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2009 Acme Instruments 5E3 Deluxe Tube Amp Red Lacquer Tweed 1x12 w/ Neil Young Mods


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Up for sale, a 2009 Acme Instruments 5E3 Deluxe tube amplifier in exceptional condition and in perfect working order with a custom red lacquered tweed enclosure. This boutique USA-made amp was assembled by Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar's in-house tech Jesse Quitslund of Acme Instruments, and this select build features a host of tweaks and modifications matching circuit specs for Neil Young’s renowned 1959 Fender Tweed-era Deluxe. The amp delivers a detailed tonal range from glassy, touch-sensitive cleans to churning drive that can be biting and bright or smooth and velvety. Bridging the two channels on the four input design allows the gain to cascade between the two channels for additional ripping power.

The chassis and vintage-spec transformers were sourced from MojoTone, while all other parts are hand-selected upgrades to the original circuit design, featuring high-grade, 1% tolerance NOS resistors and military spec paper-in-oil caps, all cleanly wired on an eyelet board. To better match the nuanced sonics from value drift in vintage units, the resistor values are 10% higher, offering that sought after, subtle softness to the signal. The tube set includes a smooth plate Telefunken 12AX7 in the first preamp position, a black plate RCA 12AX7 for the phase inverter, Tung Sol 6V6 power tubes, and a General Electric 5Y3 rectifier. The speaker is a modern Jensen C12Q 12" driver that faithfully replicates the tonal properties of the circuit.

The finger-jointed pine cabinet is covered in red lacquered tweed with a subtle gold sparkle effect on top, and the cabinet was lacquered by Wire Instruments. Other traditional Fender-style accents include oxblood grillcloth with gold stripe, a custom Acme badge on the amp's face, a leather handle, vintage chicken head knobs, a vintage Valco-style pilot lamp, and chrome-plated faceplate with white silkscreen lettering.

A Victoria Luggage-style brown canvas cover is included.