Posted by on February 8, 2013 in Amp Repair, Home | 1 comment

The parts have mostly all come in. I wanted to try to get everything I needed together first, but does that really EVER happen? There are some really good quality suppliers out there, and I decided right from the start I would cut no corners, nor use anything less than the best I could find for this project. The idea is to build a period correct exact reproduction of the 1955 5E3 Tweed Deluxe amp, probably the most recorded amp in the world, with the only exception being an update to the ground scheme to put it in the modern world. More on this later. The first thing to arrive was the most excellent chassis and eyelet fiber board from Mojotone.

Mojotone 5E3 Deluxe Tweed chassis and fiberboard

Mojotone 5E3 Deluxe Tweed chassis and fiberboard

Then the Mercury Magnetics transformer set. Exact clones from a 1950′s Fender Tweed Deluxe. They are expensive, but I don’t think there is a better quality product to be had for American style guitar amps. Worth the cost in my opinion.

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Mercury Magnetics output and power transformers

Next was the bag of goodies from American Electronic Supply and Mojotone. Full geek mode here.

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Component samples for 5E3 Tweed Deluxe build


Ceramic tube sockets

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Ceramic tubes sockets with clips and shields

CTS brass shaft pots with chicken head knobs.

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CTS brass shaft pots with chicken head knobs


Solid core cloth covered wire and shielded input wire.

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22 gauge solid core shielded and cloth covered wire


Carling switches.

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Carling power switches and Fender style lamp holder with custom green jewel


And the best filter caps, Sprague Atom.

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Sprague Atom 500v filter capacitors


Then my cabinet came in. A wonderful handmade, one at a time, per order beauty from American Tweeds. It is beautiful. Thank you Jeff!

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Tweed Deluxe cabinet from American Tweeds

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Back of Tweed Deluxe cabinet from American Tweeds


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10 foot 14 gauge power cable

And this massive 14 gauge power cord I got locally from my pals at HR Distributors in Portland, ME. My theory is to always have the most robust power cord you can, because the math matters. Remember, no corners cut here. The hardest part of this project may be fitting this big cord through the chassis!


1 Comment

  1. Looking good Randall! Can’t wait to see the end result!

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