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Another Day, Another 50's Tweed Deluxe.

Discussion in 'Amp Tech Center' started by Luthier Vandros, Mar 2, 2021.

  1. Luthier Vandros

    Luthier Vandros Tele-Afflicted

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    Grab a schematic like the tweed champ and stare at it until it starts looking familiar. Read read read. Build your own. Blow it up. Start over. That’s a start! I never imagined I’d be working on these amps.
     
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    I think the green paint was a "thing" for a while at Fender. Here's one, signed by Lupe Lopez, with the same paint:

    Original_5E3_Deluxe_Tube_Sockets2.jpg
     
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    David, I’m telling you, man — not knowing whose signature is on that kids deluxe is making me nuts. I wonder if the color of the paint on those fasteners is indicative of who wired the amp. Did they choose their own colors? Or was it whatever was run that day?
     
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    Lowerleftcoast Friend of Leo's

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    Just wondering... In different times, I wonder if some college student could decipher the signature on the tape for a forensics class project.

    Hey, it could happen.

    Billy Zoom told me his Silver Jet was X-rayed at a local hospital when Gretsch was planning the *signature* production run. They did not have records of the chambering in their files. The X-ray solved the mystery.
     
  5. Luthier Vandros

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    Just saw this in my mind as I read lol
     

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    Hmmm... nail polish being used in the says before loctite? I should be doing that as well.
     
  7. Luthier Vandros

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    Speak for yourself brother. I’ll be damned if I use up my precious purple sparkle on that stuff. Ha Hah I tell you, it obviously works for that purpose. Still holding tight after 50 + years.
     
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    Note to self... Pick up sea foam green nail polish at the dollar store. Leave the damned precious purple sparkle for the luthiers.
     
  9. Luthier Vandros

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    :lol:
     
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    ScottJPatrick Friend of Leo's

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    Don't have many tweed deluxes over here but we've got plenty things that look just like that one!

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  11. Luthier Vandros

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    Now that’s a juicy burger my friend
     
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    yup, Aberdeen Angus is one of the finest cuts of meat you will ever find. Saw that 2nd photo on your thread and somehow immediately thought of highland cows, it's all about the fringe!
     
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    Well, good job making me mentally conflate beef with vintage fender amps. Now I have a pavlovian salivation response I can't shake whenever I see a tweed amp!
     
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    Thanks for posting these pics! I think it's great to have as many pics as possible of as many exemplars possible of these vintage amps -- especially when you can get good pics of the guts. A kind of catalogue, if you will.
     
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    It’s my pleasure. I wish I had more time, so you all could have had a closer look at the little special details. Cheers my man.
     
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    Looks to me like it says "Lupe" if you don't let that very dark mark distract your eyes. The L spans almost the entire width of the tape and the E almost all the way to the end but some appears to be rubbed off.
     
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    ^ good call.

    I like the jagged ends of the tape. Thinking of those old school dispensers with the saw blade sized cutters.
     
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    Yeah well, as I was plugging in a Tele, I instantly and blindly thought: "Mmm-mm, BEEF!" Just to reinforce your point!
    Just Droolin'
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    The green paint was indeed a thread locker. Fender used red and blue paint in the early days. The green appeared in the mid-1950's. They eventually dropped the practice when they started using self-tapping screws to mount the tube sockets.

    At CLF Research they still have Leo's mint green workbenches. Why were they mint green? Leo had some paint left over from guitar body color experiments and, in typical fashion, simply found another use for the leftover paint. Was this the same paint used as thread locker on the socket mounting screws? Maybe...

     
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    NICE
     
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