Anyone have a 5e3.. Tweed Deluxe. I find mine to be a very fussy amp. Doesn't much like a mic plugged into it. I can get a beautiful range of tones with the guitar, but it doesn't seem to be very usable as it is for harp.
Any mods that you have done to get it to a good harp amp?
I know the mods I would likely do, but honestly at this point I'm wondering if I'm not better off with a different amp all together.
@KIlla. I don't know, I've let other harp players play thru my amp and they liked it. I usually plug into "instrument 1" and get a slight bleed thru to the "mic" channel so I play around with both volumes. Sometimes I bridge the channels not unlike what I do with my SJ bassman, that works pretty good. The caps I replaced I used NOS 1960's vintage Astrons (they are silver) As I said, I have not change the internal values, frankly if I get to that point, I would sell the amp. Is yours a 50's deluxe ?
My Fender 57 5E3 clone is very feedback sensitive so I had to switch to U7 tubes in V1 and V2. I also tried many different speakers but I was not really satisfied so I tried to sell it to some guitar player but noone wanted to pay a decent price so I kept it and I have come to like the sound. I will probably keep it until the day I die.
Håkan Ehn plays Hohner Marine Band Deluxe harmonica in the key of A through t.bone CD 55 low impedance microphone connected to XLR male-female cable connected to Shure A85F line matching transformer connected to Fender Tweed 5E3 Deluxe 57 guitar amplifier with 5E3 circuit and 1980 Peavey / Eminence Square Magnet 12" Speaker.
Last Edited by Hakan on Jan 13, 2018 3:17 PM
6SN7&Killa The 58 is a 5D3. They have a different phase inverter made the sound slightly dirtier and give less gain before the power tubes. They have the "good for harp" phase inverter Gerald Weber wrote about some years ago..
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