Up for sale, a 1958 Fender Tremolux 5E9-A tube amp in excellent condition and in perfect working order. One of the most tonally distinctive and sweet sounding amps of Fender's late 1950s "Narrow Panel" Tweed era, the Tremolux essentially combined the tonal richness and dynamic, touch-sensitive circuit of a 5E3 Deluxe with a bias-based footswitchable tremolo. Powered by a pair of 6V6 power tubes, this Tremolux has the same harmonic content, smooth tube breakup and glassy tone of a Deluxe, yet the larger open back cabinet on a Tremolux gives the tone more depth, low end and roundness overall. Like any four-input Tweed Fender, the magic really happens when you jumper the two channels and use the independent Volume controls to dial in the perfect amount of clarity and grit. With the addition of Fender's earliest tremolo circuit (a bias-based design that essentially turns on/off the power tubes to create the effect), the Tremolux is a versatile and impressive amp, delivering a trem circuit with a strong pulse and good range of speeds.
The circuit is extremely original, with all of the original yellow Astron tone caps in the preamp, along with the original pots, carbon comp resistors, and cloth-covered wire. A few electrolytic caps have been substituted with vintage replacements in the preamp to balance optimal performance and originality. All of the original Triad-made transformers are intact, along with all of the original pots. The all-vintage tube complement includes a matched pair of 6V6 power tubes, a 5U4 rectifier, and a trio of valves in the preamp from the likes of GE and JAN-Phillips.
The speaker is an era-correct Jensen P12Q, rated at roughly 35 watts and the perfect match for the output of the Tremolux which is decidedly more modest than what the speaker can handle. The teal frame is quite clean, complete with the original bell cover and Jensen foil label. The date stamp on the edge of the frame is from late '59. The tube chart is also present on the inside of the cabinet, with an "HE" date stamp that translates to May of 1958.
The cabinet has been professionally re-tweeded with lightly ambered diagonal tweed, and the original speaker baffle has also been fitted with new oxblood grillcloth. The chrome plating on the chassis itself is particularly clean and bright, with virtually all of the original white silkscreen lettering intact and just a couple spots of wear adjacent to the Tremolo controls. The original chickenhead knobs are all present as well. The leather handle is a modern replacement paired with the stock handle mounts, and other stock hardware includes the "Tremolux" badge on the face and four sphinx glides (feet) on the bottom.