1952 Fender Deluxe
1952 Deluxe like Scotty's
photo© courtesy Craig
1952 Fender Deluxe control panel
Scotty bought one of these, serial #0958 in
1952 along with
a Fender Telecaster guitar and used it initially with the Starlite
Wranglers, with Elvis on tour and on the early Sun recordings.
He traded it in towards the Ray Butts
built EchoSonic to O.K. Houck Piano
in Memphis on May 24, 1955 receiving $65.00 in credit.
Jimmy Day, Scotty (with Deluxe), Elvis and Bill Black
in Dekalb, TX March 4, 1955
photo© courtesy Willie Cox
The wide panel 5C3 Fender Deluxe amplifier was manufactured from 1952 to
1955. It measured 16¼" x 18" x 7½" (41.3 x 45.7 x 19.1 cm) and
weighed 26 lbs. It featured a single 12" Jensen P12R speaker, a
6SC7 preamp, a 6SC7 phase inverter, 2 6V6 power tubes, a 5Y3GT rectifier
and produced 10-14 output watts.
originally added 2002
I initially reported and listed
Scotty's first amp as a TV front Fender Deluxe, which was believed
inaccurate. It was then believed to be a Fender Champ which also
was incorrect. The sales contract for Scotty's EchoSonic reveals
that he traded a Fender Deluxe #0958 in on May 24. 1955. Scotty
only remembers that it was a small Fender of the wide panel type.
The serial number suggests it to be a wide panel design, which resembles
the Champ, but the The
Fender Amp field guide reports those as made in 1953.
Given that I'll assume the guide is not definitive and at present
believe it to be a 52 Wide Panel Deluxe. I wish to apologize for the
misinformation and confusion.
James V. Roy
November 18, 2003
recently noticed a picture of Scotty with a Deluxe published in the book
in Texas" and Scotty identified that amp as his. This should
resolve the issue of Champ v. Deluxe though the serial number still
suggests a possible mfg. in 1953. Further, an article published in
20th Century guitar magazine listed the ranges for serial numbers of
this model that define it as a 5C3 design.