Fender Narrow Panel Tweed Tremolux

Model/Circuit Number: 5E9 (55), 5E9-A (55-56), 5G9 (57-60)
Years of Production:
1955 – 1960
Era: Tweed Narrow Panel
Configuration: Combo
Controls: Chrome top facing w/ white screened labels, controls numbered 1-12
Knobs: Black Chicken Head
Faceplate

  • Front: Fuse (2A), Power Sw, Pilot Lamp, Depth, Speed/Tremolo Sw, Tone, Bright Vol, Normal Vol, Bright In, Bright In, Normal In, Normal In
  • Rear:

Cabinet

  • Dimensions:
  • Hardware:
  • Handle: Flat Leather Handle
  • Feet: Nail in Feet
  • Corners: None

 

Covering Material

  • Tolex/Tweed: Diagonal Tweed
  • Grill Cloth: Brown Grill Cloth

Logo: Cabinet mounted, Script
Weight:
Speaker

Effects: Tremolo
~Watts: 18 watts
Tubes

  • Pre amp: 12AY7
  • Power: 2 x 6V6GT

Bias: 5E9, 5E9-A: Cathode Biased ; 5G9: Fixed bias, nondajustable
Rectifier: 5E9: 5Y3GT ; 5E9-A: 5U4GA ; 5G9: 5U4GB

Comments: Speaker and tremolo sw jacks were located on the bottom of the chassis. Along with tube changes the 5G9 model had an extra filter cap and a DC choke. Early models have the tremolo switch on the Depth control.

5 thoughts on “Fender Narrow Panel Tweed Tremolux

  • July 9, 2012 at 1:45 pm
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    This is absolutely the most amazing Fender Tweed amp.ย  It is in a class all by itself!!!!

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  • December 14, 2012 at 2:19 pm
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    it may not be the most amazing. It has way more clean headroom than the 5E3 deluxe. The tremolo is cool. But I miss my tweed deluxe. It just had slightly more kick. That is my aqmp in the photo up there. Still own it. And it is 5 feet from me right now. I have a mint narrow Bassman. If you can push the volume of that amp, I think those are the ones to have. Then again I have a narrow Super thaat is probably the best amp that I hve ever owned for “blues”. Keep in mind, these tweeds can sound very different from amp to amp- same models. That’s just how they are. But you are true: Ain’t NOTHING wrong with a ’59 BB (big box) narrow panel tremolux. I’ll never sell mine (I don’t think)

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  • January 25, 2013 at 8:44 am
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    Hi ruk777.. you can substitute the low gain 12ay7 preamp tube for a higher gain 12ax7 for more kick. The 5g9 only has one gain stage from half of a 12ay7, through a simple bright cut tonestack going to a long tail phase inverter. THere is no additional gain after the tonestack so the amp should have very little preamp gain. The 5e3 has a gain stage after the first 12ay7 gain stage that has a 25ยตf cap on it. Putting a 12ax7 in v1 of a 5e3 that has gain boost on both stages and no NFB gives an amp with no headroom ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • March 14, 2013 at 1:38 am
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    I own a ’58 5E9-A big box Tremolux, well used with beaten up tweed, cigarette burns, beer stains and all the love signs.
    What can I say… It is my favorite guitar amp and will probably always be. I play mostly Blues and Funk, and this amp suits my ES-175 best. The tremolo is so lush and warm… I’ve put some very fine tubes in it, from a Bendix 6106 rectifier to coin base RCA 6V6 GTA power tubes to Mullard 12AX and 12AY7s. Very expensive, but definetely worth it. I also own a ’60 Harvard (for recording) and a ’56 Low Power Twin (for bigger stages and with the Strat), but the Tremolux is the shit. Simply the most beautiful sounding amp to my ears. Absolutely loving it and will never sell!

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  • January 23, 2017 at 12:17 am
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    An inordinate number of 57-60 tremolux’s receieved the older 5E9-A tube chart but are actually the later fixed bias versions-the proof is in the circuit which is easy to see when you look…the 1955-56′ versions were cathode biased Tremolux amps with enormously rich breakup like the narrow panel deluxe but Noticably louder with a larger transformer, 5U4 rectifier and tremolo. It’s easy to see a totally different circuit with its electrolytic caps hidden under a cap pan-and many other significant changes & those amps with the cap pans are the fixed biased models-an entirely different tamer version of the earlier distortion rich Tremolux.
    Fender used leftover tube charts in many of the 57′ though 60′ Tremolux’s so one must go further to identify which version they actually have.

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