Tweed Deluxe® 5E3 Style Combo Amp Kit

26 Reviews
$523.62 to $1,149.99
SKU: G1FTD819
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Please read our article 'Mojotone Amp Kit Building Primer' along with our amp kit disclaimer located in the Specs tab before buying this kit.


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
  • Circuit:5E3
  • 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

Disclaimer: Some of the parts contained in this kit are subject to availability.

Mojotone reserves the right to change or substitute any and all of the parts contained in this amplifier kit without advertisement or notification to the buyer. Part substitutions made by Mojotone are guaranteed not to affect the integrity or operation of your amplifier kit. Time estimates listed are from start to finish. If you are new to tube amplifiers, additional time may need to be factored.


When purchasing a kit from Mojotone, you will receive the following documentation.

1. Schematic

2. Wiring Diagram / Layout

Our beginner level kits such as the tweed champ and tweed deluxe include a manual. If you purchase a kit from Mojotone and do not receive these documents, you can obtain copies by emailing tech@mojotone.com or calling 800-927-6656. The Mojotone staff is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST unless otherwise closed.


Mojotone kits include the best quality parts that are available at the time of purchase. If a substitution is required, our team will use parts that are of equal quality to ensure the integrity of the kit build remains the same.


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.


Our staff is available to assist with basic troubleshooting needs. There are plenty of online videos available that are helpful with most post build issues. Technical staff is available via email by sending a message to tech@mojotone.com. You may also call our sales team to discuss build problems, dial 800-927-6656 and press 1 for sales.


Building a tube amplifier takes time, dedication, resources and most importantly... Skills! The experience of building an amp can come with some frustration, the reward of completing the build is definitely well worth your time. Please review the wiring diagram, schematic and manual (if applicable) prior to making your purchase. Mojotone will not accept any returns on amplifier kits and/or parts that have been assembled, soldered or modified.

This amp kit also comes with the following documents. Please feel free to view and/or download them:

Tweed Deluxe Schematic
Tweed Deluxe Wiring Diagram
Tweed Deluxe Manual


Ratings & Reviews

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6/29/2021 3:18 pm

Get this kit!

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!

2/17/2021 1:41 pm

What a great experience

by Dave

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.



Dave

2/17/2021 1:41 pm

worked flawlessly and has super tone!

by anonymous

My first build and I took forever to complete but that was the whole point. I was recovering from knee surgery and then self isolation due to corona virus I took my time and fuss over each section until I had little doubt that everything was connected correctly. I fired it up using references from the manual and a mojotone youtube video. Surprised to find it worked flawlessly and has super tone! Very happy with the whole experience. Thanks Mojotone.

2/17/2021 1:41 pm

great experience - great result

by anonymous

First time building an amp - and wow what a great experience. Amazingly the thing worked first time. Actually at first I thought there was something wrong, but the tubes needed time to warm up - sweet!

Amp sounds - AMAZING and looks great.

A few tips to future first timers. Watch the build videos - a few times with the instructions in front of you so you can see the process.

Take you time. It took me a week - working an hour or two everyday. But I stopped when I got tired - there's no rush!

Double check everything - before you solder, after you solder, and before you apply power. I printed out extra circuit diagrams and marked off each wire and connection as I checked it.

Don't strip the wires - just pull back the cloth covering.

Do a no power walk through of the voltage tests as a practice before putting the power on.

Ok - only small negatives: The speaker plug was super fiddly to get soldered right. I am sure it's period authentic, but I'd probably have opted for a more modern one. I struggled a bit with the lengths of the wires. I was worried about running out. I did get close with the green wire.

Other than that - great experience - great result. Would strongly recommend. Just TAKE YOUR TIME! Cheers

2/17/2021 1:41 pm

Outstanding kit!

by anonymous

Outstanding kit! Kept me occupied during the shelter in place situation. A few nits... Not feeling much love for soldering eyelets. I dulled my wire strippers on the all cloth wire. Maybe a choke option. Not sure I really need this much vintage authenticity, although I guess I understand why Mojo put the kit together this way.

2/17/2021 1:41 pm

I'm officially hooked

by anonymous

This amp is an absolute unit. After my first kit build (5F11), I immediately ordered the 5E3 Deluxe kit and got to work. I'm officially hooked.. Again, the quality of the chassis and parts were top notch, the components well-organized, and the amp fired right up on the first try!



