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Welcome To RecProAudio's Tweed Deluxe Rat-Rod Shop! Home of the Best Sounding 5E3 Amplifiers Available
Flames Tweed Deluxe Ultimate Demo Video
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.

Flames New: 5E3-6L6

True 5881 and 6L6GC power. Studio-Series chassis upgraded to run a 5U4GB rectifier with 5881s, or a GZ34 with 6L6GCs. 8 ohm output. 35-45 watts. Features Mercury Magnetics uprated power and output transformers.

Tweed Deluxe 5E3 6L6

Flames High - Low Power

High - Low Power is an optional switched circuit that toggles between 100% and 50% power output. Full power in high, decreases volume to 50% in low. No degradation in tone or performance. Pretty amazing. Available on any chassis or amp combo order for $100.

High - Low Power Option

Flames Kustoms: One-Off "Sonic Lime" Rat Rod Relic P2P Kustom Head

Sonic Lime (SL) is a Speed Shop Kustom Rat Rod 5E3-P2P Head designed and hand-built by Rondo.

Sonic Lime features a Speed Shop Studio-Series 5E3-P2P chassis featuring many NOS components.

Power comes from a full NOS RCA tube complement consisting of 5AR4 (Solid State), 6V6GTA, 7025 and 6072.

One of one, signed by Rondo.

Kustom Series Amplifier Inventory

Sonic Lime 5E3 Kustom Head

Flames Speed Shop Tweed Deluxe Combo - Own the Best
Tweed Deluxe Combo  Base Combo Price US$

Built utilizing an array of the finest new and vintage components available.

More information available here.

Complete Tweed Deluxe Combo

Flames Tweed Deluxe Head
Head cabinets feature custom woodwork and finishes and are perfect proportionally.

Tweed Deluxe Head

Head Price US$

Any chassis can be ordered in a head configuration including Speed Shop Studio, Vintage and P2P Series builds.

More information available here.

Tweed Deluxe 5E3 Head

Flames Deluxe Chassis Only - Vintage Fender Mojo Built to Order
Each chassis is hand-built by Rondo using only the finest new and NOS components.
Studio Series Studio-Series: The best sounding custom Tweed Deluxe chassis available anywhere. Completely assembled and tested. (Includes Speed Shop low-pass tone and circuit mods).
Complete Tweed Deluxe 5E3 Chassis Studio Series Chassis Price US$
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Vintage Series Vintage-Series: The most accurate, best performing reproduction of the stock 5E3 circuit and chassis available anywhere. Completely assembled and tested.
Complete Tweed Deluxe 5E3 Chassis Vintage Series Chassis Price US$
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Custom Series Custom-Series: 5D3 circuit, built to customer specifications. Completely assembled and tested.
Complete Tweed Deluxe 5D3 Chassis Custom Series Chassis Price US$
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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.)

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Flames Vintage Vacuum Tubes Available
RCA, GE, all NOS (or testing very strong)

6V6GT, 6V6GTA, 6V6GTY
12AX7, 7025
12AY7, 6072
12AU7
12BH7
5Y3GT, 5V4G
6X4
6AQ5

For use in Marshall & Fender Guitar Amplifiers, Universal Audio Teletronix La2a, Pulse Techniques Pultec EQP-1A.

All tubes tested for shorts, emissions and gain. Guaranteed not DOA.

Contact Rondo for your vintage tube needs.
Vintage Vacuum Tubes

Flames Speed Shop 5E3-P2P - A True Point to Point Tweed Deluxe!

From the wild mind of Rondo comes the 5E3-P2P.

Brainstormed, balanced and blueprinted, hand-assembled and signed by Rondo.

New-old-stock capacitors and resistors, vintage output iron. The best of everything.

Just born, but 50 years old.

Totally outrageous vintage tone and mojo. Nothing else even comes close. More info here.

