Tweed 5E3x2 Double Deluxe for Rockabilly?

scott1568

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Hi all,

I am currently in a local Rockabilly band and have played out several dates over the last year in different venues.

Current Setup:
Gretsch Hollowbody with Dynasonics
1967 Bassman Head
2 x 10 vented cab with Weber Alnico Blue Pups
Echo Jr. , Marshall Bluesbreaker clone for mild overdrive on some songs

The amp holds solid on the low notes which I like, but I am looking for a smoother distortion wave than what a 6L6 amp typically offers.

I want to build my first amp, a Weber 5E3 x 2, but I am tentative. Out of all of the soundclips I hear/see on YouTube, the owner is demonstrating the amp cranked - which is great, but I am wondering if the cleans are going to keep up with a drummer in a 2 x 12 package. I have a few ideas about speakers. I was thinking of using my Weber Alnico Blue 12 paired with a ceramic Emi Legend or Celestion V30 to help with the lows on this amp possibly.

Or, should I just consider something else? I do like the breakup of cathode biased amps like the Tweed Deluxe though. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!
 

ledzep618

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I can't honestly comment on a 2x12 5E3, dunno how much extra headroom the second speaker/bigger enclosure would provide, but the 5E3 Deluxe circuit is not known for headroom...I couldn't possibly dream of keeping up with a drummer while staying clean through my Deluxe
 

Onioner

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I can't honestly comment on a 2x12 5E3, dunno how much extra headroom the second speaker/bigger enclosure would provide, but the 5E3 Deluxe circuit is not known for headroom...I couldn't possibly dream of keeping up with a drummer while staying clean through my Deluxe
This. I love 5E3s, but if clean headroom is your thing, it aint the amp for you, even if it is twice the power.
 

Hulakatt

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Even with the extra power, clean headroom is not the thing with the double deluxe. Also fwiw, when I played one with a Gretsch Anniversary it feedback like crazy! The frequency range being pushed by the deluxe circuit is exactly the frequency that the Gretsch resonated like all hell with.

If you want a great tweed from Weber to build for your gretsch, try the 5e5a tweed Pro, good enough combo for Pete Townsend and they sound wonderful together.
 

amphog

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A Super Reverb sure sounds nice with that Gretsch, and it will keep up with a loud drummer.
 

Greentone

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I have played traditional rockabilly gigs with a normal 5e3 and an ES-5 with good results. An upright bass can only get so loud anyway.
 




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