It's easy to see why this circuit is so immensely popular. It's quirky, it's wild, but it absolutely roars when I wind up the Volumes with the channels jumped. I added 470 ohm screen resistors to the output tubes to smooth out the overdrive, but other than that it's bone stock.. I'm already looking forward to my next kit build!

2/17/2021 1:41 pm

this kit is the perfect reproduction!

by anonymous

If you are looking for vintage tone and want to put together a kit for yourself, look no where else. This is the best sounding amp kit I've ever built, and I've built over 50 kits myself. The sound is spot on to a vintage Tweed Deluxe, the look and feel of it is also reminiscent to the original Fender Tweed Deluxe. There is nothing more that I can say, except that this kit is the perfect reproduction!

2/17/2021 1:41 pm

any beginner can successfully complete the build with great results

by anonymous

This was my very first attempt at building an amp kit. I am generally mechanical, but aside from soldering in some pickups on a kit guitar, I had no prior experience in assembling electronics. The kit arrived very quickly and the packaging and overall quality of the cabinet and parts was outstanding. The green wire provided was about 2 feet short, but Mojotone was great about sending me the additional wire needed to complete the build. I did have a few minor issues, but overall, the assembly was very straight forward and didn't require more than good soldering skills and attention to detail. Here are a few lessons I learned about the kit and assembly that may be helpful to others who have no experience in building an amp. I ordered the multi tap output transformer (Mojo 768 SF) which includes leads for 4, 8, and 16 ohm outputs to the speaker. There is no wire diagram included for this transformer and the manual doesn’t mention the ohm rating for the included speaker. The speaker included in the kit is 8 ohm, so you need to use the green wire in lieu of the yellow wire shown in the diagram (if you are building it stock). The remaining wires need to be twisted and capped off so they don’t cause any interference. Another big lesson learned was to be very careful when soldering the pre-amp 9-pin sockets. I had some excess solder drip down into the pin socket holes, making installation of the tubes impossible. When trying to remove the excess solder, I ended up ruining them and had to reinstall new ones. Aside from being careful not to use too much solder, I found that turning the chassis upside down while soldering will prevent any excess solder from running down into the pin slots. The last area not adequately covered in the manual or shown in their demo video is the connection between the first 3 eyelets on the upper left side of the board. The wire diagram shows a bare wire jumper connection across these three eyelets, which appears to be an updated version of the schematic used in their instructional video. If you follow the directions in the manual or watch the video, the specifics on how to make this connection is not addressed. I failed to notice this when I assembled the board, and ended up with a loud 120 hertz hum and voltage readings on the 16 uf caps about 30% lower than indicated on the wiring diagram. After pulling my hair out trying to figure out what was causing the issue, I finally noticed this jumper wire on the wiring diagram. After combing through other build videos on YouTube, I noticed that builders made this connection in multiple ways, mostly on the back of the board, some with insulation and others with bare wire. Since my chassis was fully assembled before I noticed the error, I soldering a stripped piece of the green 18-gauge wire across the three eyelets and presto, the hum was gone, all the voltages checked out, and the amp roared to life. I absolutely love the tone of this amp and believe that any beginner can successfully complete the build with great results. The overall quality and top rate customer support from Mojotone is excellent, and I would highly recommend this kit to anyone.

2/17/2021 1:41 pm

This baby is a keeper

by anonymous

This was my first amp kit/build, but I have soldering and electronics experience. The parts are well organized, and between the information included and YouTube videos, the answers to my questions were available. Once completed, I connected a WGS G12Q speaker, and all I can say is WOW. I'm not Eric Johnson, but to my ears this is just pure sweet beautiful sonic bliss. Thank you MojoTone for making this available! This baby is a keeper.

2/17/2021 1:41 pm

Worth every penny, time, etc.

by anonymous

I, just like others here, bought this as my first amp build kit. It was a ton of fun putting it together. Make sure you pay attention to the "on-line" layout picture because that is where the latest revision is. The on-line instructions are very good too (you don't need the "other guys" instructions). Triple check your solder joints. You might think you don't have any cold solder joints but I'm willing to bet you will have at least one. I had a bit of a challenge with the preamp section but once I found my issue, all was good. Mojotone gives great support if you need to contact them.



