Fender TV Front Pro
Model/Circuit Number: 5A5, 5B5, 5C5
Years of Production: 1947-1953
Era: TV Front
Controls: Chrome top facing w/ white screened labels, controls numbered 1-12
Knobs: Black Chicken Head
- Front: Fuse (2A), Power Sw, Pilot Lamp, Vol, Mic Vol, Tone/Power Sw, In, In, Mic In, Mic In
- Dimensions: 19 7/8” X 22” X 10” tapers to 8 3/4”
- Hardware: Flat Leather Handle
- Handle: Flat Leather Handle
- Feet: Nail in Feet
- Corners: None
- Tolex/Tweed: Vertical tweed (47-48) or diagonal tweed
- Grill Cloth: brown mohair (47-48) or Brown linen
Logo: Cabinet mounted, block letter
- Size: 1 x 15”
- Impedance: 8 ohms
- Model: Jensen F15N (Field Coil) or Jensen P15N(For more info, check out the Jensen Replacement Speakers)
~Watts: 18-25 Watts
- Pre amp: Mic: 6SC7 or 12AY7 (later models) Instrument: 6SC7 or 12AY7 (later models), Phase Inverter – 6SC7 or 12AX7(later models) (paraphase)
- Power: 2 x metal envelope 6L6
Bias: Cathode Biased
Comments: * A speaker jack and ex. speaker jack were installed under the chassis. * The filter choke was removed from the circuit on Model 5C5. * A separate On/Off switch was added during the TV Front era. * A few TV front pros were covered in white vinyl as used on the two-tone champs.
6 thoughts on “Fender TV Front Pro”
Not quite sure what the amp is in the picture … but it has two too many knobs to be a TV front Pro … and a wrong panel lay-out overall.
Could be later chassis i earlier cabinet. Or an early 1×15″ Bandmaster. But definitely not a 5C5 Pro.
I’m very leery of the “Field coil corrected 5A5” schematic. Field-coil speakers were only used in 1946 – early 1947 Woodies, which had an entirely different tube complement (2 x 6SJ7, 6N7).
Another note: ALL TV-front Fender tube charts specify glass power tubes (6V6GT or 6L6G), not metal-envelope.
The image appears to be a Mojotone 5E5-A in a TV Front cab. Notice the channel names BRIGHT and NORMAL. Other significant details missing, most notably Fender Pro-Amp label.
TV Front Pro’s have 3 controls , 4 inline jacks labeled INSTRUMENT and MICROPHONE.
I owned and resurrected a 1952 5B5 Pro that had an OEM Jensen F15N field coil speaker.