’65 Deluxe Reverb Reissue rewire

This project will be to remove the printed circuit boards from my ’65 Fender Deluxe Reverb Amp (made in 2010) and replace them with real, old style point to point wiring with beefier quality components. I will wire this to be an exact Fender AB763 circuit. Notice the small, inexpensive components, ribbon cables, push on connectors, and thin wires going to the tube sockets. It is all done to keep costs down. Not only do these modern...

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Up And Running!

Here it is folks, my 5E3 Deluxe Tweed amp! Had to tweak a couple of things, but overall very pleased with the result. Everything dialed in to spec really nicely. A couple of changes made thanks to the talent and guidance from a few of the excellent electronics forums. Here’s a shot of my work before two small wiring changes. I love this amp circuit,  it’s just great. Smooth, raw, mellow, aggressive, compressed, sustain for days,...

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Number One 5E3 chassis completed.

Today I put the finishing touches on my first 5E3 chassis. Now it’s time to go through initial power up testing. First a dim bulb current check with no tubes. Check. Then with the RCA NOS black plate rectifier tube. Check. Then putting in the pre-amp tubes and looking at the signal with an O – scope at the end of the pre-amp section. Everything looks great so far, and very quiet. Next we put in the JJ 6V6 output tubes. Happily, the...

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Speaker Arrives

The speaker I ordered from Weber Vintage Sound Technology  arrived today. It was hand made especially for my order by the good folks in Kokomo, IN. I chose the Weber 12A125A 30 watt with light doping. That means it is a 30 watt, 8 ohm, 12″ speaker with an 11oz AlNiCo magnet. It has a 1.25″ voice coil, curved seam and ribbed cone. Doping is the black goop applied to the edge of the speaker to dampen it. Weber’s description is,...

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Circuit Board Build

Here are the two circuit boards populated with all components tacked in with the exception of one coupling capacitor I’m waiting on. You can see that the eyelets are not fully soldered in because pretty much every one of them is getting a wire connection  so that’s when they will be fully soldered.   New Old Stock (NOS) tubes from eBay. An RCA black plate and a Tung-Sol 5y3 recitfier tube. You really shouldn’t use modern...

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Let’s get this thing started

Started to populate the hardware. I am actually building two chassis at the same time, one for my combo and one for my pal Jack Murray, who will put it in a head cab for use in his studio. Jack made this web site. Jack’s cool. Here are the twins as of tonight. Mostly finger tight for now. Waiting on the pre-amp sockets, because I ordered the wrong size the first time, and the fuse holders, because I forgot to remember to order them. Mine...

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