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1950 Fender 5A3 Deluxe Amp, 'TV Front'

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Serial #: 2135, white Fullerton label

Notes: Introduced in 1946 as the Model 26, the Fender Deluxe is the firm's most popular amplifier, and one of the oldest continuously produced models in company history. By 1948 the Deluxe was given its current name, and the 5A3 is the earliest version, popularly known as the 'TV front' model. Covered with the firm's signature lacquered diagonal tweed, the Deluxe featured twin 6V6 power tubes, producing 10-14 watts through a single 12" Jensen Concert speaker. At just 26 lb, this compact amp is legendary for its superlatively creamy tone, full and vibrant at the lowest volumes, and highly saturated when cranked, with exceptional sustain.

Built in 1950, this handsome amp has been kept by a single owner in Eastern Washington for decades. Nicely maintained, the amp boasts all-original tweed covering, grille cloth, and P12R Jensen speaker (SN#220020). With original hand soldered point-to-point circuitry, the amp has been professionally recapped with genuine Sprague parts (original caps included) and is smooth and quiet even at practice volume levels.

The three input, three knob layout includes twin volume controls, and a master tone, all with original chicken head knobs. Even the ruby pilot light bezel and original AC cord remain intact, and the amp has been fitted with a vintage correct brown leather handle. Warm and throaty, the 5A3 is phenomenally powerful when cranked, making it a perennial favorite for studios and clubs alike.

A wonderful find, from Fender's most formative era. Call now.








































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