Tweed Deluxe® 5E3 Style Combo Amp Kit
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Mojotone’s Tweed Deluxe Style Amp is based on the popular 5E3 circuit from the 1950s and is by far our most popular amplifier. These amps were originally designed as medium power amps that would allow a musician to plug in more than one amplified instrument at a time. At higher volumes, this amp produces saturated tones that were adopted as signature tones for the likes of Billy Gibbons, Neil Young, Don Felder, and Larry Carlton.
Utilizing two 6V6 power tubes, one 12AY7 preamp tube, and one 12AX7 preamp tube, the circuit is simple enough to maintain a rich harmonic composition but powerful enough for guitarists to use in recording studios, rehearsals and smaller venues — and the amp is just a microphone away from being ready for bigger stages. We chose a Jensen C12Q 35 Watt speaker to complement the 5E3 style circuit, as it enhances the sound of the amp without compromising its historic tonal accuracy.
Our Tweed Deluxe style amp has two normal channel inputs and two bright channel inputs. The normal and bright channels each have their own volume control, and the two channels can even be 'jumpered' together and blended for a new range of tonal options. The global tone control also helps shape the overall timbre of the amp, giving the player total control over their sound without having to spend hours dialing in EQs.
We have a multi-tap output transformer available for this kit which features 4, 8, and 16 Ohm speaker output secondary taps. Find it here: Tweed Deluxe® Multi-Tap Output Transformer This transformer is sold separately.
- Class Type:A All Tube Amplifier
- Output:~15 Watts
- Bias Type:Cathode Biased
- Build Time:~5 hours
- Preamp Tubes:JJ ECC83/12AX7 (1), JJ 12AY7 (1)
- Output Tube(s):JJ 6V6 (2)
- Rectifier Tube:JJ 5Y3
- Transformers:Power - Deluxe Power (MOJO756EX), Output - Deluxe (MOJO768 or MOJO768SP)
- Speakers:Jensen C12Q 12" 8 ohm Speakers (1)
- Cabinet:Tweed Deluxe 1x12 Combo Cabinet
- Hardware:Tweed Deluxe Small Parts Kit, Tweed Deluxe Chassis, 10' Install Power Cord
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2. Wiring Diagram / Layout
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Building a fully functional amplifier kit is not an easy task. Before building a kit, one should have the ability to properly solder as well as read and understand a schematic and wiring diagram. While we do our very best to ensure all documentation is current, the included documentation is meant to serve as an overall guide to building the amplifier. Simply following the schematic and wiring diagram does not guarantee you will have a fully functional amplifier. In fact, post build troubleshooting is a common issue across all builds.
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Ratings & Reviews
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by Daniel -
I've been playing this almost exclusively for 3-4 months after building it, and I can assure you this is the amp you want. Low volume for some tame twang, crank the volume for some raw tube power. I bridge both outputs and use a power attenuator to get everything this amp has to offer without the guaranteed tinnitus, and as someone that owns several tube amps, this is by far my favorite. It takes pedals and any combination of tonewood/pickups incredibly well. This amp is very sensitive and gives you all the control in the world. You also get the sound and feel of a vintage amp for about a fifth of the asking price of a vintage 5E3 circuit. This amp will be my studio beast/trusty gigging steed, and Mojotone couldn't have made it easier to build yourself. Follow the steps that Mojotone gave you (CAREFULLY) and have fun!
What a great experience
What a great experience. I took my time and checked my wiring over and over and it worked the first time I went through the testing and power up process. The kit is well organized and very well documented. The cabinet was top quality and just beautifully built. Just a joy to build and a very rewarding experience.
Just remember to switch your meter from AC to DC when completing the tests of the transformer voltages and moving on to the voltage checks on the board. I also built a dim bulb test fixture for extra confidence and to protect the amp when power up testing. The dim bulb fixture will shunt all the current to a light bulb if there is a short in the amp and will protect it from burning up components. A light bulb, socket, power outlet, some wire from the hardware store and you have extra insurance on power up. There are youtube videos that show how simple it is to build.
I wanted something true to the original without dropping $3,000 and the current Fender reissue doesn't have the bright channels but mic inputs instead. Built a radio 30 years ago but otherwise have no build or tube equipment experience and it was an easy fairly simple project. About 8 hours of work over 2 days for me. Take your time and make sure your soldering skills are good and you will succeed.