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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: Vintage (before 1985) / Anybody here have a 5D3?

BrentD
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5 DIFFERENT CITIES 15 DIFFERENT MORONS.
Apr 28th, 2018 06:00 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a few questions about them, but mostly did you notice they're quieter than 5E3s, even just a little? What makes you keep yours qiven the ubiquity of 5E3s?

Asking because I played one today and liked it a lot.

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Apr 30th, 2018 08:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm guessing there's not a lot of them around. I have a 5C3, but that's a lot different.

This the one you played? (might be a "D" from the look of the tubes)

at Elderly

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Apr 30th, 2018 10:54 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yup, that's the one! It's a D according to the label.

I made it to Motor City Guitar to play a 5E3 RI yesterday. It was waaaay louder. The D is also softer, if you know what I mean. Warmer? Dunno. Not less ragged. Just not quite so sharp as the E.

More different than I wanted them to be.

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May 2nd, 2018 05:40 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Bopper, are the instrument channels a lot darker than the mic channel? Which do you use?

I only plugged into the instrument channel and after reading around it ses the mic channel is the equivalent to the "hi" channel on the 5E3. If I can get back before they sell it I'll try the mic input.

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May 2nd, 2018 08:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I hadn't played the 5C3 (to be clear, I don't have a "D", but I do have an "E" [or 2 - recentish]) for some time, until yesterday (^;

I don't remember ever using the mic channel (y' know, it's for mics). The Inst channel sounds somewhat rawer than an "E" to me, in a cool way. I think not as loud as an E.


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May 2nd, 2018 09:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks a ton. This is lining up with my experiences. I think the volume difference is significant but I think the E RI is loaded with an efficient special design and the D has a "Brit clone" speaker that I'd bet is less efficient.

If I may ask, what Es do you have? Are they Fender RIs? If so, how do you like them compared to the C and long term? I had one and sold it and I'd like to get another - preferably one of the ones from ten years ago or so with a Jensen.

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May 2nd, 2018 03:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I built a kit from STF Electronics about 15 years ago, and when I saw a new first-gen RI from Fender in '07, I jumped on it, even though it was pretty pricey for me.

I put a RI Jensen P12Q in the kit, which coincidentally the Fender came with.

The new RIs are $2K, which is about the same as the D at Elderly, which seems like a good deal for something pretty rare. I am *not* in the market. (my wife pamster will read this)

I definitely like the Es. They're all keepers - I never get rid of anything.

I got the C 30 years ago out of Tradin' Times (you know, kinda like Craigslist).
For $200. Those were the days

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May 2nd, 2018 08:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm not in the market either, haha! I played the D again today. It would be a fantastic amp for recording and playing around the house during the day.

Thanks again for the info.

EDIT: Typo.

(This message was last edited by BrentD at 12:05 PM, May 3rd, 2018)

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