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1960 Fender Deluxe Tweed Pre-CBS Narrow Panel Vintage Tube Amp 5E3 Circuit w/ Jensen P12R Speaker


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Up for sale, a 1960 Fender Deluxe in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Few circuits are more desired and emulated than the narrow panel Tweed 5E3, and this amp delivers everything you'd expect from a classic and 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 extremely original, freshly serviced by our techs here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with new Sprague Atom filter caps and smaller electrolytics. The full complement of original yellow Astron caps are intact in the preamp, with original Stackpole pots which date to the 6th week of '60. The original transformers are intact, with a Triad power transformer and a Schumacher output transformer, dating to the 24th week of '60. The amp is loaded with a full vintage tube set too. The speaker is the original Jensen P12R alnico 12" driver with a very clean teal frame and a recent recone. This speaker dates to the 30th week of '59, and retains the original speaker harness with cloth covered wire and stock 1/4" input as well. The tube chart is intact and crisp with one missing corner (where the date stamp would typically be located), and thankfully the chassis itself retains the identical "JJ" stamp, translating to October of 1960. The chrome on the chassis is incredibly clean, shining like few Tweeds still do with all of the original white text present along with stock chicken head knobs. In similar condition, the original tweed shows light ambering, with some minor requisite scuffing on the edges of the cabinet and some staining and wear on the lower corners. Both back panels are original as well, as is the oxblood grillcloth with gold stripe, while the leather handle is a modern replacement. This Deluxe is 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.