FACTOIDS & TRIVIA
Fender tweed amps are highly collectible. The most popular (and numerous) of these was the Deluxe which saw several circuit and two cosmetic changes during the 1950s. One of the earliest versions of the Deluxe (Model 5B3/5C3) was produced between 1948 and 1952. It is often referred to as having "TV Front" cosmetics since the wide panels around the grill resembled the old television sets of the 1950s. The circuit in this amp is the most primitive of the tweed Deluxes and uses an early dual triode tube (6SC7) in the preamp. The 6SC7 has less gain than a 12AX7, but has a rich sound which gives the early Deluxe a reputation as an excellent amp for electric blues.
FENDER DELUXE AMP 5B3 (1950)
Power Amp: Tube; 2 x 6V6GT, 12 watts RMS @ 8 ohms
Preamp: Tube; 2 x 6SC7
Rectifier: Tube; 1 x 5Y3GT
Speaker: 1 x 12" Jensen P12R
Channels: 2 (Instrument, Microphone); 2 inputs (Instrument), 1 input (Microphone)
Controls: Volume for each channel, master tone
Dimensions: 16 1/4 H x 18 W x 7 1/2 D inches
Total Weight: 26 lb.
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