5E3 Deluxe Wired Point to Point

Flames Speed Shop Hot-Rod Service
"I must admit I was wary about doing anything b/c I didn't want to waste money on a mod that wouldn't have much of an effect. But I kinda felt you were the guy to go to and I wasn't wrong. You delivered in a big way and you know your stuff. Thanks for doing it." - R. D.

Got a dud Deluxe that's just not cutting it? Collecting dust?

Have Rondo turn your dud into a monster machine.

Send it to the Speed Shop and we'll tune-up your chassis to Studio-Series specifications and performance.

Contact us with any questions and/or to arrange for chassis service.


Flames Kustom Series Art Amplifiers
Kustom Series Art Amplifiers
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.
Kustom Tweed Deluxe Candy GreenKustom Tweed Deluxe 3 Stage Candy Paint
Kustom Tweed Deluxe Day of the Dead Dia De Los MuertosKustom Tweed Deluxe Hand Painted Folk Art
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Flames 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.

Flames 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.

For many more demos, please visit RecProAudio's YouTube Channel  RecProAudio's YouTube Channel


Flames To Place an Order

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.


Flames Warranty

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.


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Checkered Flag What Others are Saying

ToneQuest Report"The RecPro 5E3 P2P Deluxe sounds extraordinarily good . . . great tone . . . Very cool and recommended." - The ToneQuest Report, June 2014

"The combo amp is amazing... it's so responsive and musical, I find myself playing on and on and on! It really is the greatest amp I've ever played through. Hats off to you!" - B. L.

"Absolutely by some way the best overdrive of any amp I've owned, from vintage to top of the range boutique and cleans up like a dream. Perfectly balanced... not too middy at all, and the bottom end is absolutely solid and tight, even on the neck pickup. Honestly couldn't be happier with the amp - such a unique sound and a joy to play!" - J. B.

"Been gigging for several years now with your Studio 5E3 build and have been beyond satisfied. Outstanding amp for the kind of music that we play. My backup amp is a Fender 57 Deluxe (Reissue) that I recently required due to a blown tube in my SS. No comparison! The Speed Shop Deluxe is light years ahead in tone and feel from my perspective." - K. H.

"I brought the amp to a low key gig last night. The cleans with the vol rolled back were just sweet, 3d, and pleasing. When I could, I'd dial up the guitar volume and she'd sing and sustain. So great. Strat with Lollar Blackface pickups straight in to the amp. I ab'd my Victoria Deluxe with the Speed Shop and yours is sweeter and, I'd say not as "sharp" or pointed in the attack. The notes seem to bloom more on yours. Also, it's more user friendly as you try various settings. Thanks for building these!" - J. H.

"Just wanted to say how happy I am with my new amp. The overdrive is UNBELIEVABLE! The "glassy strat" setting is dreamy-Hendrix-esque." - M. C.

"This amp sounds incredible. This is easily one of the best amps I've ever played. It is so dynamic. . . . I could not get a bad sound out of it. What a versatile amp! Clean, dirty, does it all and everything exceedingly well. I absolutely love it. I am EXTREMELY happy with it!!" - G. S.

"Best amp I've ever owned without question. Amazing sound, amazing quantity of complex tones, really a sweet sweet amp." - G. M.

"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.


Checkered Flag 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?


Checkered Flag Speed Shop T-Shirts
Tweed Deluxe Speed Shop T-Shirt
$25 Each (Shipping Included)
Top Quality Comfort Colors
1717 Ringspun Tee
  • 6.1 ounce, pre-shrunk, 100% garment dyed cotton
  • Soft washed
  • Set-in sleeves
  • Double-needle stitched throughout
  • Taped neck shoulder to shoulder
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Flames Rat Rod Cabinet
Check out the retro Rat Rod cabinet option.

Checkered Flag Peace of Mind

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.


Checkered Flag Philosophy

By Rondo
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.

Read more here.


Flames What Makes Speed Shop Deluxes So Good?
Check out the about page for plenty of background and historical info related to RecProAudio and the Tweed Deluxe Speed Shop.

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