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Retro Deluxe Plus  


Model No. FM-5A3RD
Series: Mini-Head
                      


Small In Size - Huge In Tone!


Price: MSRP................. $795.00  
$595.00




 

Overview:

The FRENZEL "Retro Deluxe Plus"  is the retro version of our Deluxe Plus 525 which has rave reviews from all over the world. It was "INSPIRED" by the  Classic 1949 Fender 5A3 Deluxe...but it is a much more than a clone. The "Retro Deluxe Plus" uses vintage 6SL7 "big bottle" octal tubes in place of  12AX7's and it has two separate preamp channels, one voiced like  the Fender 5A3 Deluxe and one voiced like the Marshall Plexi.  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.  The voices are contoured by a modified Bassman style three band tone stack accentuated with a modified Presence control which has an "Edge" boost 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.  We  replaced the 6V6's in the original Deluxe 5A3 output stage with 6L6GC's to give you more overhead and to boost the power. For those that prefer the Marshall tones, we  added a EL34/6L6 bias switch that allows you to use EL34's in place of the 6L6's. The  output transformer is a heavy duty  extended range type with 4-8-16 ohm outputs designed to produce with crystal clarity all the high, mid, bass tones...plus the harmonics that your instrument creates. The output transformer feeds a passive three power level attentuator that provides a selection of 1/4, 1/2 or FULL power which is great for lowering the volume for late night or home practice sessions. All these feaures allow you to create your on unique tones. The F channel will give you the great mellow jazz and blues sounds that the Fender amps were famous for in the late 40's and early 50's. Think Les Paul tones...oh yeah! The M channel will give you dynamic Plexi rock sounds like you have never heard before. It works great with guitar, mandolin, bass, organ, piano, harp and strings. Think of it as a 5A3 on steroids! 

Description:

Standard Features:

Normal (Type F) Bright (Type M) inputs with separate preamps and Gain controls for the unique smooth Fender 5A3 Deluxe warm tones or the Marshall Plexi great high mid-tones....or you can use an AB-Y switch and create your own distinct tones.

Pull Bright Switch on Gain Control  - This switch enhances brightness at lower level settings of the  Gain control.  As the control is turned up, there will be less effect . At the max setting of the  control there is no effect.

Pull Deep Switch on Bass Control – This switch enhances the Bass and attenuates the Treble.

Classic Bassman 5F6A 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.

Presence control  - used to adjust the high-frequency response and damping factor of the power amp section.

Boost - Unique NNFB "Edge" boost switch on the PRESENCE control that transforms the power amp section into a No-Negative-FeedBack style amp for soaring dynamic leads. 

Line Out - post output transformer LINE OUT with LINE OUT LEVEL control for recording or driving a power amp, Auto switched internal load to simulate speaker if speaker is  not plugged in. Inject great tone directly into the PA system with the Speaker Simulated Direct Interface.

Custom heavy duty output transformer for extended low frequency performance with 4 - 8 - 16 ohm outputs selectable by a rotary switch.

Power Attenuator -  Passive built-in power attenuator that does not affect your tone provides three power levels. 1/4 -1/2  FULL.


EL34/6L6 Bias Selector Switch - Allows you to use either 6L6 or EL34 power output tubes.

Standby Switch - Protects tubes from cathode stripping during warm-up.  

Tube Complement: comes standard with 3 - 6SL7,  2 - 6L6, 1 - 5AR4. You can also use 6SN7's in the preamp and driver for different tones and overdrive sounds. You can also substitute 5881's, KT66's, KT88's, 6550's, or EL34's and KT77's when using the EL34/6L6 Bias Selector Switch  in the output stage for different sounds. 

Electrical Specifications: 

Input Power  120 VAC 50-60Hz - 155 Watts Standard IEC plug-in three prong grounded power cord. (100VAC & 240VAC available. See Upgrade Options) 

Output Power   FM-5A3RD/25 - 25 watts  (FM-5A3RD/25 - 40 watts. See Upgrade Options) 

Output Power Selector Switch - provides three power levels. 1/4 - 1/2 - FULL power. 

