The classic American amplifiers of the ‘50s and ‘60s inspired us to create the, errrrr, American Classic series. This is 12 powerful watts. Not your average "Lunchbox" amp. The Ceriatone 5E3 amplifier is based on the dual 6V6 1x12 combo made in the mid and late ‘50s.  For many guitarists, the 5E3 is a deserted island amplifier, capable of producing some of the most sought after tones in jazz, blues, country, and rock.

Because of the topology of this circuit, it lends itself to thick clean tones that suit single-coil guitars particularly well, and as it is turned up creates an extremely thick, harmonic-laden overdriven tone.  While it can still be fairly loud, this is a great amp for home, studio, and gigs of nearly all practical sizes.  We have added a 3-way NFB switch to further tune the response of the power amplifier to your needs, while staying true to the overall vibe of the amplifier. Like other Ceriatone amps, we have labored carefully to select the finest components to suit the design, and the 5E3 uses our specially designed custom transformers for superior reliability, frequency response, and feel.

Current lead times are listed on the main page at

Dual Channel (Normal/Bright) each with High, Low Inputs
12 watts
Normal Volume, Bright Volume, Tone Controls
3-way NFB Switch

Output Tubes: 6V6GT x 2
Preamp: 1 x 12AY7, 1 x 12AX7
Rectifier: 1 x 5Y3GT
Bias: Cathode Biased
Custom Cover Available ($55)

5E3 Tweed Deluxe Configuration Options:

  • Chassis I - $653
    (Fully working chassis. Tubes not included.)
  • Chassis II - $765.50
    (Fully working chassis. Tubes included.)
  • Amp Head I - $822
    (Fully working chassis installed in a head cabinet. Tubes not included.)
  • Amp Head II - $934.50
    (Fully working chassis installed in a head cabinet. Tubes included.)
  • 112 Combo Amp - $1,138.50
    (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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5E3 Lunchbox

  • $653.00

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