Fender Tweed Deluxe Amps 1958 and 1959
Posted on February 01 2021
These two vintage 1958 and 1959 Fender Deluxe amplifiers with original tweed covering came through the shop in 2020! They are both fantastic uncirculated examples of what is likely the most iconic Fender amplifier produced in the 1950s.
1958 Fender Deluxe Amp 5E3 tweed
This clean 1958 Fender Deluxe Amp was very well preserved under its original canvas cover! It even had its original hang tag. The tube chart ink stamp code reads "HK" where H = 1958 and K = November. You can check out How to date a vintage Fender guitar amp for help with Fender amp dating. We can also see the potentiometer code "137 642" on the volume pot which indicates that the pot was manufactured during the 42 week of 1956. It's likely that a large batch of pots were purchased and used slowly over the next few years (How to date guitar with potentiometer codes).
This picture shows the interior of the chassis with circuit board, capacitors, and the back side of the power transformers. My amplifier technician installed replacement filter capacitors since the originals were decades past their intended life span. The electrolytic inside the capacitors tends to dry out and drift so far beyond spec that it could damage the amplifier. The three large black and great cylinders in the middle of the circuit board are the updated capacitors. The original mustard yellow Astron branded coupling capacitors all tested within proper spec so we were proud to leave them in the circuit.
1959 Fender Deluxe Amp Tweed
This 1959 Fender Deluxe Amp is also a very clean example! It came in from the daughter of its original owner along with a very cool 1958 Fender Jazzmaster guitar (You can contact me here to sell a vintage Fender Jazzmaster!). This amp is also well preserved and has its original transformers, Jensen P-12R speaker, and speaker cone.
The tube chart ink stamp date code reads "ID" where I indicates 1959 and D indicates April. The ID ink stamp is also on the inside of the chassis so this amp was likely assembled in April of 1959. Jensen speaker code reads "220904" where 220 = Jensen, 9 = 1959, and 04 indicates the 4th week.