Up for sale, a 1961 Fender Deluxe in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, featuring the original Victoria Luggage canvas cover, well-kept tweed, an extremely original circuit, a vintage Jensen P12Q speaker, and a complete vintage tube set. This is one of the very last Tweed-era Deluxe amps produced before the Brown Panel amps were introduced just months later in the '61 model year.
Few circuits are more desired and emulated than the narrow panel Tweed 5E3, and this amp delivers everything you'd expect from a collector-grade 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) with the stock pair of Schumacher-made transformers at its heart, dating between the 40th and 42nd weeks of 1960. All of the original Stackpole pots are intact, with visible date codes from the 2nd week of '60. The amp is loaded with a full complement of original yellow Astron caps in the preamp. The tube set includes Sylvania 6V6 power tubes, an RCA 5Y3 rectifier, and valves in the preamp from Sylvania and GE.
The speaker is an era-correct Jensen P12Q alnico magnet 12" driver with an extremely clean deep green frame and Jensen foil sticker on the bell cover. The tube chart is near-mint, with a "KD" date stamp which translates to April of '61, and this same code is also stamped (many times) inside the chassis.
The chrome on the chassis is bright and clean, with all of the original white silkscreened text present, retaining the original chicken head knobs. In similar condition, the original tweed and oxblood grillcloth is extremely well-kept with only modest ambering of the lacquer on the tweed, and only very faint wear and staining, largely relegated to the bottom edges of the enclosure. The leather handle is original and in great shape, 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.
The original brown canvas Victoria Luggage cover is included.