Up for sale, a 1959 Fender Deluxe in excellent condition and in perfect working order, featuring original Triad transformers, an extremely original circuit, and Jensen P12Q speaker. 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 11th week of '59, and the amp has been maintained only as strictly necessary, balancing originality and functionality. All of the original yellow Astron caps are intact in the preamp, and the power supply and smaller electrolytics have been professionally recapped, cleanly sleeved inside the original Astron Minimite wrappers. The tube set includes RCA 6V6 power tubes, an Amperex 5Y3 rectifier, a Sylvania 12AY7 in the preamp and a modern Groove Tubes 12AX7 phase inverter.
The speaker is the original Jensen P12Q alnico 12" driver with a clean teal frame and Jensen sticker. This speaker retains the original speaker harness with cloth covered wire and stock 1/4" input as well, and the speaker has also been professionally reconed in the amp's lifetime. The tube chart is extremely clean, with an "ID" date stamp which translates to April of '59.
The chrome on the chassis is notably clean, shining like few Tweeds still do with all of the original white silkscreened text present along with stock chicken head knobs. 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. The leather handle is a vintage-style leather replacement matching the shape of the original and secured with original 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.