Join Rondo as he runs through the various settings and tones of the 5E3 Tweed Deluxe circuit. From clean to overdriven, Larry Carlton to the Black Crowes; vintage riffs from famous Tweed Deluxe recordings are covered to illustrate the diverse range of tone these amps have historically been capable of.
Speed Shop Tweed Deluxe Combo - Own the Best
Others claim to use good quality parts, but don't buy the hype. For maximum vintage Tweed Deluxe tone and performance, the Speed Shop goes to great lengths to source only the finest new componentry from top manufacturers and new old stock (NOS) parts wherever possible for every amplifier created. Capturing vintage Fender Mojo is the number 1 priority for Rondo and the Speed Shop.
Built utilizing an array of the finest new and vintage components available.
All chassis are upgradable to a 240 volt power supply.
In addition to elevated highest-quality new and NOS component cost, each chassis is built to order - requiring 2 full days of assembly, plus additional time allocated to testing, tuning and burn-in. Notwithstanding, pricing remains more than competitive versus boutique peers and Fender itself; ultimately representing a tremendous value considering the performance, build quality and components of these amps are second to none and simply not available from any other source. (Custom builds to customer specifications are also available.)
Kustom Series Amplifiers represent the Speed Shop's ultimate self-expression and creativity. Intriguing decor for home and/or studio and a distinct visual effect for stage, video and photo shoots, Kustoms are not only bodacious sounding 5E3 Tweed Deluxe amplifiers but functional works of art; incredible conversation pieces that never fail to elicit a "wow" from everyone who sees them.
Hand-Wired and Tuned for Those Seeking Only the Best
Speed Shop amplifiers are not only works of art built with the finest components, but hands-down the best sounding 5E3 amplifiers available - anywhere - at any price. But don't just take our word for it, check out the video demos below and hear for yourself why the Speed Shop is the undisputed king of Tweed Deluxe tone and performance.
Made by a Player for Players
All demo videos feature Speed Shop founder and guitarist, Rondo.
Demo above features Rondo playing Neil Young's "Cinnamon Girl" with a museum quality 1960 Gibson Les Paul Junior double cut with a killer P-90 through a Speed Shop Studio-Series Tweed Deluxe Combo loaded with a Celestion G12M Heritage and NOS RCA Blackplates.
Demo video to the right features Rondo playing Leslie West and Mountain's "Never In My Life" through a Studio-Series 5E3 combo amplifier loaded with a vintage Jensen P12Q speaker.
No pedals or effects were used for these demos, just guitars straight into the amplifiers.
Beside his long and varied band career, Simon Campbell has also been a highly sought-after session guitarist, collaborating with numerous high-profile musicians for both studio dates and live performance.
His move to the Isle of Man in 2008 and subsequent involvement with it's vibrant music scene led to a new a chapter in Simon’s journey: firstly, the formation of blues-rockers The Very Very Bad Men and in 2011, the release of his first solo album, ThirtySix.
Simon's latest album, Broken Hearted is due out in 2013.
Having taken delivery of his Studio-Series Combo back in September, the Speed Shop is very proud to say Simon Campbell is a customer and friend.
All amplifiers are built to order with current lead times of 4-6 weeks. Shipping charges and any applicable taxes must be calculated before payment can be accepted. Please contact us for a complete quote. PayPal, check and wire transfers accepted. International orders welcome.
International orders welcome.*
*Any and all import duties, fees and/or taxes are the sole responsibility of the customer.
All amplifiers are guaranteed against defects in workmanship and materials for a period of 1 year, parts and labor, with shipping costs the responsibility of the owner. This warranty is voided in the event of abuse, misuse, or any modifications to the circuit performed by third parties or otherwise unauthorized personnel. Vintage components provided on an as-is basis.
What Others are Saying
"Hey Rondo - Really an awesome build and attention to detail on this, beautiful work. This puppy is spot on what it should be in my opinion. The components (and your slight tweaks) are very important to the tone. Thank you for doing these the right way. I’ve had a couple of the clones out there with good parts & quality, but your SS sounds so much better to my ears… more like what you expect a Tweed Deluxe to sound like, especially if you grew up on Don Felder/Eagles On the Border, Steely Dan’s Royal Scam, Neil Young, etc. No flub on the bottom and rich and warm on the highs…mids are better, no fizzy or harsh tones. Easy on the ears. So many great tones available." - Tony M.
"I'll cut to the point. If this site and clips give you bad bad GAS for a 5E3 then this 5E3 is the amp you want. If the demos remind you of the tones you love and would love to achieve, buy this 5E3 amp. Not one of the other builds out there. How would I know? My P2P Studio Series chassis is the third 5E3 chassis I've had in the last year. That's right. the third. I've got the 5E3 bug bad. The other chassis were good amps, built by names you'd know and sounded very good. But they didn't have the Speed Shop sound. Why would they? Ron builds his 5E3 with a smart mix of NOS caps, resistors and other parts. The others? New parts, maybe just a kit they assemble and label their own. They didn't and don't sound like this. There is more to the sound than following a schematic. These amps are something special. So if this 5E3 sound is the sound in your head this is where you find it. Trust me, you'll end up here anyway." - Neil S.
