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1959 Fender Deluxe Tweed Narrow Panel Vintage Tube Amp 5E3 Circuit w/ Jensen P12R


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Up for sale, a 1959 Fender Deluxe in excellent condition and in perfect working order, featuring original Triad and Schumacher transformers, original tweed, an extremely original circuit, the stock Jensen P12R speaker, and vintage RCA power tubes.

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 100% original save for a few electrolytic caps (sleeved in their original Astron wrappers), and all of the original yellow Astron signal caps are present in the preamp. The power transformer is manufactured by Triad, and the output transformer by Schumacher, dating to the 49th week of '59. All of the original CTS pots are intact, with visible date codes from the 50th week of '59. Even the original two-prong gray power cable is intact. The tube set includes RCA 6V6 power tubes, a General Electric 5Y3 rectifier, one USA-made valve in the preamp, and a modern EH 12AY7 in V1.

The speaker is the original Jensen P12R alnico magnet 12" driver with a clean deep blue/green frame and Jensen sticker on the bell cover. The date on the edge of the speaker frame is from the 50th week of 1959, and the speaker has been freshly reconed. The tube chart is extremely clean with an "IL" date stamp which translates to December of '59.

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 and oxblood grillcloth is intact, with ambering of the lacquer on the tweed, one bald top corner, and some missing tweed on the bottom of the enclosure (the wood is in great shape as are the finger-joined corners). Both back panels are original, and 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.