The classic American amplifiers of the ‘50s and ‘60s inspired us to create the, errrrr, American Classic series. The Ceriatone 5E8-A amplifier is based on the tweed-covered amplifier of the same designation.  This amplifier was made in the ‘50s, and is frequently referred to as the “low power” version of the 2x12 combo.  This amplifier is a personal favorite of guitar gods Eric Clapton and David Gilmour. The 5E8-A uses dual 5U4G rectifiers for a more stout response than the other tweed-era amplifiers, but is not as clean as the “high powered” brother. 

Compared to the other tweed designs, this has a slightly different preamp that allows for slightly more gain, and we recommend substituting the 12AY7 in the Bright channel for a higher gain 12AX7. We find this amplifier to be one of the true greats of pure tone, with a guitar+amp combination that is rivaled by few amplifiers.  We love this amplifier so much we seek to bring it to players the world over. Like other Ceriatone amps, we have labored carefully to select the finest components to suit the design, and the 5E8-A uses our specially designed custom transformers for superior reliability, frequency response, and feel.

If ordering a Chassis you must select with Amp Head or Combo Amp under Chassis Options.

Controls include Normal and Bright Volume, 4 Inputs (2 Normal / 2 Bright), Bass, Treble and Presence controls.

Current lead times are listed on the main page at

Power: 40 Watts 
Tubes: 2 x 6L6GC, 4 x 12AX7, 2 x 5U4 (w/ external bias)
1/2 Power Switch

5E8A Tweed Twin Configuration Options:

  • Chassis I - $1,007
    (Fully working chassis. Tubes not included.)
  • Chassis II - $1,178
    (Fully working chassis. Tubes included.)
  • Amp Head I - $1,283
    (Fully working chassis installed in a head cabinet. Tubes not included.)
  • Amp Head II - $1,454
    (Fully working chassis installed in a head cabinet. Tubes included.)
  • 112 Combo Amp - $1,599.50
    (Fully working chassis installed in a 112 combo cabinet. Tubes included. Speaker not included.)

Main photo is for illustrative purposes only and advertised base pricing is for Chassis I without tubes. Photos may include options that are not included if you order the standard version of the amp or don't order all options available. We also may not offer all options available and/or shown in main illustrative photos. Photos are of products assembled by Ceriatone. We no longer sell kits. Black Tolex is standard on all amps unless otherwise stated in product description.

Ceriatone amps are custom made, 100% hand-built, point-to-point hand-wired amplifiers using the highest quality components and custom wound transformers. Each amp is thoroughly tested and burned in before it is shipped to you. Even with long lead times Ceriatone takes no shortcuts or makes any changes to their build standards in the production of their hand-built amps. This is Ceriatone quality.

Pricing shown on includes the shipping cost to the USA only. We only ship to the USA, Canada and Mexico. Shipping to Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands will have additional shipping. We'll invoice the difference in shipping and it is due at the time the order is placed.

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Tweed Twin 5E8A

  • $1,007.00

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