Saturday, November 25, 2006

Leila Custom 5E3-NY Tweed Deluxe

The Leila Custom 5E3-NY Tweed Deluxe. Based on a late 50's narrow panel Fender Deluxe 5E3. The stock circuit uses 1 12AY7 preamp tube, 1 12AX7 phase inverter tube, 2 6V6 power tubes, 1 5Y3 rectifier tube and 1 12" alnico speaker to produce about 15-18 watts of power. Controls include on/off toggle, standby toggle in place of the old ground switch, 2 channels with a volume control for each and 1 tone control.
I was contacted by a university professor on the east coast who was looking to capture Neil Young's tone. I beefed up the power rail to allow the use of 6L6 power tubes and upgraded the transformers. Tube compliment now includes 1 NOS GE 12AY7, 1 Electro-Harmonix 12AX7, 2 JJ 6L6's, and 1 JJ GZ34.
The results are fantastic. By far the most vocal amp I have ever played. A 22-watt output transformer and more efficient speaker give it a stronger voice than your run-of-the-mill 5E3 with more headroom and more volume.
Here is what the customer had to say about the amp:
"What I mean is "too bad" I didn't purchase your amp sooner...could've saved a bundle of $$$ by NOT buying my "other" amps...'65 DRRI, Blues Junior, Marshall AVT etc."
"I like the tone and power and could tell (right away!) that the "volume interaction" is superb...dirty vs. clean, with just a slight change in settings. The finish is BEAUTIFUL and it came through the shipping process unscathed!"