NOS Tubes Sets are available for this amp upon request!
The 5E3 Tweed Deluxe is one of the most revered small tube amps of all time. At 15 watts it’s a great club amp. It has been played by greats like Billy Gibbons, Neil Young, Don Felder, Eric Clapton and countless others. It is a truly classic design. The amp yields harmonically complex bell-like clean tones at low volumes and milkshake thick overdrive as you turn it up. There’s a good reason it so popular!!
Each one is carefully and meticulously built and tested. 90 Day warranty on tubes and 1 year on everything else. Working chassis do not carry a warranty.
The Low Down
The Classic Tweed Deluxe is great for smaller gigs and recording. It does not have a lot of clean headroom but what is there is divine and the overdrive sounds are rich and dynamic responding to your pick attack. It will need to be miced or used with an extension cab for larger shows. I offer a couple of mods that will increase volume and headroom for those interested.
15 Watts All Tube Power (Two 6V6's, One 12AX7, One 12AY7, One 5Y3)
Cathode bias no need to be baised to change tubes
Meticulously Hand wired
Improved grounding system minimizes hum
Bright and Normal Channels
Interactive Normal Channel Volume, Bright Channel Volume and Shared Tone Control
Hi and Low inputs for both Channels
8 ohm Extension Speaker out
OFF/ON and Standby/Play Switches
Available as a 12 inch Speaker Combo and Working Chassis
Combos and heads are made of Solid Finger Joined Pine with Lacquered Tweed.
Weber Vintage Series 12 inch Alnico speaker (on combos), Classic Tone USA transformers, JJ's tubes, Alpha Pots, Carling Switches, Switchcraft and Neutrik Jacks and plugs, Mallory 150 tone caps, F&T filter caps, Special resistor selection for the best tone and least noise, finger joined pine cab on combos.
CPC-15T With Clean Boost
What People are Saying About the Classic Tweed Deluxe:
“Hi Car thel amp arrived Saturday. The amp sounds great. looks great, craftsman ship is excellent.
My new 5E3 arrived on Tuesday and I was able to pick it up yesterday at the Fedex Store. I finally got it all set up this afternoon, Thursday, and had a chance to take it for a "test drive". Holy cow is this thing loud!! In a good way, of course. And to think that I was worried about not having enough headroom to keep the amp clean when needed or wanted. Honestly, I have not been able to get it to break up, yet, because I really haven't gotten the volume level much over 2 and that has been plenty loud. I love the quality and the tone, even though mine is "blemished". ha! It is barely even noticeable. I think it looks and sounds great! I am very happy with it. Awesome work, Carl! Two thumbs up!”
”Carl…..Just wanted to say a huge thanks for my awesome 5E3! I simply love this amp. Tone for miles. Everyone wants to play with me now cause my setup sounds so sweet:). “
The amp chassis arrived safe and sound. I mounted it in my cab and connected up the speaker and it sounds just amazing!! The best amp I have ever owned. Thank you so much for such a great build and will treasure this forever.
John- United Kingdom
"Hey Carl, my amp came in yesterday. Tubed it up this morning and spent the last couple of hours after work playing. This is the best amp I have ever played. This kills the reissue stuff and is absolutely smokin'. I cant thank you enough man. I'll be spreading the good word. Last thing. I never name stuff, but I'm callin' it Carol. I hope you dig Walking Dead and get the name. This thing slays. Thanks from the botton of my heart, man."
Matt M ---Canada
Received my amp about a week ago. It is everything I had hoped for. Unbelievable how good this amp sounds. The demos on your web-sight are very representative of how the amp really sounds. The build is of top quality. Your lacquered tweed finish is excellent. I appreciate the time you took with me to answer questions and keep me posted on my build time. This amp is a keeper! Look forward to doing business with you in the future. I am a VERY satisfied customer!"
it’s been a little over a year since I received my Tweed Deluxe from you and I just thought I would drop you a line and tell you thanks for building me a great amp. I love it and I’m still surprised by the fact that it’s hard to get a bad sound out of it. I am frequently asked by others about it and I always direct them to your site. It’s a well made little workhorse, consistent, and it rocks. I primarily use one channel now, but I also just experiment with the other side and sometimes jump channels which I did when I first received it, but really I find that using a single channel just gives pedals a little more boost. anyway, keep making amps Carl. If I ever need anything else amp wise I’ll be back to you."
First of all, thanks for always being available to answer any questions I have and explaining things so well.. that really means a lot.
The amp is truly a pleasure to play through.. I expected good and got great! Very happy..
My guitars have never sounded better..
Sounds great and looks great!!
Thanks again, Tom
I wanted to send a quick note and let you know the amp arrive yesterday. Great little amp! I got it tubed up and it sounds fantastic. The build quality, fit and finish are all excellent. Looking forward to getting the speaker broken in a little and getting everything settled in. I really appreciate working with honest people that do great work! Thanks!
All guitarists eventually succumb to the never ending quest for the ultimate amp that will resonate the ultimate tone. It's a quest that can be expensive and disappointing along the way -- buying and selling amps that just don't make the cut. And what is that holy grail of tone . . . bass without the flub, chiming cleans that sustain to the next strum or balanced articulation between each plucked string? Is it an amp that can also delivery beautiful fidelity and roar deeply with every overdrive pedal . . . or an amp that doesn't go brittle in the highs or muddy in the lows?
Well . . . the internet is full of testimony from countless gear heads who have tried every amp, speaker, pedal, etc. and have validated their opinions. But the opinions never reach 100% consensus leaving a margin of error and reason to keep buying the next amp. Eventually, one goes off the beaten commercial path and seeks out the small craftsman who hand wire with the best parts. Their price reflects the missing marketing and distribution costs that bloat most of the big name boutique makers. There are a few out there and Carl is one of them . . . offering the biggest bang for the buck.
After circling the wagons at NAMM, for the last eight years, and cycling thru Marshalls, Fenders, Bogners, Riveras, Bad Cats, Carrs, etc, etc. . . . I gave this unknown amp maker from New Mexico, a few bucks and a shot at hand wiring one more chance at putting the quest to rest. Bingo . . . when the classic tweed deluxe arrived, I was stunned at the quality and tone for the price. Though I wish I simply bought this amp from day one, I probably would not have appreciation the richness of tone after trying some many of the other renown amps. This is a great amp and the only amp I need! Add a mic and drive it thru the high end Meyers PA systems, and nobody will believe the big sound came from this little 12" combo.
Oliver Caldwell CA
"Sweet amp, good communication, very pleased with my purchase!"
"Special order mods handled well. What a deal!!!"
"Wow ... a great little amp. Well put together and quality made. A+++"
"This is the best sounding damn amp i own.a joy to play"
"Carl's tweed is A+. It is responsive - an instrument"
"...I am really impressed with the Amp. I have a 66 blackface bassman, a couple vintage Ampegs, and a DR Z. Your amp seems of equal quality any of the above."