Fender Deluxe 5E3 Tube Amplifier (1958)

Fender  Deluxe 5E3 Tube Amplifier (1958)
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Fender Deluxe 5E3 Model Tube Amplifier (1958), made in Fullerton, California, serial # D-6001, tweed fabric covering finish.
 
Height is 15 1/2 in. (39.4 cm.), 19 13/16 in. (50.3 cm.) width, and 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm.) deep.

This is a relatively clean and original 1958 Deluxe, though it does have some repairs. The tweed is quite decently preserved overall, with some dirt and scuffing and a couple of small cigarette burn on the top. The one real oddity is a patched spot to the lower right side of the cabinet just under the label about 3" X 1.5". Someone long ago added a dual convenience jack to the SIDE of the cabinet -- probably in 1958! This rather dangerous contrivance has been removed and the area has had the wood and tweed replaced, but the scars still show. The interior label was damaged a bit but is mostly intact and everything can still be read. This is not an operational issue but it is a rather unusual repair. The handle and brackets are newer as well; it came in with a large metal drawer pull screwed to the top!

Other than this, the amp has only typical maintenance repairs. Internally there is some light cap work and a 3-prong cord added. The amp is set up with nice NOS Sylvania power tubes, and the original blue Jensen speaker (coded 220829) has just been perfectly reconed by Weber. The faceplate plating and printed graphics are quite clean and crisp. The serial number is D-6001 which we think is cool for no logical reason. Apart from the cabinet repair, this is a very nice example of the "Golden age" Deluxe, one of the finest combo amps ever designed. It sounds great just like it should and still looks incredibly sharp; the epitome of tweed cool. Overall Excellent - Condition.