with considerable aging of the original tweed, retaining the stock Jensen P12R alnico magnet speaker.

Few circuits are more desired and emulated than the narrow panel Tweed 5E3, and this amp delivers everything you'd expect from the last iteration of the Tweed line. Incredibly dynamic and harmonically rich, the Deluxe can be glassy and clear at low volumes, but for most players the magic is in this amp's overdrive capabilities. Especially when connecting the two channels with a small jumper 1/4" cable, the interactive pair of Volume controls can dial in everything from fully saturated roar and snarl, to the particular sweet buzzy qualities with ideal midrange bite that you often times can't coax out of any other Tweed circuit. This amp reacts well to a host of effects pedals and different guitars, but truly shines with the guitar plugged straight into the amp, using your volume knob to coax clean rhythm tones and singing leads with the twist of a knob.

The circuit is outfitted with a pair of modern Classic Tone vintage-spec transformers, and the preamp features three of the original yellow Astron capacitors, a central part of the sweet, musical character of the Tweed era preamps. These Astrongs are paired with a few modern replica Jupiter red "dynamite" Astron replica caps, and all of the original CTS pots are intact, with matching date codes from the 20th week of '58. The power supply and smaller electrolytics in the preamp feature new Sprague capacitors, ensuring the amp is operating reliably within factory spec. The tube set includes Electro Harmonics 6V6 power tubes, with a vintage Sylvania 5Y3 rectifier, and modern valves in the preamp

The speaker is the original Jensen P12R alnico magnet 12" driver with a dark green frame. This speaker retains the original speaker harness with cloth covered wire and stock 1/4" input as well, and the speaker has also been professionally reconed in the amp's lifetime. The date on the edge of the speaker frame is from the 49th week of '57. The tube chart is extremely clean with an "IF" date stamp which translates to August of '58.

The chrome on the chassis is bright and clean, with all of the original white silkscreened text present, retaining the original chickenhead knobs. The original tweed is intact on the cabinet, notably ambered and aged, and the original oxblood grillcloth with gold stripe is also intact. The bottom of the cabinet features new tweed, and the upper back panel is a modern replacement as well, with both pieces aged to match the wear on the otherwise original tweed. This Deluxe is soulful and positively ripping, sure to satisfy collectors and serious players alike, recently given a clean bill of health and ready for your next gig or studio session.