Who makes a good 5E3 without breaking the bank?

Zuper

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Jim at Lil Dawg is great and his amps are very reasonably priced. I have one of his early D-lux builds and it has been rock solid.
 

drmatty

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Check out the Cox amps if you can find one. Mercury magnetically transformers, great components and used for about a grand. Kind of hard to find though.
 

FFking

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Im a bit of a ceriatone fan boy. They have a tweed deluxe and a dumblized version called the tweedle that are very affordable. Top notch craftsmanship and customer service.

Can save a few bucks by ordering from ceriatone USA if you are in the states or order from Nik at ceriatone Malaysia.

Can get a kit, full working head cab, or 112 combo without speaker and anything in between.

Head cab is under $800.

http://guitarampsusa.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=60_67&product_id=61
 

Broomz

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There's a fender reissue handwired on eBay for $1400. Don't know if that breaks the bank but I have one and love it.
 

GrungeMan

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I don't get that. Why don't they just post a price? I would understand different pricing for ordering in quantity but it seems like the one off price should be known.
Too many variables that the customer has to chose from; what speaker, tranny's, cab covering...all changes the price hence no price until customer has chosen. Good kits I might add. Marsh amps is another kit or assembled amp business.
 

hank57

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If I was looking I'd just keep checking emporium and eBay for a brand name (lil dawg to tungsten to Victoria) that is used that you can afford. Do not get a weber because components are not as good a resale will not be very good. The others I mentioned can always be sold for what you bought them for used. And don't buy Sligo either. Poor wiring I seen more than once.
 

Darl

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Do you guys consider $950 US a good sell price for a new, well built high quality 5E3 clone? Plug and play ready? Solid knotless pine finger joint cab. 12" WGS or Weber speaker. Classictone transformers. Modern JJ tubes. F&T caps.
That's not bad. 850 I think is a very nice price for such an amp. It's been my experience that it's tough to find cheaper for a new build. Of course if a privately built amp gets traded around a few times with each guy knocking a little off his purchase price to move a nice no-name amp, yeah you can find them for 600 bucks.But to buy a new one from the builder, it's hard to find them for below 800, I looked for a while.
 

Darkness

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Have a Li'l Dawg D-Lux with MM
Trannies and NOS glass. I'll happily put it up against the other builders out there. It will more than hold it's own. Such a fantastic amp. Jim is an excellent person too.
 

redchapterjubilee

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Look used. I sometimes see sub $500 kit builds that people would put together, hate the 5E3 thing, and move it on. I got my Carl's custom 5E3 in a somewhat unattractive black tolex and oxblood Mojotone cabinet for $425 postpaid this June. What an amazing little amp! It's made me a little tweed fender crazy. I bought a 59 Bassman LTD chassis and housed it in a head cab. That and an efficient 2x12 has become my gig rig, leaving my Mesa Mark I + 4x10 at home. Makes me want another one, like a Super or a Champ or Harvard or such.
 

bbaug14

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MuchXS over on the Tele forum does an amazing job. Great price and you won't find a better built amp. Do a search on him.
 

soundchaser59

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Unfortunately Frenzel's "FM-5E3DP" shares only a very vague resemblance to a 5E3.
A difference that can only be appreciated by plugging into and cranking one up, with a build quality surpassing almost all and a price that everybody on TGP can afford.
 

bobotwt

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Peter Mather of Nashville? I think I've been to his shop. Nice guy, nice stuff.
I think Peter moved to Virginia. It stinks as he did great work and I didn't have to worry about shipping amps and cabs.

Josh
 

swiveltung

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I think over $900 is getting too high, but not surprised. I bought an early clone... I think it was a early Swart..? years ago off Ebay (new) It was very nicely done and I think it was $600...probably because it was an unknown at that time. It's easy to get $600 in parts building an amp though...
Jointed tweed cab= 200
Chassis and small parts= 100
Speaker=75
trannys=125
tubes=80
 

westmike

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My Lil Dawg D-Lux can take both 6V6 and 6L6 power tubes. That's pretty handy if you want a little more headroom. I bought the completed chassis and built the headbox to save some cash. Jim is great to do business with and his prices are very competitive. I love that amp. The build process was actually fun because Jim sent lots of progress reports with pics. You should at least check his site before you spend your money.
 




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