Fender Tremolux Model 5E9-A Tube Amplifier (1959)

Fender  Tremolux Model 5E9-A Tube Amplifier (1959)

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Fender Tremolux Model 5E9-A Model Tube Amplifier (1959), made in Fullerton, California, serial # 02644, tweed fabric covering finish.

This late 1959 example of the narrow-panel tweed Tremolux is one of Fender's classic period amps, the company's first with a built-in tremolo circuit. Just a bit louder than the standard Deluxe, the late '50s Tremolux is the perfect amp for those gigs when the smaller tweeds just don't quite have the power to cut it. The larger box also gives a bit more headroom than the more common Deluxe, letting the bass develop more before it hits the stage or mic.

This one has all 1959-dated components and a tube chart code dating to December 1959, so it was likely sold in early 1960 just as the tweed era was winding down and the Tolex era beginning. The amp is well-worn but sounds great. It looks to have had a colorful life already and should be good for another few decades, at least.
Height is 20 in. (50.8 cm.), 22 in. (55.9 cm.) width, and 10 1/2 in. (26.7 cm.) in depth at deepest point.

This amp has a lot of external wear and some internal maintenance but remains a nice player's example with a great "relic" look and a fabulous sound. The crucial components are original and unaltered, including the transformers and original blue-back Jensen speaker, which is dated the 49th week of 1959. The tweed covering shows a lot of wear and has turned a dark, smoky color typical of well-used Fender amps, and the handle is an older repro. The control panel is surprisingly clean with all the stenciled graphics intact.

There has been some typical cap work but the amp is still mostly original inside, with newer tubes and a 3-prong cord added. The most entertaining piece of its history is at some point long ago the entire amp appears to have been covered over in wood-grain contact paper, like 1960s moms used to put on the wall to "dress it up." This then looks to have been removed long ago -- we took off a few small vestiges externally but left some inside the amp as evidence of this quirky event. A great player's example of this 18-watt wonder. Very Good + Condition.