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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 an older retweed that has lightly aged and ambered and is particularly convincing, this Deluxe is loaded with a vintage Jensen P12R speaker, freshly serviced here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar to ensure optimal performance.

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 retains the original Triad-made power transformer, with a vintage Schumacher output transformer (Fender's primary transformer supplier in the '60s) that dates to 1968. All of the original CTS pots are intact, with visible date codes from the 50th week of '58. The preamp has been fitted with replica Jupiter red dynamite signal caps, with a host of premium Sprague electrolytics in the preamp and power supply. The tube set includes a pair of brand new matched Electro Harmonix 6V6 power tubes, a vintage General Electric 5Y3 rectifier, and modern valves in the preamp

The speaker is a vintage Jensen P12R alnico magnet 12" driver with a clean deep green frame and Jensen foil sticker on the magnet. The date on the edge of the speaker frame is from 1958, and the speaker has been freshly reconed. The tube chart is mostly intact inside the cabinet.

The chrome on the chassis has plenty of shine, with the majority of the original white silkscreened text present, along with the ID number of a previous owner along the top edge. The original chicken head knobs are intact too. The amp was re-tweeded long ago using the correct material and pattern, and the faint ambering and aging on the enclosure is extremely convincing when comparing it to original tweed. The oxblood grillcloth is also modern, as is the leather handle. The original Fender Deluxe badge is present on the amp's face.