Speaker Output Impedance - selectable by switch 4-8-16 ohms.

Line Out Impedance - 10K ohms

Instrument Input Impedance - 1 Megohm

Physical Data

Chassis Dimensions - 12" Wide x 8" Deep x 2" High. (Add 6" clearance for tubes)

Weight - 15 lbs. 

Chassis - Heavy gauge aluminum with welded corners.

Retro Vintage Cage Mini Head - heavy duty lightweight steel mesh cage provides protection and excellent ventilation for tubes. Comes with easy carry Fender style strap handle. Overall Dimensions - 12" Wide x 10" Deep x 10" High

Construction:
 

Rock solid point-to-point hand wiring with military style tie-wrapped wiring harnesses for long life and reliability.

DC on filaments to eliminate 60 hz hum.

Star ground system to eliminate induced current chassis noise.

Input and Output Jacks isolated from chassis for low noise, eddy currents, and hum.

Classic Pointer Control Knobs

Vintage Glass Jewel Pilot Light


Components:  Only the highest quality parts are used including heavy duty transformers, low noise tubular polypropylenes capacitors, metal film resistors, Micalex sockets, Neutrik jacks. All parts are rated for commercial high use conditions. Wherever possible we use parts made in the USA.

Front Panel:  F Input Jack, M Input Jack, F Gain, M Gain, Bass, Middle, Treble, Presence/Edge Boost Switch, Pilot Lamp, On-Standby-Off Power Switch

Rear Panel:   Power Cord Connector, Fuse, Output Power Level Switch, Line Out Level, Line Out Jack, Speaker Output Jack, Speaker 4-8-16 Impedance Selector Switch 

Front Chassis View:

 Upgrade Options:

These options allow you to  customize your amp to meet your special individual requirements. 

1. FM-5A3RD-40  MODEL 40 WATTS OUTPUT -   Increases power output to 40 watts.   Add $100.00.  

2. EFFECTS LOOP - 
 pure tube buffered serial effects loop designed to perfectly match the low impedance solid-state pedal levels with high impedance tube levels..  Add $75.00.  

3. EDGE FOOTSWITCH- adds jack to rear panel for footswitch control on the NNFB EDGE switch. Includes classic heavy duty footswitch with LED. Add $60.00 

4. EFFECTS LOOP FOOTSWITCH - adds jack to rear panel for footswitch  control of the EFFECTS LOOP bypass switch. Includes classic heavy duty footswitch with LED. Add $60.00 

5. DUAL PLEXI - JCM800 PREAMP - Extra gain stage added with pull-switch on M Gain control to select between Plexi  low gain or JCM800 high gain.  Add $60.00

6. "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 

7. 100 - 240 VOLT POWER TRANSFORMER - for operation outside the USA. Please specify line voltage. Add $55.00

8. DUAL RECTIFIER MODE SWITCH - Provides a switch to select between a 5AR4 rectifier for smooth compression on peaks or a FRED  high voltage solid-state rectifier for sharp pick attack and dynamic bass.  $50.00  


Reviews:

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:

Featured Artist - Jim Roberts & The Resonants

"I have  two Frenzel Tube Amps. One is a 25 watt 2008 Retro FM-5E3 Deluxe Plus and and the other a 40 watts 2011 FM-5E3 SD Super Deluxe. Jim Frenzel makes the real deal....and at fair prices that all can afford.. I used the 25 watt in the studio exclusively to record our "Devil on a Dirt Road CD." You can hear how I used my Frenzel at jimrobertsandtheresonants.com/  All the CD songs are there and free to listen to. I couldn't be happier!!! I never go anywhere without my Frenzels! Thanks Jim!" — Jim Roberts (California). 

