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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > Sep-16 > UNIVERSAL AUDIO: Fender ’55 Tweed Deluxe

UNIVERSAL AUDIO: Fender ’55 Tweed Deluxe

Universal Audio finally applies its studio-grade modelling expertise to a classic amplifier. Mark Cousins investigates the Fender ’55 Tweed Deluxe emulation

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For several years now, the UAD platform has included a range of excellent amplifier simulators from the likes of Brainworx and Softube, but as yet, none have been developed by Universal Audio itself. With the release of the Fender ’55 Tweed Deluxe, though, we finally get to see Universal Audio’s expertise applied to a guitar amp.

Released in 1955, the classic 5E3 Fender Deluxe amplifier is an intriguing device, known for its unique and somewhat colourful response to the dynamics of the input. Compared to the significantly cleaner Fender Twin that followed a few years later, the Deluxe amplifier has a unique range of tones -from a soft and subtle tube saturation when the amp is driven lightly, to a raucous, overdriven tone when the amp was driven hard. In short, it was an amplifier that responded to your playing, and despite a relatively simple set of controls, could produce a range of different timbres.

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