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1958 Fender Deluxe Tweed Pre-CBS Narrow Panel Vintage Tube Amp 5E3 Circuit w/ Jensen P12Q Speaker


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Up for sale, a 1958 Fender Deluxe in exceptional condition and in perfect working order with a 100% original 5E3 circuit. Few circuits are more desired and emulated than the narrow panel Tweed 5E3, and this amp delivers everything you'd expect from a classic and extremely well-preserved 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 untouched, right down to the original Astron power supply caps and two-prong gray power cable. The full complement of original yellow Astrons capacitors are intact in the preamp, with original CTS pots which date to 1958. The original Triad transformers are intact, and the small piece of tape inside the chassis reads "Lily" for the Fender employee who wired the circuit in '58. The amp is loaded with a matched pair of vintage 6V6 power tubes, a USA-ade 5Y3 rectifier, and a modern pair of preamp tubes.

The speaker is an era-correct Jensen P12Q alnico 12" driver with a very clean teal frame and a date stamp on the edge of the frame from '62. This speaker retains the original speaker harness with cloth covered wire and stock 1/4" input as well. The tube chart is intact and practically perfect. It's the nicest Tweed-era tube chart we've ever encountered, with crisp corners, unfaded paper, and an "HI" stamp which translates to September of 1958. The "HI" stamp is also present inside the chassis, ensuring that the chart and chassis came together from the factory.

The chrome on the chassis is incredibly clean, shining like few Tweeds still do with all of the original white text present along with stock chicken head knobs. In similar condition, the original tweed shows light ambering, with some minor wear on the top edge of the cabinet and on the enclosure edges. The lower back panel is original, while the upper panel is a new MojoTone replacement, aged to match the otherwise stock tweed. The leather handle is original, broken on one end yet intact. This Deluxe is an example that will satisfy collectors and serious players alike, and the amp has recently been given a clean bill of health, ready for your next gig or studio session.