Fender Deluxe Previously Owned by Steely Dan's Walter Becker Tube Amplifier (1949)

Fender  Deluxe Previously Owned by Steely Dan
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Fender Deluxe Previously Owned by Steely Dan's Walter Becker Model Tube Amplifier (1949), made in Fullerton, California, serial # 1079, tweed fabric covering finish.
 
Height is 16 1/4 in. (41.3 cm.), 18 in. (45.7 cm.) width, and 7 1/2 in. (19 cm.) deep.

This lovely looking and great sounding very early tweed Deluxe was until recently in the collection of Steely Dan's Walter Becker, one of the most discerning connoisseurs of tone we knew. This is an early-pattern TV-front amp from the period when Fender was still a small local California company, and these are much rarer than later versions of this perennial favorite. The Steely Dan studio catalog markings are on a piece of red tape on the upper right side of the cabinet.

Externally the tweed is quite clean and has a dark, smoky patina; we believe this is most likely an old re-tweed, although it looks very authentic. The lacquer is heavier overcoat than Fender generally used in that period, so at the very least was lacquered over long ago. The control panel has some corrosion, and a decent amount of the graphics are rubbed away. Internally the chassis shows some light corrosion. The amp has had a full recap and been re-biased to spec; the transformers and speaker are original. The Fender name plate is original, the correct style repro handle is held by the original brackets. The sound is wonderful, as one would expect given the pedigree! Excellent Condition.