 


Sound Clips from J. K. Sullivan

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Customer Email Reviews: 

Please check our 
 Customer Reviews page for more reviews and links to reviews. We have listed a few below:

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)

Thank you, Jim. My Retro Deluxe arrived today and it is an awesome harp amp. I tried out two vintage microphones with it and it sounds great! It delivers the tone I want. It’s loaded with numerous extras. It’s priced right. And it was shipped in the most secure container I have ever received,I appreciate your attention to detail in every aspect of the amp. I appreciate you sharing your commitment to outreach work as well.Frenzel embodies integrity.Thanks.May you have joyous abundance in everything you do, Best regards,Vin (Massachusetts)

Hello Frenzel,  I am VERY pleased with the  "Retro Deluxe" Guitar Amp that I recently received!!!  AWESOME SOUND AND TONE!!  Chaz P. (Colorado)
 
Jim - I have received my amp the Frenzel  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 Frenzel Team  - I would like to thank everyone involved for the outstanding workmanship, professionalism and care you show in doing things right for the people who do business with you. The way you packed the amp so it would arrive in perfect condition is truly impressive.  I believe that of all the companies I have ever dealt with, regardless of field of expertise, your company is the one that has stood out the most. I tried the amp (5A3RD/Surfer Upgrade) as soon as everything was ready to go and the sound is full and well defined. I will make sure people know about Frenzel amps among the musicians I know here in Montreal.  I'm very happy and I can't wait for my next gig.  Michel P. (Montreal, Canada)

Hi Jim,  I had never heard a 1949 5A3 Deluxe in person, but what I noticed on internet demo's was quite how ‘fat' they sound when cranked in comparison to later Fender amps. The Frenzel Retro Deluxe does this really well, almost like a fuzz. I have only cranked the master and gain fully in its 5 watt mode, and the overdrive is different from a Blackface or Silverface style, darker, more compressed, richer. It’s versatile too. In 20 watt mode it’s loud and has enough head room, it does jazz very nicely with a hollow body, clean or slightly broken up, and it also sounds great with a Telecaster. You can do Wes Montgomery or Punk with this head. I ordered a Tremolo on mine, which is lovely and has a load of sustain. It is a dark amp, I tried it with numerous different cabs I own before I found the perfect match (for me at least), an open back 1x12 with a 70s Fane/Hiwatt ceramic speaker. It is a bright speaker so I guess that makes sense. The Retro Deluxe also works well with an old school Alnico speaker for a 50s sound. I am impressed but not surprised how nice this amp is (it’s so quiet it’s almost silent), as I have had one of Jim’s 5E3’s for many years and it is the most reliable and well used amp in my studio, wonderful cleans, nice low gain drive on the Marshall channel. This new Retro Deluxe has already received several compliments from other players who have tried mine, it is a different amp to the 5E3 in a good way.I have lots of guitar amplifiers, from famous brands, boutique makers, cheap ones and oddball ones; this Frenzel is great and will get lots of use, highly recommended. The power scaling does what it should do (3 modes), you could definitely use it as a bedroom amp if that is your need. Lastly I should mention the Frenzel service, which is always as good as it gets. I am in the UK, and yet I knew what was going on during the build via constant email updates, and it was delivered perfectly and very quickly. Super friendly people, great service, great pro amps. Thanks Jim.   Rupert Latimer (Sussex, UK)
 
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)  

Hi Jim, I can not say enough about the quality and sound of the Sweet Little 15 and the Retro deluxe that you recently made for me. Every time I plug these in and get such inspirational tones with ease, and the value provided, WOW, Thanks, Mike H. (Victoria, BC Canada)

Hello, I received my Retro Deluxe (5A3RD) amp today. I plugged it into my Weber Minimass and then into my computer audio.  I added some of my favorite pedals to the mix.  I soon found out I don't need some of my pedals nor do I need the Minimass.  The amp sounds great and has a good range of possible tone settings with the two pull controls on the gain and bass parametric eq knobs.  Thank you for throwing in the pull deep switch on the bass control.  This amp sounds the way I hoped it would and then some.  I plan to order the Sweet Little 15 next. Dan R. (DC suburbs)

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 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)

Hi Jim, Got the amp 5A3RD  yesterday.  Your care in packing was as good as I have seen. I let the tubes warm up for about an hour and have played it for about an hour.  I am VERY impressed with the old school Jazz tones I am getting on my Mann 5 string electric mandolin. I will write a more complete review in a couple of weeks.  Let me say thank you for this wonderful piece of gear! Pete M.(Washington)


SOUND CLIPS & VIDEOS - From our friend Dalibor Jurasin in Croatia

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Deluxe Plus Reviews

Reviews and sound clips from "Clyde the Slyde" !

