This is a vintage 1959 Fender “Deluxe” electric guitar amplifier. This 5E3 narrow panel example, serial number D06894, is in very nice original condition. Considered one of the most iconic vintage guitar amplifiers ever made, the 4-input Tweed Deluxe is an incredible-sounding amp famous for producing Neil Young’s singing sustain and for showcasing Don Felderâs (Eagles) musical solos.
Serial Number: D06894
Speaker Code: 220926 (Jensen, 1959)
Tube Chart Date Code Stamp: IB (February 1959)
As mentioned, this example is in well-preserved original condition. The Tweed exterior is in very nice condition condition overall with some expected wear, slight fraying along a couple seams, a few lights stains and typical fading. The original back panels are intact and in very nice condition, and the original grill cloth is in near perfect shape. The original leather handle exhibits some normal wear, but is also intact and functional. Unlike most, the bottom of the amp is surprisingly clean and crisp with no evidence of exposure to water or humidity.
The chassis is also quite pristine, with all original graphics displayed perfectly. The amp was quite obviously stored in a temperate and humidity-controlled environment, as there is zero oxidation visible on both the chassis and electronic components. The speaker frame retains all paint, and does not display dents, scratches, or markings from cables/footswitches/etc.
The amp works perfectly and soundsâ¦ AMAZING! The amp produces sweet syrupy overdrive with natural and musical compression. The non-original, thought possibly appropriate, Jensen P12R is in remarkable shape, and the original cone is firm and efficient. All of the caps are original, all of which are in excellent condition, and do not show visible or audible evidence of fatigue. All of the tubes are original as well, aside from (1) ’70s RCA 6V6.
This amp is a great example for both the player and collector alike, and would be a perfect choice for those who want an inspirational rehearsal partner, need a solid vintage studio amp or aren’t afraid to take real gear out for performances!