Whether this is your first project or you’re a seasoned amp builder, the Tweed 5E3 Complete Kit from Trinity Amps is an excellent kit to hone your amp assembly skills on. In this brief review, we cover everything you need to know about the aforementioned kit, so stick around.
Overview of the Tweed Deluxe Style Amp
Based on the highly-popular 5E3 circuit from the 1950s, the Tweed Deluxe 5E3 Amp features a host of premium components and updated layouts. Simply put, this is more than just a common reproduction of the 50’s Tweed 5E3, it sounds a lot better than its antiquated predecessor.
Essentially, these amps were developed as medium-power units that can support more than just one instrument at once. The Tweed 5E3 Amp is able to eloquently induce the signature tones of the likes of Neil Young, Don Felder, Billy Gibbons, and Larry Carlton at higher volumes.
Tweed Deluxe 5E3 Amplifier Kit Review
Before we get into the nitty-gritty details that have to do with the amplifier itself, we feel the need to go over the packaging of this amp kit. The first thing you’ll notice upon the package’s arrival is that it’s surprisingly small and its components within it are very well organized.
Further, the kit includes an inclusive set of documents that help guide you through the assembly process. So even if you’re a novice amp assembler, you’ll find these documents to be extremely insightful. It’s worth noting that the kit includes everything you need to assemble the amp.
Everything from the chassis, sockets, pots, and switches are formidable. We’re quite fond of the finish on the chassis. The construction of the chassis is also impressive, as it does a brilliant job of accommodating the rest of the components. To add, the chassis is quite sturdy and durable.
Another thing you’ll notice is that all of the holes used to mount the sockets are threaded, which is a major time saver. In addition, access to the socket pins is pretty straightforward, allowing for easy wiring. If you follow the instructions precisely, the assembly process should go smoothly.
Here’s a video how to from Mojotone:
Now before we discuss the quality of the sound, we need to point out that no two amplifiers ever sound exactly the same, meaning you shouldn’t expect a standard tone for the 5E3. However, if all 5E3s share one thing, it’s certainly the raw vibe that all rockers and headbangers appreciate.
You should know that the circuit used to bring this amp to life is quite a simple one, so you must not expect it to do anything more than just go from sparkly cleans to raw aggression. You’ll love how interactive the controls that are used to adjust the tone and volume are.
One of the best attributes that help set this amplifier apart is its excellent responsiveness. You’ll find that no matter the instrument or the playing style, this amp will certainly deliver. To add, the improved circuit makes this amplifier implicitly noise-free. If you hear any noise, it’s not the amp.
To put a period on our take of the Tweed 5E3 Amp Kit, we’re going to say that Tweed has done an excellent job capturing the classic tone and vibe of the 5E3. Also, our hats are off to the way they’ve packaged the kit. This is the way that all products should be packaged.
- Number of Channels – 2
- Power Output – 15 Watts
- Controls Ch.1 – Volume
- Controls Ch.2 – Volume
- Controls Common – Tone
- Included Power Tubes – 2-6V6 (JJ)
- Included Preamp Tubes – 1-12AX7;1-12AY7 (JJ, EH)
- Included Rectifier Tube – 5Y3 (JJ. Sovtek)
- Speaker Output – 4, 8 switched
- Voltage Support – 115 V 60Hz-240 V 50Hz
- Weight – 25 pounds
- Dimensions – 2.625×14.5×4.125 inches
- Bias – Cathode
- Choke – No
- Outputs – 2
If we were to rate how easy it is to assemble this kit on a scale of 1 to 5, we’d give it a 2/5. Like we’ve already mentioned in the introduction, this is a perfect kit for both novice and expert amp builders. The kit includes everything you need to assemble the guitar, which is a huge relief.
Construction-wise, the chassis is as rugged as it should be. All of the components are top-notch and we’re pleased with how comprehensive the assembly instructions were. As far as the sound quality, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a unit that sounds as good as this amp at its price range.
There’s no such thing as a perfect product, and we’re certain that Tweed’s 5E3 Amp Kit isn’t any different. However, based on our experience with the kit, we don’t have anything negative to say about it. We’ll keep you updated if a hidden drawback reveals itself to us later on.
What Customer Reviews Say
We’ve scoured the internet looking for the comments that users have to share with regard to the Tweed 5E3 Amp Kit, and virtually all of the reviews we’ve found were positive. Again, there’s no such thing as a perfect product, but until we find a con, this kit remains perfect in our eyes.
We feel the need to point out that this section of the review wasn’t based on Amazon’s customer reviews due to the limited number of reviews there. However, the one review that was submitted to Amazon was a 5-star review. We’re hoping that you contribute to this frail number of reviews.
We love Tweed’s 5E3 Amp Kit! That’s all we’re going to say about the product. Give it a chance and give us a piece of your mind. Hopefully, you’ve found the information provided in this article insightful. Feel free to let us know if you have any questions with regard to today’s review.