1960 Fender Tremolux 5G9
Posted on February 07 2020
Fender introduced the Tremolux model in 1955 as their first amp with tremolo built in rated at about 15 watts. By 1960, the Tremolux featured a larger cabinet and an output rating of about 18 watts with its transition to the 5G9 circuit. The 5G9 Tremolux uses a 5U4 (GZ34) recitfier tube and a fixed bias allowing for significantly more head room than the lower powered 5E3 Deluxe from the same time period. A mistake at the factory in late 1959 and 1960 allowed for old tube charts with the circuit designation 5E9-A to be used on Tremolux amps with the 5G9 circuit.
I'm always looking to buy vintage Fender guitar amplifiers but I especially love the tweed era Fender Tremolux amp. Please contact me to sell my Fender Tremolux amplifier:
This January 1960 Fender Tremolux wired by Rachel in Fullerton, CA features the 5G9 circuit but uses an old tube chart with 5E9-A label. The amp is in great mechanical condition with original transformers, yellow Astron coupling caps, and Jensen P12R speaker. Updated parts include: rectifier tube socket, filter capacitors, three prong power cord, 6V6 power tubes (matched Tung Sol). The amp performs flawlessly with sparkly cleans and nicely driven crunch at high volumes. The tweed shows plenty of wear from years of being stored away but the internal components show little playing time. The leather handle is a nice replacement and the metal feet are missing from the bottom. This will be a fine amp for decades to come with proper maintenance.