There’s a real buzz surrounding Fender’s amplification department, with two new combos guaranteed to make tonehounds prick up their ears.
The ‘57 Deluxe is an all-tube, hand-wired combo that kicks out 12-watts via an authentic 5E3 circuit. In a similar vein to the original, the combo is loaded with a 12-inch Jensen P-12Q speaker and driven by a pair of matched Groove Tubes 6V6 power tubes, two further 12AX7 preamp valves, one of which may be substituted with a 12AY7 for the original ‘50s lower-gain sound, and a 5Y3GT rectifier.
If all that wasn’t enough Fender will also be producing just 300 of The Fender ’57 Amp, a model that assumes what Leo might have done had he considered making an amp that was more ‘showy’ that the usual tweed offerings. Rated at 12-watts, this is a real collector’s item that also sounds wonderful.
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