Fender '57 Custom Deluxe Amp Day!

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  1. AxemanVR

    AxemanVR Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

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    I've been jones'n to get one of these for the last year and a half but finally found a smoking hot deal I couldn't resist ($1250!):

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    I was surprised to find a "Fender" branded 12AY7 preamp tube in the V1 position.

    Anyway, it was time to fire it up and plug in. First impressions...

    1) LOUD!

    This thing packs quite a punch!

    2) MASSIVE BOTTOM END!

    There is an astounding amount of bass available in this little box. I have to admit that I was a little concerned with it being too loud and too fat sounding - especially with hotter single coil and humbucker pickups, but after a little fiddling I managed to dial in the sweet sounds I was hoping for and am very stoked that my new 5E3 amp is blessed with the tones I need to make it worth keeping (especially considering the price range these things are going for new).

    I definitely have a lot more exploring to do and I plan to provide updates on what I find, as I discover new things about this amp.

    Bottom line? So far I am thrilled with what I'm hearing and I have a good feeling that my new (to me) Fender '57 Custom Deluxe 5E3 amp will be with me for years to come...



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  2. scelestus

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    Congrats! I have the previous non Custom version and I love that amp. There's so much to its simplicity!
     
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    I have one with a Jensen that Fender made about 10 years ago. I replaced the V1 with a 12AY7. They're fun to experiment with and now I just leave everything on 9 and use the knobs on the guitar. Be warned, they are a "warts and all" amp. Congrats on your NAD!
     
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    Congrats, that's one cool amp. Enjoy!
     
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    The 57 custom series is great. Congrats and enjoy!!
     
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    Very cool! The 12AY7 looks like a rebranded JJ Electronic.
     
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    Very cool amp!
     
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    Nice.
     
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    Congrats on a killer deal on a killer amp! Great pix too!

    I agree with EsquireBoy, and recently picked up your amp's little brother - the 57 Custom Champ. It also came with a 12AY7 preamp and has a lot more bottom end and fuller, richer sound than I expected. I prefer the 12AY7 to a 12AX7 in that amp. Love it!

    I have a nice 5E3 clone, but never have tried or actually heard the 57 Custom Deluxe (which is probably a good thing lol).

    Enjoy that beauty! :)
     
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  10. EsquireBoy

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    That’s funny because when I still had my 57 custom champ, I too replaced the 12ax7 by a 12ay7 and liked it even better with it.
     
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    I’m a big Neil Young fan so have been interested in one of these for a long while - there’s one for sale nearby that I’ve made tentative enquiries about, but I feel like it will be too loud for my needs given I largely just play around the house. Do you think would be the case?
     
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    Congratulations . We all know how important it is to have the gear we need to let the Muses sing our hearts desires
    Have lotsa fun. I think your photos capture the beauty of the amp.
     
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    Great amp, played one at a unique opportunity and was overwhelmed!
     
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    You can get a decent clean sound at lower volume levels, but we all know that’s not where the magic is.

    So, for home use you’d have to attenuate it if you want a pushed sound.

    I have lower 5 watt amps that work better for home use (and even they can be too loud for a pushed sound).

    I too would like to crank my Deluxe at home, so I’m looking at some attenuators, although I am sure there will be tonal trade offs there.

    Anyway, the short answer is “yes” it’s probably going to be way too loud for home use by itself.

    Sorry...


     
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    I’d just get an attenuator and rock on. There’s plenty of ways to play quieter these days.
     
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    Congrats!!:):)
    I have the previous 2006 version and have no trouble playing with the rest of the band (guitar, bass, drums), volume on 10-12, tone around noon..
    Takes pedals very good(no acid highs), sounds best after 2 hours of playing(must be warmed like coffey machine), breathes like an animal (with delay playing into it):twisted:
     
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    Great deal. At that price too I would of jumped too. Congratulations!
     
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    Great deal- great amp! Fender would sell thousands upon thousands at the price you paid! To the person who liked neil young and wondered about volume- if you can play drum set in your house- the amps not too loud. If not able to play full tilt, it still is wonderful with a pedal to push it.
     
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