Fender Super-Amp Model 5C4 Tube Amplifier (1953)

Fender  Super-Amp Model 5C4 Tube Amplifier (1953)

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Fender Super-Amp Model 5C4 Model Tube Amplifier (1953), made in Fullerton, California, serial # 4408, tweed fabric covering finish.
Height is 18 1/4 in. (46.4 cm.), 21 3/4 in. (55.2 cm.) width, and 10 1/4 in. (26 cm.) in depth at deepest point. This late 1953 wide-panel Fender "Super-Amp" shows wear and tear overall but is just serviced and sounds great. Until recently it had been sitting for many years in what was described to us as "granddad's basement" and we have cleaned the dust of the ages out of it! The amp now has a new 3-prong cable, replaced speaker cable, a NOS set of Sovtek 6L6 power tubes and a typical cap job to replace leaking originals but no circuit alterations. The original 10" Jensens are still intact (date coded 220-3-35) and the original transformers (the mains is a Triad 6516) are present as well. This amp was lovingly wired by Julia and her masking tape tag remains in the chassis.

The lacquered tweed covering shows general wear as does the top-mounted chrome faceplate, but the lettering is still mostly intact. The handle is a repro; the original brackets are present but have at times been mounted in two different locations. There is a cool embossed tag from Wurlitzer's Boston store on the top of the cabinet. This powerful early '50's Fender really roars with a fairly early onset of tonal saturation. This earlier 5C4 circuit despite having a 20-30 Watt output offers a lot of compression and smooth breakup at fairly low volumes. This one amply shows why the "Super-Amp" was one of the company's signature products in the era, and remains an all-time classic rock'n'roll amp. Very Good + Condition.