Others claim to use good quality parts, but don't buy the hype. For maximum vintage Tweed Deluxe tone and performance, the Speed Shop goes to great lengths to source only the finest new componentry from top manufacturers and new old stock (NOS) parts wherever possible for every amplifier created. Capturing vintage Fender Mojo is the number 1 priority for Rondo and the Speed Shop.
Custom-Series: 1955 5D3 "Wide Panel" Fender Deluxe circuit, built to customer specifications.
Please call or email with any questions and/or to place an order.
Featuring Only the Finest Components Available - Expertly Assembled:
Mercury Magnetics Power Transformer
Mercury Magnetics / Magnetic Components or Vintage Output Iron
Jupiter / NOS Capacitors
Sprague / F&T Electrolytic Capacitors
Ohmite Wirewound Cathode Resistor
Optional: Speed Shop TD58OT Custom Output Transformer: Add $50
Cotton Cloth Wire
Shock Mounted and Threadlocked Sockets
5D3 Characteristics Versus 5E3:
Similar headroom, less punch, more linear overdrive.
5D3 ADSR (attack decay sustain release) versus 5E3 circuit: Shorter attack and decay amplitude nets less touch sensitivity (more compressed) and smoother response - where digging in with the pick can push a low-volume 5E3 into overdrive, the 5D3 remains cleaner. Sustain time (no more than the 5E3) seems longer in the 5D3 due to the flatter attack-decay curve.
With either humbuckers or single-coils, the 5D3 is a great circuit for fast, easy and controlled action when operated at low gain settings as well as smooth and singing when overdriven. Smooth-cone Weber P12R speakers sound particularly nice across the board.
Frequency response: The 5D3 exhibits a sweet top and fat bottom end. Jumpering channels and/or experimenting with volume interaction and tone settings can dial-in lows and shape highs at any gain setting and pickup type and/or position. Overall, the 5D3 sounds just as vintage but a bit darker and smoother than the 5E3.
Where a 5E3 can punish those less acquainted with its extreme touch-sensitivity, the 5D3 is an easier amp to play due to its flatter ADSR response.
Each completed chassis includes:
Speed Shop Nameplate
Finished vintage speaker wire with Switchcraft plug
Chassis mounting hardware
All amplifiers are guaranteed against defects in workmanship and materials for a period of 1 year, parts and labor, with shipping costs the responsibility of the owner. This warranty is voided in the event of abuse, misuse, or any modifications to the circuit performed by third parties or otherwise unauthorized personnel. Vintage components provided on an as-is basis.
All Tweed Deluxe Speed Shop amplifiers are fully tested and auditioned by Rondo prior to shipping.
Amp Setup: Bright channel high input, jumpered to normal channel high input. Tone 12, bright volume 5+, normal volume 10+.
Tube set: NOS Tung-Sol 6V6GT, NOS 60's RCA 12AX7, 12AY7, JAN Phillips 5Y3GT.
Guitar: 1968 Gibson ES-335.
Speaker: 2001 Weber P12R, smooth cone. Eric Clapton's "Crossroads" Variations.
Amp Setup: Bright channel low input. Tone 9, bright volume 3, normal volume 6. Tube set: NOS Tung-Sol 6V6GT, NOS 60's RCA 12AX7, 12AY7, JAN Phillips 5Y3GT. Guitar: 1968 Gibson ES-335. Speaker: 2001 Weber P12R, smooth cone. Riffs: Donald Fagen's "New Frontier," George Benson's "Breezin'."
To Place an Order:
All chassis are built to order with current lead times of 4-6 weeks. Shipping charges and any applicable taxes must be calculated before payment can be accepted. Please contact us for a complete quote. PayPal, check and wire transfers accepted. All chassis are upgradable to a 240 volt universal power supply. International orders welcome.