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FS: Frenzel FM-5E3 DP “Deluxe Plus” Amp Head - MINT!

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I've been wondering about these and how close these are to a mini bassman.

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TIs it a 5E3, a Bassman, a Marshall or all of the above?

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The FRENZEL "Deluxe Plus" was "INSPIRED" by the 50's Fender Deluxe 5E3...but it is a much more than a clone. The Deluxe Plus has two separate preamps, one voiced like the Fender Deluxe and one voiced like the Marshall Plexi. We replaced the 6V6's in the original Deluxe output stage with 6L6's and boosted the power to 25 watts. The power output transformer is a custom heavy duty extended range type designed to produce with crystal clarity all the high, mid, bass tones...plus the harmonics that your instrument creates. The voice is contoured by a modified Bassman style three band tone stack accentuated with a modified Presence control equipped with an "Edge" pull-switch to contour the negative feedback for dynamic soaring leads. We also added a Master control which allows you to control and shape the preamp and output stage overdrive tones. The F and M channels have separate input jacks and gain controls which allows you to use an AB/Y switch to select one channel for Clean and one for Boost...or blend them together for your own unique tones. When playing clean, this amp will faithfully reproduce what you put into it ...and when you stomp on it,..it will produce tones you have never heard before! It works great with guitar, mandolin, bass, organ, piano, harp and strings. Think of it as a 5E3 on steroids! See features list below.

FEATURES:

Input Jacks isolated from chassis for low noise, eddy currents, and hum. DC on filaments for low 60 hz hum. Star ground system to reduce induced current chassis noise. Type F (Fender) and Type M (Marshall) inputs with separate preamps and Gain controls for the smooth Fender warm blues tones or the Marshall Plexi high-mid dynamic rock tones. You can use an AB-Y switch to select either channel or blend them together to create your own unique tones. Classic Fender Bassman 5F6 style 3-BAND TONE STACK for extended flexibility in shaping your tone. MASTER level control so you can crank the GAIN's up and overdrive the preamp without overdriving the output tubes. Classic Fender Bassman Style Presence control for dynamic treble punch! Unique "Edge" pull-switch on the PRESENCE control that transforms the power amp section into a No-Negative-FeedBack style amp for more open, less compressed tones. Post output transformer LINE OUT with LINE OUT LEVEL control for recording or driving a PA system or a higher power amp, . Has an auto switching internal load if speaker is not connected to give you loaded output distortion.
Class AB fixed biased 6L6's in the output in place of the original Deluxe cathode biased 6V6's to give you more power and headroom. (Please note you can still use 6V6's which will give you about 15 watts output.) Preamp and driver tubes are JJ 12AX7's known for low noise and linearity. You may also use 12AT7's or 12AU7's for different tones and less preamp overdrive. Laser Etched Front Faceplate Chassis Dimensions - 12"Wx8"Dx2"H (Allow 6" aove chassis for tube clearance.)

Weight: 14 lbs

Power Output - 25 watts @ 8 ohms 5AR4 rectifier in place of original 5Y3 for better pick attack and less sag...or you can use a Solid Slate plug-In rectifier for tha Marshall super tight no sag sound.

Extra long (10') three prong grounded power cord. STANDBY switch to turn off the plate voltage during warm-up. Rock solid point-to-point hand wiring using only the best of parts...low noise tubular polypropylenes caps, metal film resistors, ceramic sockets, switchcraft jacks...etc. Sweet vintage clean to classic overdrive tones with three different types of distortion depending on whether you are overdriving the preamp, output... or both! Tube compliment: The amp comes with 3 - 12AX7, 2 - 6L6, 1 - 5AR4, but you can substitute 12AT7's or 12AU7's in the preamp and driver for different tones and and less preamp overdrive. You can also substitute 5881's, KT77's, KT88's, 6550'S in the output stage for different sounds. You can also use JJ 6V6's or similar new manufacture tubes that will take 400 volts on the plates, but please note the power output will be reduced to about 20 watts.

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I'll never sell my bird cage FRENZEL FM - 5E3 DP3 Deluxe Plus III. Jim Frenzel is a wonderful guy.

– Darko Domuz formerly known as 6stings

I'll never sell my bird cage FRENZEL FM - 5E3 DP3 Deluxe Plus III. Jim Frenzel is a wonderful guy.

– 6stings

So is Jeff for sending this my way. I don't think I will be selling this either, Darko. Such a Big, full sound coming out of this little amp.

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I'll never sell my bird cage FRENZEL FM - 5E3 DP3 Deluxe Plus III. Jim Frenzel is a wonderful guy.

– 6stings

So is Jeff for sending this my way. I don't think I will be selling this either, Darko. Such a Big, full sound coming out of this little amp.

– R P

I'll never sell my bird cage FRENZEL FM - 5E3 DP3 Deluxe Plus III. Jim Frenzel is a wonderful guy.

– 6stings

So is Jeff for sending this my way. I don't think I will be selling this either, Darko. Such a Big, full sound coming out of this little amp.

– Neoj4zz

And it's built by a guy who has worked with tubes all his life.


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