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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 in excellent condition and in perfect working order, featuring original Triad transformers, original tweed, a freshly-serviced and very original circuit, the stock Jensen P12R speaker, and a full vintage tube set.

Few circuits are more desired and emulated than the narrow panel Tweed 5E3, and this amp delivers everything you'd expect from an amp 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 very original, retaining the original Triad transformer pair and Stackpole pots that date to the 13th week of '57. The preamp features new electrolytic caps from Sprauge and F&T, cleanly sleeved in the original Minimite wrappers for a proper vintage look. New Jupiter tubular signal caps have been installed, mirroring the look and tonal properties of the caps used in the earliest narrow panel Tweed amps, and all of the original pulled yellow Astron signal caps are also included. Even the original two-prong gray power cable is intact. The tube set includes vintage matched 6V6 power tubes, a 5Y3 rectifier, and General Electric preamp tubes

The speaker is the original Jensen P12R alnico magnet 12" driver with a deep blue/green frame and Jensen sticker on the bell cover. The date on the edge of the speaker frame is from the 49th week of 1957, and the speaker has been freshly reconed. The tube chart is extremely clean with an "HF" date stamp which translates to June of '58, and this same "HF" stamp is present inside the chassis. The inked serial on the chart matches the number stamped on the chassis too.

The chrome on the chassis is bright and clean with light pitting, and virtually all of the original white silkscreened text present. All of the original chicken head knobs are present too. The original tweed and oxblood grillcloth is intact, with ambering of the lacquer on the tweed, and only modest edge wear on the enclosure. The leather handle is an exact replica of the original, secured with stock brackets.

This Deluxe is an example that will satisfy collectors and serious players alike, recently given a clean bill of health and ready for your next gig or studio session.