Fender Narrow Panel Tweed Twin

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:


Covering Material

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.

3 thoughts on “Fender Narrow Panel Tweed Twin

  • March 14, 2013 at 2:02 am

    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!

  • July 19, 2017 at 6:30 am

    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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