1959 Fender Harvard

Here is a vintage 1959 Fender Harvard electric guitar amplifier. This particular 5F10 example, serial number H 02368, is in absolutely impeccable 100% all original nearly NOS condition and includes the original Victoria canvas cover and the original Fender hangtag! Responsible for the unmistakable tone heard on both Green Onions and Sitting on the Dock of the Bay, Steve Cropper simply plugged his Telecaster into this great amp to achieve an instant classic imprint upon several of the most iconic American hits of the ’60s. Do not mistake this particular narrow panel Harvard for the Princeton clone (6G10) that existed shortly thereafter the 5F10. Unlike the similarly-sized Fender Princeton, this amp is robust, loud, and aggressive with a focused overdrive that will make a player reconsider using a narrow panel Deluxe.

Serial Number: H02368
Tube Chart Stamp: IE (May 1959)
Speaker Code: 220908 (Jensen)

Entirely and utterly 100% all original, this amp has remained in perfectly intact condition since purchased by the original owner 55 years ago. Clearly, this is an uncirculated example, which has also not surprisingly never been used. It is the closest anyone will ever be able to find in New Old Stock condition, short of discovering a warehouse with Tweed Fender amps sealed in the original shipping boxes. (Yes, we’re all keeping our fingers crossed just in case.) Meanwhile, imagining a finer example is not within my faculty. Even the hangtag is incredibly crisp and well-preserved. In fact, the original cover has never been folded, and stands perfectly upright when removed.

The 5F10 Harvard is a 10-watt fixed-bias amp that features; (2) 6V6 power tubes (Sylvania), a 6AT6 preamp tube (Tung-Sol), a 5Y3GT rectifier tube (RCA), a 12AX7 phase inverter (RCA), and a blue-frame Jensen P10R speaker.

Aside from this amp being all original; from every cap and tube to the speaker cone and screws, it is also the hands-down most underrated Fender amp ever produced. It is the unsung hero of the Tweeds, and sounds so good, it is only a matter of time before they are entirely absorbed by players and collectors alike. Regular examples sell for over $3,500 based on tone alone, and as is the case with most Tweed amps, it is very difficult to procure seriously clean specimens.