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Jim, I was experimenting in my studio this morning with my FRENZEL FM - 5E3 Deluxe Plus. I flipped on the recorder, slipped on my slide and this jumped out of the speakers on the first take. I will use this as an intro for another song I will record soon. Equipment used…Frenzel FM - 5E3 Deluxe Plus using Marshall input ,1x12 speaker cabinet with Celestion vintage 30, Reverend Avenger (semi hollow with 3 strat single pole pickups) customized for slide, Shure 57 microphone , 20’ guitar cable.....Not a single pedal…what an amp!

FRENZELONFIRE.MP3

Jim,  The more I play this amp the more I love it. I was cutting a track for my new album this morning and this just slipped out. Feel free to use it on  your website. I've been jumpering the two inputs and blending the two. Just a touch of the F-Channel adds the bottom end I love and I crank the M-Channel to keep the mids sweet and punchy. I've beek playing live like this lately and have received a number of comments from folks about how good the tone is. Loud, crisp and clear, cutting through the mix but never too loud. Here's the specs on the clip. 

1. 5E3 Frenzel Deluxe using M-Channel and F-Channel jumpered using Y
connector
2. 8 ohm 2x12 Speaker Cabinet with 1 Red Tone Tubby Hemp Cone and 1
Celestion Vintage 30
2. 1972 Gibson SG with DiMarzio Super Distortion pickups
3. Shure 57 Microphone
4. 18' Guitar Cord (No effects)

Clyde's personal testimonial... 

Jim's amps are alive! The notes sing, scream or whisper - all depending on your touch. I've never played a more soulful, musical and responsive
amplifier. The quality is first rate and Jim stands behind his products 110%. You must have one!


For more of Clyde's music, check out his  MySpace page at 

www.myspace.com/clydetheslyde

VIDEOS:

Frank Gambale YouTube video FM-5E3 

Deluxe Plus III YouTube Video - Clean Tone with Strat

Customer Email Reviews:

FRENZEL FM-5E3DP "Deluxe Plexi" Customer Review - "Hi there, We recently recorded a 360 music video of a roaming band, using our trusty Frenzel FM-5E3DP "Deluxe Plexi" head amongst other gear. We're particularly pleased with the mix. Mainstream 360 videos (Taylor Swift, Bjork, LA Philharmonic etc) don't use dynamic spatial audio, whereas in our video the sounds follow the band members. You need a headset to enjoy it properly, but the spatial audio still works if you use headphones and watch in 2D...regardless of which way the listener faces. We'd really appreciate the work of FixTheMusic who produced the video for Eastwood Records Limited. Here is a link to the video." 

Many thanks,

Dr Myles Eastwood
Producer and Engineer
Eastwood Records Limited


 FM-5E3 DP
 - Hey Jim, Amp is here and really nice. I'll take a pic in the day time and send it to you. It looks great sitting on the walnut speaker cabinet. Thanks again...your service is second to none and I would happily recommend your business to anyone! Regards, Jason M (Australia) 

FM-5E3DP  - 
To Frenzel and Company: I just want to drop you a line regarding my Frenzel Deluxe Plus Amp received 3 days ago. It is every bit the amp I hoped for and more. All of the superlatives in other customers' reviews are true. I may never use my other amps again. Thank you for building a fantastic product. All the best to everyone at Frenzel! Thank you, Bob C. (Florida) 

