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Fender Deluxe 1951


Fender 5A3 amp dates to about 1951. Somebody painted it black and changed the grill cloth to wheat. [NOTE: photo is from original Ebay listing.]

Getting paint off of tweed tolex is difficult. I wish I had discovered Permatex gasket remover early on in this operation.

The tweed is definitely under there.

This amp was all original save for the paint, grill cloth, and handle. The output transformer is attached to the speaker, octal preamp tubes. Unfortunately the wax coated signal caps were too out of spec to save.

Not a brilliant restoration of the tweed, but sure looks better to me than the black.


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