"I am seriously impressed, you really nailed the tone!!! I went to our local guitar center today where they had a 1951 Tweed Deluxe amp. I A/B'ed your amp against it side by side and your amp just destroyed the original. Your amp sounded so much richer, had much more bottom end and lots of tonal quality! I was surprised how many different tones you can get by just turning three knobs! You did an amazing job, one of the best amps if not the best amp I have ever bought and I have owned quite a few! Thanks for everything." - Joe M.
"Just amazingly musical in every way." - John Gaynor, Sozo Capacitors
"Wow, these amps sound great!"
- Joe Janisch, Magnetic Components, Inc.
"It is fantastic, the tone I am getting is just the bomb. - Gregg F."
"The amp sounds fantastic and I really love it. You've hit a home run. I ran into Rick Wheeler (also a GIT graduate) who is Larry Carlton's tech. We were shooting the breeze a bit and I told him about your amps (and my recent amp). I told him that he and Larry needed to check them out." - Jack D.
"I can go from artist to artist, decade to decade, and simply adjust my volume knob, coil tap, or another guitar. With a PRS, a Les Paul or a Tele, you can literally cover thousands of songs. Pick your favorite flavor and rock! I was really really into early Wishbone Ash. Well... the Deluxe can nail the early Ash tone. My ears are ringing right now but I've never been able to nail "Blowin Free" until now. Same with Paul Kossoff and Free. Alright Now. Les Paul into the Deluxe and it's all right there. Thanks so much for building an amazing musical instrument. It's not just another amp, it's an instrument in its own right." - Craig C.
"Thank you for building the best Tweeds out there!" - Ole E.
"This weekend I went to the local Fender dealer to try out the Fender 57 Deluxe (I have tried this model before but I decided to go again to refresh my memory), and the difference in tone between the Fender and your 5E3s is huge (I mean there is no comparison). The glassy clean tones and the fat creamy overdriven tones that I can get from your amps is mind blowing." - Miguel C.
"I had to order one of these amps after hearing the demo tracks. This amp is an unbelievable value and a must for serious or aspiring players." - Gary W."This is no cheap repro, it is a pro, custom, boutique style chassis which will blow your mind when you first plug in. From amazing clean Fender Strat to hard crunching Les Paul riffs, this amp does it all. Thank you Ron...I've found the amp of my lifetime." - Alan K.
What's a DINO?
You can't expect to capture the Mojo of a legendary amp like Fender's narrow-panel Tweed Deluxe using computer-grade caps, cheap pots, weak plastic or brittle ceramic sockets; bargain jacks and switches, or tone-compromising inferior Chinese iron or other third-world dreck.
This is because placing cost above all other considerations means compromises; and by definition, with compromises there are always losses.
The fact is, you cannot reproduce authentic vintage tone simply by following a layout and using riffraff for parts; for what you'll end up with is a "DINO," a Deluxe In Name Only. Not only do these imposters not sound and perform like true vintage Deluxes; DINOS can be a waste of time and money, often relegated to closets collecting dust.
That's why, for maximum vintage Tweed Deluxe Mojo, the Speed Shop goes to great lengths to source only the finest new componentry from top manufacturers and new old stock (NOS) parts whenever possible for every amplifier created.
Moreover, the Speed Shop's "build it as though you are building it for yourself" philosophy means that it takes two full days to meticulously assemble each Deluxe chassis and several additional hours to "play it in" on the bench to ensure the highest level of performance is consistently achieved.
The old adage "you get what you pay for" is true, and you can hear and feel the difference with a Speed Shop Deluxe.
Why fool yourself with a "DINO" when you can own the real thing?
As opposed to buying an original Deluxe, a faithful (and tuned) 5E3 reproduction is a far better option because, among other things, stock output transformers are prone to failure and vintage capacitors often in need of replacement; while ultimately, of course, there's no guarantee an original Deluxe will even sound good. So, through acquiring a high-quality, faithful reproduction, the amp can be pushed and that classic tone achieved without risk of depreciating an original collectible or having to deal with the considerable stress associated with the prospect of blowing an irreplaceable vintage output transfomer (especially while trying to be creative in the studio). Likewise, new reproduction circuits can be modified without any impact on valuation.
Speed Shop Founder
Tweed Deluxes should sing and rock, and they do just that when sorted out and built right; though you'd never know that by checking out demos on YouTube as nearly everyone plays the same old chicken pickin', clean blues and rockabilly riffs. Nothing wrong with that stuff, but (as popular music history has illustrated) this amp is capable of so much more, yet (alarmingly) nobody today seems to acknowledge it - including most builders.
So, I suppose what I'm saying here is: if you want an amp that's built and tested to deliver vintage Tweed Deluxe rock and roll tone (while retaining all the other attributes of Fender's late tweed era) you'd do well to consider my work.