From Fender – “The handwired ’57 Custom Deluxe is a bit of electronic wizardry—an extraordinary amplifier with stunning clean tone and the complex, organic overdrive guitarists crave. Based on the original highly sought-after collector’s piece, this two-channel combo sings and snarls with the authentic Fender sound that birthed rock ‘n’ roll.
The original all-tube 5E3 circuit is renowned for its early-onset distortion and highly interactive controls—a little experimentation unlocks a world of tonal treats for your ears. The classic design is updated with improved volume pot tapers, offering more precise control at low settings used for rich, mellow clean tone from the Instrument and Mic channels. The handwired circuit includes premium yellow coupling capacitors chosen for their authentic vintage Fender tone—producing sparkly cleans and creamy overdrive with smooth top end and round mids. A newly designed single 12” 8-ohm Eminence® Special Design alnico speaker delivers these rocking vintage tones, driven by a pair of 6V6 power tubes for 12 watts of classic tube sound and a 5Y3 rectifier tube for authentic tweed touch-sensitive response.
Period-accurate appointments include a lacquered tweed covering and a top-mounted control panel with easy access to the highly responsive chickenhead control knobs—all housed in a durable cabinet. With timeless looks and premium vintage sound, the ’57 Custom Deluxe delivers everything a guitarist’s heart could desire.”
- Reissue of a 1957 Fender Deluxe combo amp
- Handwired circuitry
- 12-watt all-tube guitar combo amplifier
- Single 12” 8-ohm speaker
- Original 5E3 circuit with Fender Pure Vintage yellow capacitors and Mercury Magnetics transformers
- Single 12AY7 and single 12AX7 preamp tubes, two GT6V6 power tubes and single 5Y3 rectifier tube
- Improved volume pot tapers on both channels
The tonal richness and touch-sensitive dynamics of r6V6 tubes and point-to point wiring gives this Fender amp an unmistakable “Tweed Era” voice. It features custom-made yellow coupling capacitors chosen specifically for their authentic vintage Fender tone. In vintage tone circuits such as this 5E3 design they generate extra harmonic content and airiness.
This one was bought from the USA in 2012. Respected Sydney amp tech Vito Portolesi converted it to Aussie voltage with a correct Mercury Magnetics 240v power transformer. The original Eminence speaker has been replaced with a Jensen Special Design P12Q 8 ohm unit, which sounds great at every volume setting from clean to mean. A definite improvement we think.
Dave Peach of Peach Audio recently completed a full service, and it sounds gorgeous – all the rich gloopy sparkle (technical term) below about 4, and that famous “I’m about to explode” overdrive above that. The finger-jointed pine cabinet adds a touch of natural reverb as well.
Comes with its original Fender vinyl cover in good condition.