Vintage 1955 Fender Deluxe-Amp guitar amplifier

John Shults

Posted on May 19 2020

Vintage 1955 Fender Deluxe guitar amp tweed

 

This amazingly clean vintage 1955 Fender Deluxe-Amp with tweed covering came through the shop last year. It's a very well preserved vintage Fender guitar amplifier. I'm always a vintage Fender guitar amplifier buyer but I especially love the tweed Deluxe amps from the 1950s. Please contact me to sell a vintage Fender guitar amp.

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"The Deluxe Amplifier is as modern as tomorrow and will give long lasting satisfaction to the owner." (Fender Electric Instrument Co catalog 1955). Fender debuted the new 5E3 circuit Deluxe model amplifier in 1955 with an updated cabinet design that became known as the narrow panel tweed Deluxe. The cabinet was made wider from 18" to 20" in 1956 but the circuit remained largely unchanged until 1961. The 5E3 circuit has been widely cloned and copied for players in search of its legendary smooth breakup and classic electric guitar tone.

This clean 5E3 small cabinet Fender "Deluxe" Amplifier was wired by Lupe Lopez in 1955 and has survived in wonderful original condition. All parts appear to be original to the amp except for the matched period correct GE 6v6 power tubes, period GE 5y3 rectifier tube, and reproduction leather handle. Both transformers are original as well as the Jensen P12R speaker. The amplifier performed beautifully during our 10 minute test. Since the original filter capacitors were never meant to last 63 years, we recommend they be replaced along with a grounded power cord installation before playing the amp.

Vintage 1955 Fender Deluxe guitar amp tweed

Vintage 1955 Fender Deluxe guitar amp tweed

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Vintage 1955 Fender Deluxe guitar amp tweed

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chassis, transformers, 1955 Fender Deluxe amp tweed

Jensen P12R speaker, 1955 Fender tweed Deluxe

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