Vintage Sound Tweed 15 1x12 Combo - Custom Cherry & Wicker
The Vintage Sound Tweed 15 is essentially an all hand-wired, all USA made, modified '59 Fender 5E3 Tweed Deluxe based amp with lots of nice tweaks that Vintage Sound Amps are known for. We worked closely with Rick Hayes on this and we are extremely pleased with the outcome.
Vintage Sound has made quite a name by building vintage era amps with many desirable modifications. The Tweed 15 takes the well known 5E3 Tweed Deluxe circuit and replaces one of the channels with a "Plexi" voiced higher gain channel.
The Tweed 15 is a point-to-point, all hand-wired amp using premium TAD tubes, top quality filter caps and electrolytics, carbon comp resistors, Orange Drop tone caps, solid core push back wire, and custom transformers that are hand wound in the USA.
The cab is constructed of finger jointed solid pine with a Baltic birch baffle, and wrapped in beautiful lacquered tweed. Classy!
About the tone:
One thing that makes the late 50's era tweed deluxe amps so desirable are the rich clean tones at lower volumes, and the edgy overdrives at levels that are quite manageable at home or on the stage. That, coupled with the compact design makes these amps very usable in a variety of settings, be it jamming in a basement, recording in a studio, or playing live on stage.
The Tweed 15 (like all good tweed deluxes) is also a very forgiving amp. While dynamic, the 5Y3 rectifier provides just enough sag to smooth out the notes when varying your pick attack.
If super-clean headroom is what you're looking for, this isn't the one, but I'm sure you know that by now. The threshold between clean and dirty comes on rather quickly with this type of amp, and even more so when using the Plexi voiced channel (which we absolutely LOVE, by the way). The overdriven tones of a tweed deluxe is really what they're known for. From players like Billy Gibbons, Neil Young, Rich Robinson (Black Crows), and countless others, the 5E3 circuit certainly has a firm spot in the history of Rock-n-Roll.
Tweed 15 Specifications:
Wattage: Approx. 15 watts
Preamp Tubes: 1 x 12AX7, 1 X 12AT7
Power Tubes: 2 x 6V6
Rectifier: 1 x 5Y3
Controls: Tone, Volume, Volume
Speaker: WGS Custom Spec for Vintage Sound 1x12"
Inputs: 4 Inputs, 1 x Hi 5E3 Bright, 1 x Lo 5E3 Bright, 1 x Hi Plexi, 1 x Lo Plexi
Circuit Construction: All Point-to-Point, Hand-wired, Cathode-biased - no negative feedback
Cabinet Construction: Custom Cherry hardwood w/Baltic Birch baffle and wicker grille.
Pilot Light: Red Amp Jewel
Combo Dimensions: 16.5" High x 20" Wide x 10" Deep
Weight: 30 lbs