Everything that other reviewers have said about this amp kit is true. After the fun of building it is over, the real joy is playing through it and the tone you will hear. It just sounds great. It took me a while to pull the trigger to buy this. I kept comparing it with the "other guy's kit". I'm very happy I chose this one. If you are reading this, stop hesitating and just do it. Worth every penny, time, etc. I'm thoroughly satisfied.

2/17/2021 1:41 pm

Great job on the tweed cabinet Mojotone! A+!!!!

by anonymous

Exellent kit! I wired the normal channel differently to have more gain by changing out some resistors/capacitors and adding a 12ax7 instead of a 12ay. The other channel remains the same with stock components. Sounds more Marshallesque! Great job on the tweed cabinet Mojotone! A+!!!!

2/17/2021 1:41 pm

outstanding amplifier

by anonymous

Simply stated, this is an outstanding amplifier.

It delivers beautifully rich clean tones and really brings the goods when you want some grunt and roll the guitar's controls up. I had a few 12" speakers not being used so in order to save a few dollars I ordered the kit without a speaker. I have a Jensen Tornado installed in it and the amp sounds absolutely terrific to my ears with both single coils and humbuckers. I often run the volumes as high as 7 up to max and can still get those lush cleans at will. I've heard a lot of folks complain how the volume on 5E3 style amps comes on fast and strong and that after 10 o'clock it's not more volume it's just more break-up. I'm a nut for good tone. I usually plug straight in to an amp and just use the guitar's controls instead of using pedals. By using RS wiring kits done 50's style in all my guitars, a low capacitance Vovox cable, picking dynamics, and a 12AY7 in V1 I can get all the cleans and all the break up I want no matter how loud this amp is turned up, just by using the guitar pots. Putting effects pedals in front of the amp just makes this great amp even more versatile. I'm so glad I bought it. I would be remiss if I didn't mention the quality of fit and finish of the tweed covered pine cabinet, 'really well done. I added several coats of amber shellac and one of my Brookwood handles and it's truly stunning. The 5E3 is the second Mojotone kit I've assembled this year, along with their tweed Champ kit. I'm back today to order the tweed Vibrolux : )

2/17/2021 1:41 pm

Great experience building my first amplifier.

by anonymous

Great experience building my first amplifier. MoJo Tone has done an outstanding job putting this kit together. The quality of the cabinet is second to none.!! It is absolutely beautiful. (lacquered tweed) I will be building another amplifier in the future. Thanks MoJo Tone.

2/17/2021 1:41 pm

superb work!

by anonymous

I got the 5e3 kit in the UK in 2009 and been gigging it ever since. I swapped the jensen c12q after a year or two for a jensen chicago 12/70 then a celestion blue, the latter i had in there for around five years, great speaker, around two weeks ago i put the c12q back in and i'm still wondering why i changed it! No other speaker can give that midrange and sparkle and bottom end combined, takes a while to calm down and decompress but when it opens up its a killer with the 5e3! The Blue is slightly louder but the c12q's mids cut through way better and lend the amp to be played in a bigger variety of venues. The c12q is pure vintage tone! Also the transformers/pine cabinet/chassis are top vintage spec, the only thing added to my build were the blue Sprague Atom caps and mallory 150 caps. Ive tried a few top boutique amps that cost four times the amount looking to upgrade the 5e3 and they just dont match up to the 5e3 for a number of reasons. Thankyou Mojo Tone, superb work! God Bless from Devon, England.

2/17/2021 1:41 pm

There are lots of kit choices out there but I'll stick with Mojotone.

by anonymous

Bought the complete kit and just finished it. This was my first amp build (I have done lots of pedal builds) so it took me a while as there were no instructions however the wiring layout provided was clear and easy to follow. There was plenty of information on the internet regarding lead dress and grounding ideas that helped me out. I'm blown away with the tone, right up there with the vintage tweeds but much quieter!



The cabinet is quality is first rate, the amp parts are all high quality. Customer service is nothing short of amazing. They accommodated my special shipping requirements on very short notice and today after calling them about a component issue have immediately sent me a replacement part.



There are lots of kit choices out there but I'll stick with Mojotone. Apart from another amp kit I'm thinking about trying their guitar pickups and wiring components next.

