|JF -5A3 RD "Retro Deluxe"
Candy to the ears if you like the pure vintage tones of the 40's - 50's tube amps. Big bottle 6SL7 preamps and a pair of warm 6V6's! Think early Les Paul tones! Oh yeah!
Features & Specifications
Model: Retro Deluxe
Model No. JF5A3RD
The FRENZEL "Retro Deluxe" is an amp ....that a lot of you have been asking for...it is a "vintage oldie" using the classic 6SL7's for preamps! The design for the amp was inspired by the Classic 1949 Fender 5A3 Deluxe......but it is much more than that. The JF- 5A3 will give you the great mellow jazz and blues sounds that the Fender amps were famous for in the late 40's. A full list of the features is shown below.
Class A cathode biased 6V6's for the true vintage tones.
Power Output: 20 watts
Output Impedance: 8 ohms
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.
5AR4 rectifier for the vintage sag....but you can use 5Y3,5U4 or Solid-State Plug-In if you like the sound tighter.
IEC detachable plug-in three prong grounded power cord.
STANDBY switch to turn off the plate voltage during warm-up.
Chassis Dimensions: 12"W x 2"H x 8"D
Weight: 12 lbs.
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 2 - 6SL7, 2 - 6V6, 1 - 5AR4
- GAIN WITH BRIGHT SWITCH
- STANDBY SWITCH
- PILOT LIGHT
- POWER SWITCH
- POWER CORD
- LINE OUT LEVEL CONTROL
- LINE OUT
- SPEAKER OUT
$795.00........Sale Price $495.00 - With Vintage Cage $595.00!
CUSTOM FEATURE UPGRADES:
1. EFFECTS LOOP - Serial Effects Loop with Return Jack (Power Amp In), Send Jack (Preamp Out), and Send Level Control with Hard Bypass.Switch Add $50.00
6. CUSTOM CABS AND ENCLOSURES - Please see our Cabinets page for a variety of custom built cabinets and enclosures including head cabs, combo cabs, speaker cabs, rack mount chassis, road cases etc.
2. EXTENDED RANGE 4-8-16 OHM OUTPUT TRANSFORMER - for more tonal range and speaker options. Comes with 4-8-16 ohm speaker selector switch.Add $50.00
3. "SURFER" VINTAGE TUBE TREMOLO - pure tube tremolo for those vintage vibe tones. Great for surf music! Comes with Depth and Speed controls on front panel.and footswitch pedal. Add $50.00
4. 100 - 240 VOLT POWER TRANSFORMER - for operation outside the USA. Please specify line voltage. Add $40.00
5. VINTAGE STEEL CAGE - steel perforated cage provides protection for tubes and maximum ventilation for long tube life. Includes "easy to carry" Fender style strap handle. Add $115.00
VINTAGE CAGE UPGRADE
"SURFER" VINTAGE TUBE TREMOLO UPGRADE
Customer Reviews & Sound Clips
Reviews: Some sample reviews show below. For more please see our Reviews page.
Dear Jim, Safely, it reached home. Thank you. It is a wonderful jazz amplifier. It is a loved tone. Thank you. m(__)m! Kitagaki M. (Japan)
Hello Frenzel, I am VERY pleased with the JF-5A3 RD "Retro Deluxe" Guitar Amp that I recently received!!! AWESOME SOUND AND TONE!! Chaz P. (Colorado)
Jim - I have received my amp the Frenzel JF - 5A3 Retro Deluxe. All I can say is WOW WOW WOW what a spectacular amp, a true classic, thank you thank you thank you, I LOVE THIS AMP! Bill S. (Indiana)
Hey Jim and crew! - I am really enjoying the amp. The best part of all this is the flexibility and ease of changing the tubes. I now have the exact tube compliment of Don Helms the steel player for Hank Williams! TC - (Florida)
Jim- Another big thanks... your amps are fabulous, and even more than my high expectations...am absolutely loving both amps (twin rev., and custom retro), and they have been used on most of my gigs, and sessions... the smaller sized retro fits in my case/seat, and makes it easier for the packed van tours...cheers, and hats off to you Jim... Charlie H. (Canada)
Hey Jim, Pheeeew....just received my JF-5A3RD, amazing tone! With just a little boost pedal to push those 6SL7 tubes over the top you get a really fuzzy, thick and unique overdrive unlike any other amps i've had. Also has a great big round clean tone that i'm loving too. From the way it was shipped to the build quality everything was AAA, was definitely worth the wait. You can tell you guys take pride in what you do. Mick B. (Illinois)
SOUND CLIPS & VIDEOS - We do not post any in-house sound clips or videos of our amps. We leave that to our customers. There are lots of clips and videos on-line and an easy way to find them is to Google Frenzel followed by the amp model number. A few links are shown below:
From our friend Dalibor Jurasin in Croatia