FM-5E3DP525 "Deluxe Plexi 525" - Well if first impressions mean anything I’m impressed. This little thing sounds great. Nice tube tones from jazz to blues to rock. You can easily dial in the perfect breakup (I’m a Blues player) and you’re set. Step on a pedal and you get even more. I have an ABY box to toggle between channels or combine channels (highly recommended). I must also say these are a screamin’ deal that sound every bit as good as many $2000 amps I’ve owned and that’s no BS. Love all the features, Master Volume (excellent), wattage settings, edge control and line out. Most importantly…. The tube TONE is excellent!! Just a heck of an amp at a heck of a price!! Thanks Guys, Duke W. (Arizona)

 FM-5E3DPR/6SL7 "Deluxe Plus Retro"  Dear Frenzel Team, THANK YOU! This amp sounds amazing. My Strat and Tele have never sounded better!! The Gretsch is almost dialed in as well. I can’t say enough about the tone of this amp. Even my wife walked into the music room 2 nights ago and said, “wow, that sounds awesome” Gretsch 5422TDC FSR + Frenzel F input + EXH Holy Grail Nano Reverb + MXR Carbon Copy Delay + THD 2x12 cabinet makes for an impressive Sleepwalk rendition. Again, thank you! Brian M. (California)

FM-5E3 DP - Jim, Just a note to say that the amp you built for me (deluxe plus) is perfect! I mostly play a Tele partscaster with Don Mare pickups. This seams to be the magic combination I have been searching for. The tone is great. It is small and light. It plays well with my pedals. I have installed it in a wood cabinet (photo attached). I did change a few tubes. I have a Phillips 5R4GY in the rectifier and RCA 6072 in the 1st position, amperex 12ax7 in #2 tone, and RCA 12ax7 in the #3 PI. The 6l6 are still the JJ. Anyway thanks for the great work! Alan B. (Texas) 

FM-5E3DP/525
 - Well I can’t begin to tell you what an amazing amp it is. All I wanted at first was a nice clean loud enough clean tube sound. I am really glad I got the high gain JCM800 upgrade. The 800 sound carried me for years so to have that along with the clean F side is beyond words. Now they are both at my finger tips. I love the construction. You guys are masters. Thank you again and again. Cheers, Ivan D. (California)

FM-5E3DP " Deluxe Plus" - Hey Guys, Had this amp for 6 years now and it has been as solid as solid can be. Here's a picture from last week when my band opened up for Chris Jansen. 5,000 thousand people showed up. Chris E.  

FM-5E3DP525 -  Amp received! Beautifully packed and beautifully built! It sounds glorious! Thank you very much. This amp is awesome! - J. Stokes(Florida)


FM-5E3DP  - Hi Jim, This amp sounds like the best guitar tones I've heard over the past 50+ years of listening to music. On my Nashville Tele and Jensen Alnico's...I just can't stop playing! So many songs, so little time. Very inspiring. Thank you for beautiful tube tone. Curtis Popke (Round Rock, TX)

FM-5E3 DP - Hi Jim, been meaning to write a review but you know how it goes... I love the amp and its enormous versatility. So far I haven't gigged with it, but its the centrepiece of my practice setup. I've got a drum machine, a pedal board and the line out goes to a simple mixer. I can put any set of tubes into the Deluxe+ that I want and play any hour of the day or night. My wife and neighbours love you for making it!!  Cheers, Peter R. (Australia)

FM-5E3 DP  - Hi Jim, finally found the time to build a cab for the 5E3 DP, which I bought from You in 2010! I made a lightweight spruce-cab with the shape of the old Standel amps. In spite of the JBL-120 the weight is only around 17kg. Of course it sounds great.  Helmut H. (Germany)


FM-5E3 DP - Finally arrived on Friday. Custom built, hand wired Frenzel Deluxe Plus. So far I think it is the best amp I've ever play through. I keep changing speaker combination and it still kick's Ass. 2x10,1X10,1X12,2X12 and any combination... The F preamp and the M preamp inputs are great. Manage them with an A/B switch Greg W. (New Jersey)

FM-5E3 DP - Dear Jim, You wonderful amp has arrived and has enjoyed many good hours of testing--it passed with flying colors!  Thank you for sharing your excellent work with me. I wanted to pass on a few pics of the cabinet I made for it.  I love the way it all turned out. Cheers, Ben W. (Florida)  

FM-5E3DP - Just finished three days of tracking with my Frenzel Deluxe Plus in my home studio. Since drums are in the same room I used the adjustable line out through a direct box and was able to dial in some great tones. Fun and versitile amp! Thanks, Dietrich P.


