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
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.
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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Ratings & Reviews
any beginner can successfully complete the build with great results
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 doesnâ€™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 donâ€™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.
This baby is a keeper
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.