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


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Up for sale, a 1959 Fender Deluxe in excellent condition and in perfect working order, boasting a Jensen P12R speaker and loaded with a 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 a well cared for 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, with the stock pair of Triad transformers at its heart. All of the original CTS pots are intact, with visible date codes from the 6th week of '59, and the amp has been maintained only as strictly necessary, balancing originality and functionality. There are new Sprague Orange Drop capacitors in the preamp, along with a clean recap of the power supply with Sprague Atoms and some smaller Sprague electrolytics as well. The tube set includes Servicemaster 6V6 power tubes and 5Y3 rectifier, with preamp tubes from the likes of RCA and Mullard, carefully chosen for their tonal attributes.

The speaker is a genuine, era-correct Jensen P12R alnico 12" driver with a clean teal frame and Jensen sticker. This speaker dates back to 1956, and retains the original speaker harness with cloth covered wire and stock 1/4" input as well. The speaker has also been professionally reconed in the amp's lifetime. The other most pertinent date code is the "IC" stamp on the very clean tube chart, which translates to March of '58 (although the CTS pots date slightly later to 1959, thus the advertised date of this Deluxe).

The chrome on the chassis is incredibly clean, shining like few Tweeds still do with all of the original white silkscreened text present along with stock chicken head knobs. Even the original leather handle is still intact. In similar condition, the original tweed and oxblood grillcloth show only modest wear, with ambering of the lacquer on the tweed, and some requisite scuffs and corner wear. It's 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.