Fender Narrow Panel Tweed Twin

Schematic(s) twin_5e8.pdf, twin_5e8a.pdf
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Model/Circuit Number: 5E8, 5E8-A
Years of Production:
1955 – 1957
Era: Narrow Panel
Configuration: Combo
Controls: Chrome top facing w/ white screened labels, controls numbered 1-12
Knobs: Black Chicken Head

  • Front: Ground Sw, Fuse (3A), Power Sw, Standby Sw, Pilot Lamp, Presence, Bass, Treb, Vol, Mic Vol, In, In, Mic In, Mic In
  • Rear:


  • Dimensions: 20½ x 24 x 10½
  • Hardware:
  • Handle: Leather Handle
  • Feet: Glides
  • Corners:


Covering Material

  • Tolex/Tweed: Diagonal Tweed
  • Grill Cloth:

Logo: Cabinet mounted, Script

~Watts: 50 watts

  • Pre amp: 12AY7
  • Power: 2 x 6L6G

Bias: Fixed bias, nonadjustable
Rectifier: 2 x 5U4GA

Comments: Speakers were moved to the lower right and top left corners of the baffle. There were several circuit changes to model 5E8 including the addition of a DC filter choke and a second negative feedback loop for the tone circuit. A selenium rectifier is used in the bias circuit. Model 5E8-A removed the treble section of the tone circuit from the second feedback loop.

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  1. Comment by TweedFreak76 — March 14, 2013 at 2:02 am   Reply

    I own a ’56. Superb amp. Runs beautiful with Strats (ask Eric Clapton why, his weapon of choice) and even nicer with vintage LesPauls.
    Absolutely loving it and will never sell!

  2. Comment by Paul LindenMay 23, 2017 at 10:11 am   Reply

    you must sell me now!

  3. Comment by Jim — July 19, 2017 at 6:30 am   Reply

    Hello…I have a question….I recently purchased a 1957 Twin amp from a fellow who had owned it since the mid 1960’s….(and said he had not altered anything since buying it)…It features one Blue Bell Jensen P12Q dated 1955 ….and the other is a Blue Bell Jensen P12R dated 1957…I am aware that both of these type speakers were used in this model amp from 55-57….but my question is…”has there ever been an original amp of this period 1957 seen with both types of Jensen is one amp??? Thank you very much. JM

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