FM-5E3DP3 - Jim, How sweet it is to have a product work so well for the first time that I just wondered why it took so long to discover Frenzel? This first run was coupled with a Tone Tubby Alnico and Celestion V30 which is very stout and reliable and  can’t wait to experiment with my favorite vintage drivers. I suppose that your company is sized just as you prefer and that is very respectable but what you are doing (IMO) is possibly the best kept secret in America. Thank you very much to you and your staff for an outstanding product that does everything you advertise at possibly ‘double’ the value if not more when compared to others in your class. James P. ( Indiana) 

FM-5E3DP3 Jim (and to everyone on the team), Thank you for building my amp.  It arrived the other day and I got to put it through its paces over the weekend.  The amp looks and sounds wonderful and I am looking forward to playing through it in the church band.  I’m extremely happy with the amp and I wanted to let you all know that. I thought it impossible to get an amp that sounded like it does, with the features it has, let alone at a price that I could afford.  Yet, you came through and I was most pleased with your customer service (specifically the very quick responses to my emails).From start to finish, you honor Christ in the way you conduct your business. Thank you very much, Mark R. (Tennessee)

FM-5E3 - Hi Jim, I have to tell you that this has become my main amp even though I kind of bought it as a backup.  The Frenzel has become the go to amp for just about everything in the studio, guitar, organs, pianos, mandolins.  It is a very versatile amp, from crisp and clean to crunchy, round and full of rich harmonics.  Thanks for making a great amp. Kenny P. ( Ontario , Canada)

FM-5E3 DP3 - I've gotta tell you Mr Frenzel - you know a thing or two about making guitar amplifiers. I'd never heard of you or your amps, and I've been on A&M and Polygram records and will be 57 years old in February. Two months ago, I bought one of your FM-5E3-DP3 Deluxe 25 watt chassis used on Ebay - totally on a whim.. I was so impressed I ordered the AC-15 you are currently fabricating within a week. You've real got a gift - thanks for sharing it with the rest of us. Richard "Lefty" Coulson (Michigan). 
 

FM-5E3 DP3 - Jim, I wanted to let you and yours know what a great amp I got. I ordered the FM-5E3 DP3 with KT-77 tubes. This is a great sounding amp. I have not found a "bad" setting on her! I am playing a PRS SE Semi-Hollow with soapbar pickups and this guitar and this amp sound like they were made for each other. I tried some pedals in front of the amp and WOW!!!! I use three pedals. My setup looks like this: Guitar - PlanetWaves tuner - Vintage MXR Distortion + - Carl martin Delay - amp. When I kick on that delay...whew...the tone is three dimensional. And when I punch the distortion pedal on, look out...this bad boy will growl! I am getting everything from serious Fender cleans to some real rock-n-roll distortion and everything in between. And when I pull the NNFB knob - watch out! I am rattling the light fixtures!!!!! What I am trying to say Jim is, I love this amp. Thank you for offering such an affordable and versatile amp! I look forward to using this amp in the worship of my God and Savior Jesus Christ...thanks again brother. Dane R. (Maryland) 

FM-5E3 DP3 - Hi Jim, The amp has finally arrived. And I like it very much. I play it over an old 4x12 Fender box. And it has that sound I had hoped for. For my ears it had the broad tone of an old low twin (F-mode) and the Hendrix-sound I have been looking for so long (M). It does it far better than all Marshalls I owned and even better than the two Anniversary’s I still have – without killing my ears. The Fender-channel is really smooth, may be a bit smoother than some of the vintage stuff I had the chance to play on. What I learned instantly: Less gain – more tone. In combination with a tube reverb (I use a Replex by Hughes & Kettner) and a tube distortion for more “speed” (Hot British by Radial) I have all I need. John R. (Germany) 

