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Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by Ed P, Nov 3, 2011.
I didn't get the memo.
Tweed Deluxe bud.
5E3 is Fender's circuit designation for the tweed-era Deluxe. It's non-reverb, 15 watts, two 6V6s, two channels, one tone. The channels are interactive -- the one you're not using affects the one you are. It distorts very easily and has a warm, pleasing tone, especially for blues.
Great - thanks guys. I was feeling so left out until now.
It's an amp that you need.
(Really. Report back when you've acquired or built one to gush about it please)
Is there anything comparable being manufactured today (without costing an arm and a leg)? Or, are there kits? I've never built an amp.
By the way, my alltime favorite amp is my Pro Jr. Is that similar in any way?
Clark and Victoria make them but there are many other builders that make a 5E3 type of amp. I bet you'd even find some folks right on this board that would make one for you for not much more than the cost of the kit.
As far as kits....this is a very easy and fun built. Then, you'll have some bragging rights that you've built your own classic amp.
A 5E3 isn't the same as a Pro Jr. It's a dirtier more toneful amp...amazing cleans too. The reason people seem to go on and on about tweed amps is that they sound amazing and are very touch sensitive. It's the one amp that I'd play without a single pedal. It's an amp that you crank and then control the gain with the guitar's volume.
I built a Mission Amps 5E3 kit about five years ago. High quality components and great phone support if you need it.
It's an absolute blast to play. Fat gorgeous cleans, vicious overdrive, and a touch sensitive sweet spot a mile wide in between. Normal and bright channels, volume control for each, and a master tone control.
ZZ Top used one on LaGrange. Here's a link to a Black Crowes youtube clip for another example:
Yep - I built the Mission kit as well...except I bought only the chassis and components. I recomment it. I then ordered a tweed pro case and got a 15" weber speaker. It's a pretty cool amp.
Check out Li'l Dawg Amps. I've got a D-Lux that is simply spectacular. Jim Nickelson, the owner, is the nicest guy in the world, VERY helpful, easy to talk to, will answer all your questions all day long.
I'm waiting for the inevitable naysayers to chime in here saying how the Deluxe originally started out a low end model.
If you have other acronym questions, this may help. I was pretty lost until I found it.
If you're serious, I encourage you to contact TDPRI member muchxs. I have one of his 5F1 (Champ) clones - outstanding quality amp @ very reasonable price. He does 5E3's too.
5E3 = tone heaven. I have a very efficient 15 inch JBL D-130 in mine and it has just enough clean headroom to gig un-mic'd with a heavy handed drummer. They are rightly famous for their raunchy dirty tones when cranked, as in early ZZ Top and most of Niel Young's electric stuff. With some judicious use of your guitar volume knob, and the amps two volumes and one tone knob, the fat cleans and slightly dirty tones are just beautiful.
Circuit designation of Fender Amp
Doesn't the 5E3 Designation go like 5=Decade, E=5th year in Decade [abcdE] 3=Model or something along those lines?
It is Neil Young's go-to amp !
The 1st track is two 5E3's in (((stereo)))
This Tungsten's 20W clone of the all-mighty 5E3 cercuit.
<--- just hear the tone at 00m15s.
He (Tungsten) also makes the 12W Cortez.
Now i wonder where on earth he got the idea of the amp's name ?
a slice of happiness in a little tweed box.
Well, that would pretty much kill it for me.
Something like that: 5(1950's)=Decade, E=edition of model, 3=Model (Deluxe), letter suffix as in a 5F6-A Bassman is a further variation of the letter designated model.