Fender Deluxe Model 5C3 Tube Amplifier (1953)

Fender  Deluxe Model 5C3 Tube Amplifier (1953)
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Fender Deluxe Model 5C3 Model Tube Amplifier (1953), made in Fullerton, California, serial # 1157, tweed fabric covering finish.
 
Height is 16 1/4 in. (41.3 cm.), 18 in. (45.7 cm.) width, and 8 5/8 in. (21.9 cm.) deep.

This is an early example of a wide-panel tweed Deluxe, one of Fender's all-time classic amplifiers. The tube chart and chassis in this amp carries the code stamp "CK", showing the production date was November 1953. The masking-tape with the assembler's signature remains inside the chassis; Julia wired this one up.

There has been some typical cap work (all electrolytic replaced), but the circuit remains original. The cord is a new 3-prong, the tubes NOS. The original lacquered tweed covering has some wear but nothing extreme, mostly fraying to the edges. The handle currently on the amp is the original style but somewhat later. The control plate is relatively clean and stenciled graphics show minor wearing away.

With the original single 12" blue Jensen (this one dated 43rd week of 1953) perfectly reconed by Weber this 1953 Deluxe is simply one of the best small club gigging and general recording amps ever designed. This remains a fine-sounding unit both clean and cranked to "12"...yes, that's one past "11." Generally well-maintained, and an amp ready to rock for another 65+ years. Excellent - Condition.