FM-5E3 - Greetings, I purchased one of your 5e3 Deluxe Plus amps a couple of months ago and I thought I would drop you a line and give you my impressions.  I currently have an original 64 deluxe reverb, an early Budda PTP Superdrive 30, a PTP Marshall 18 watt and various other amps to compare it to.  I must say that I am very impressed with the sound of this amp.  The F and M channel thing is a great idea and it works quite well.  The amp has a great clean sound on both channels with nice harmonic overtones and the natural distortion on the M channel sounds great.  It's not overly high gain but nice.  I usually run a Texas Two Step pedal up front for Blues and classic rock stuff. It's become my "go to" amp because it's simple, reliable, lightweight and it sounds great. I'll be looking to your amps in the future. Nice job! Dennis V.
 
FM-5E3 Hi Jim, At a gig this weekend, I finally got to play my Gretsch G6120M through the HBX-WC30, and that was really, really sweet.  What got the attention of everybody, however, was running the keyboard player's Hammond XK-1 through the FM-5E3.  It had the throaty sound of a 145 Leslie absolutely nailed.  Short of an actual 145/B3 setup, it was as good as you'll get.  He ran through one of my Mesa/EV 115 cabs for a stage monitor and lined the amp out through the PA board.  The XK-1's onboard vibrato is OK, but Larry usually runs through a Motion Sound Cabinet for that effect.  The sound out of the 5E3 was so good that we didn't miss the Motion Sound at all, and Larry loved the size & weight of the amp.  He couldn't believe that anything that small could put out the sound that it does. The versatility of the FM-5E3 truly amazes me.  It's performed incredibly well  with guitar, keyboard, and bass. Jett S. (Oregon)  

FM - 5E3 Jim and all the folks at Frenzel Tube Amps: This really is AWESOME! This sounds like the original Deluxe amp I played back in high school in the 70's. Super smooth, great headroom, perfect tone balance all the way up and down the neck, and incredibly easy to get great tone from in just a minute or two of fiddling around......and plugged straight into the amp! This thing sounds so good it's making all my boutique modded pedals sound bad! So I took them out of the chain completely! Now I have truly touch sensitive picking, and I can control the volume and grit just by the way I pick and the way I turn the volume knob! The natural compression is just beautiful, and the responsive feel of the strings turns the guitar into a real art form! I'm tempted to sell my Mesa to raise money for another one of your amps, like the Hot Box Wild Cat 30! Thank You for sending the EL34's, too! AWESOME AMP! AWESOME SOUND! EXCELLENT SERVICE! ABSOLUTELY A GREAT BARGAIN AND WORTH THE WAIT! ABSOLUTELY WORTH SAVING FOR ANOTHER ONE! THANK YOU TONS! Gary S. (NEBRASKA) 

eBAY REVIEWS - 100% positive feedback reviews on our amps on eBay. Here are a few on the FRENZEL FM-5E3 Deluxe Plus.

WOW, BEST Amp I've Heard N 35 Years, Thanks Guys Your 1st Class, BUY ONE
  Buyer   guitarbull ( 59)     7410650400

I have another question......How did you do what every other amp manufacturer on the planet wants to do?  This amp is amazing.  I'm not trying to pigeion-hole your amps, but I always said that I wish I could find a plexi that was in between the 18 watter, and the 45 watter.  This amp can dial in those tones with ease!!!! (and then some). W.T.

kick ass amp with quality workmanship,the wait was well worth it, thanks Jim
  Buyer   piledriver101 ( 7 )   7412646542

Great little amp, very good to do biz with!! Recommended!!
Buyer   beatmasterla ( 103)    7400950650

Excellent !!! Amp Sounds Great ! Packed well and safely shipped.
Buyer   gigic1961 ( 109)    7394808400

Super Deal! outstanding service, Frenzel amps are first class all the way AAA+++
Buyer   caveman3000 ( 13)  7401804847

Great sounding amp and really nice guy......AAAAAA+++++++++++
  Buyer   shellshock1969 ( 99)    7386417157 

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