Fender Deluxe 6G3 Tube Amplifier (1963)

Fender  Deluxe 6G3 Tube Amplifier (1963)
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Fender Deluxe 6G3 Model Tube Amplifier (1963), made in Fullerton, California, serial # D-04439, brown tolex covering finish.

This "brown" Deluxe is a super clean and fairly late example of this classic Fender amp. The 6G3 design dates to the dawn of the '60s, a period which saw a major revamp of both aesthetic and sonic design introducing the "modern" amplifier styles still de rigeur today. The new features included slanted front-facing control panels, new Tolex-covered cabinetry and a plethora of new models for the start of the soon-to-become iconic decade for Fender.

The new brown-panel 6G3 Deluxe picked up where the tweed 5E3 Deluxe left off, though the new circuit is quite a departure from the 1950s classic. It features a two channels with entirely independent controls for volume and tone, as well as a bias-vary tremolo. The new power section was fixed-bias and used a GZ34 rectifier, resulting in overall more headroom, volume and a tighter feel and response; the classic '60s sound. The preamp has comparatively more gain and offers more saturation and compression when pushed, while maintaining plenty of headroom for the dual-6V6 amp category. The 6G3 puts out around 15-18W into a 12" speaker. These brown amps are sonically unique, and we feel were underappreciated for decades.
 
Height is 17 in. (43.2 cm.), 20 3/4 in. (52.7 cm.) width, and 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm.) .

This amp is in very fine original condition with relatively little wear anywhere. The stamp on the tube chart reads MA, indicating the amp was assembled in January of 1963. According to various records, Fender made around 1100 Deluxe 6G3s in '63 and with the relatively late serial number D-04439, this was in the last few hundred of these amps that Fender ever made.

The brown Tolex covering is in fantastic shape with only very minor wear; a couple small scuffs and dings around the top corner areas and a few scratch marks underneath the handle. The control panel looks stellar as well with only minor signs of wear and one notable scratch near the logo. The grillcloth is in great shape with no tears or disfiguration and the handle appears original with all the surrounding hardware and chassis straps only showing minor signs of corrosion.

Electrically, the amp is nicely original. The speaker is a period-correct Fender-branded Oxford 12K5-3, marked 465-248, dating it to the 48th week of 1962. Both the Schumacher-made power and output transformers are original and are marked 606-208 and 606-228, dating to the 8th and 28th week of 1962, respectively. The amp has received our typical servicing, including replacement of all electrolytic caps, a 3-prong grounded power cord installed, cleaning of all sockets, pots and jacks and biased to spec.

This is a superb example of this great-sounding Fender, far better preserved than most. Loud enough for most modern gigging situations but small enough for recording purposes, the brown Deluxe has a real signature sound with a smooth overdrive curve suitable to many applications. The '61-63 Deluxe is one of the shop favorite amps here, and this is about the nicest we have had. Excellent + Condition.