2/17/2021 1:41 pm

I love the amp and the seminar

by anonymous

Built the kit at the MojoTone seminar at Sweetwater with 18 others in attendance. The seminar was great and the amp is great. I am experienced in building electronic devices so I figured it would be an easy build. It was. But lots of fun. The other guys there were not all experienced in building but they all went home with a working amp. I love the amp and the seminar.

2/17/2021 1:41 pm

the sweetheart of the bunch

by anonymous

I have built several of the Mojotone Tweed amps. The Deluxe is, without a doubt, the sweetheart of the bunch. There is a reason this circuit is still a favorite with tone aficionados. It just works!

2/17/2021 1:41 pm

I couldn't be happier with this kit

by anonymous

I really felt the need to come on here and write a positive review. I bought the tweed deluxe kit (just small parts) and not only was it easy to put together, it for real sounds like a tweed deluxe. I couldn't be happier with this kit. I highly recommend if you want the tone but can't find/afford an old one.

2/17/2021 1:41 pm

Recommend these kits to anyone!

by anonymous

I built this amp as part of a class at the Nazareth Guitar Institute. The parts are all first rate and clearly labeled. Six of us built amps under the instruction of Chris Middlestedt, Tyler Unger, & Dale Unger. None of us had any problems and all of the amps sounded superb. Recommend these kits to anyone! Thanks for a great experience.

2/17/2021 1:41 pm

Great INFO

by anonymous

Great INFO

2/17/2021 1:41 pm

GREAT Sounding amp

by anonymous

I was in the Sweetwater class with Jim Schings and the last one to finish. But I had a working amp and GREAT Sounding amp. It was a learning experience as I never built a amp before. Thanks to Mojotone and all the staff that help and guided all of us. Thanks to Sweetwater for holding the class. I'm thinking about building a Blackface Bass amp next.

2/17/2021 1:41 pm

Very nice kit, excellently put together.

by anonymous

Very nice kit, excellently put together. The manual is very helpful but lacks a little on fine detail in spots that might jam up newbie builders, but overall it’s fine. Components are all very good, I wish the CTS pots were Alpha, that’s all.

The amp sounds like a 5E3, which is fantastic!

2/17/2021 1:41 pm

a gas to build

by anonymous

Thanks so much guys...this was a gas to build. Got it on Saturday night & was finished Sunday night. Directions & diagrams were spot on & made this so simple. Top notch parts throughout. Not a single problem or issue.I had requested some extra green wire, as some reviews mentioned that they ran out, and you included it..awesome. The tone is beautiful, as it should be. Cheers to you cats at Mojotone. Rock on mates!

2/17/2021 1:41 pm

Can't wait to start the next one!

by anonymous

1st amp build ever. Bought mine with the mojotone 768sp output transformer because I have 4, 8, & 16 ohm cabs. Added an impedance selector switch to take full advantage of the 768sp. Very modest price to build the head version. Am building my own cabinet for the head. At this point the amp is built but the cabinet is not. Have been using it with a 4x12 cab loaded w/ Jensens and am blown away by how great it sounds. So loud for so few watts... If you like controlling the sound of your amp from the volume knob of your guitar this is an amp you will love. Set the Volume relatively high on the amp. On the guitar, lower volume settings yield a beautiful clean tone, but turn the volume up and you can burn the house down. No need for distortion or booster pedals. In fact the cleaner the signal, the better. Totally simple circuit produces the best sounds an electric guitar can make. Too many pedals muddy the signal. One or two at most. Hot pickups provide the best crunch, but single coils have a very musical sound. Everything comes out smooth sounding. I love it so much that I want to build at least a couple other kits offered by mojotone. The Blackface Deluxe Reverb is extremely attractive, as is the British 18 watter TMB kit. I am planning to sell stuff so that I can purchase those kits and build them too. Point to point hand wired simple circuit tube amps are the best that an electric guitarist can do. Thanks Mojotone! You guys are awesome! When you build your own amp DIY and it comes out as good as mine did with nothing more than a bit of email correspondence and reading the online tutorials... Yeah. I am in shock. It seemed scary going into it, but seems like it was totally easy in retrospect. It was the most rewarding project I have ever undertaken! Can't wait to start the next one!

2/17/2021 1:41 pm

everything went great!

by anonymous

This was my first attempt at building an Amp, it was a lot of fun and I ended up with a great Amp! I followed the instructions and took my time, I was a little apprehensive when I powered it up but everything went great!