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Get all the bloom, chime, and grind of Leo Fender’s most iconic amplifier.

Vintage Fender tweed Deluxe amplifiers are the Holy Grail of tone for good reason. Their low-volume clean sounds are pristine and complex. And as you inch the volume upward, you’re greeted with sweet, blooming overdrive, before arriving at full-on distorted, utterly viscous tube saturation.

After two-plus years of research and development, Universal Audio is proud to introduce the Fender ’55 Tweed Deluxe plug-in for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo interfaces. Designed 100% by Universal Audio, and endorsed by Fender Musical Instruments, the ’55 Tweed Deluxe plug-in captures every nuance of this historically unrivaled tone machine by emulating every last ingredient of the hallowed 5E3 Deluxe circuit.

Use your Apollo to track through the only authentic emulation of a 1955 Fender tweed Deluxe amplifier — with no latency

Hear the results of an exhaustive two-year R&D project — the first real guitar amp emulation

Easily track perfect studio amp tones with different microphone combinations and placements — without phase issues

Re-amp previously recorded tracks with any UAD-2 hardware

Take A Listen

Take A Listen
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Fender '55 Tweed Deluxe with Josh Smith

History of Tweed

History of Tweed

The Deluxe was one of Leo Fender's first amp designs, with early versions being produced in 1946 — years before the release of his first solidbody electric guitars. After various circuit tweaks, Fender landed on the now historic, "wide-panel" 5E3 Deluxe in 1955. This version became a favorite among country, blues, and early rock players as the ultimate bar gig, mid-sized club, and studio amp, with its single 12" speaker and two 6V6 power tubes delivering around 15 watts.

Endless Tones

Endless Tones

Before the invention of overdrive, boost, and distortion pedals, recording engineers and guitarists valued the tweed Deluxe’s uncanny ability to seemingly speak to the microphone with a perfect balance of sweetness, detail, compression, and, when cranked, glorious raunch. From Neil Young’s feral roar to Daniel Lanois’ lilting textures, Billy Gibbons’ early boogie to Larry Carlton’s singing lead tones, the tweed Deluxe seemingly begged to be recorded.

Through Science We Found… Magic

Through Science We Found… Magic

To that end, Universal Audio chose two bone-stock 1955 tweed Deluxe amps as “golden units” to be emulated. This began a two-year R&D project to capture every single component — from speaker paper and heat dissipation, to filter caps and transformers — the essential ingredients that allow the tweed Deluxe to deliver expressive, dynamic, easy-to-record sounds, with only Volume and Tone controls.

Three Genre-Defining Speaker Choices

Three Genre-Defining Speaker Choices

The ’55 Tweed Deluxe plug-in gives you three common “hot rod” speaker mods that pros have been using for over 40 years. The stock 1955 Jensen P12R speaker gives you jangly treble and thick bottom, while the 25-watt Celestion yields thicker mids, velvety treble, and a more aggressive voice. Finally, the JBL-D120F — a 120-watt hi-fi beast — stays clean and pristine with more airy presence than the stock Jensen, giving you extended treble snap.

Expertly Placed Dual Mic Setup

Expertly Placed Dual Mic Setup

The ’55 Tweed Deluxe plug-in offers expertly placed multi-mic tones with a collection of legendary mics — and zero phase issues. Mix and match with a rare '60s Beyer M160 and white Sennheiser MD-421 mics, a modern Royer R-121, and a hand-picked vintage Neumann U-67 from Ocean Way Studios. And use the intuitive Mic Mixer to season your tones with separate Level, Pan, and high-pass filter. Additionally, you can set each mic to a secondary off-axis position for further tone tweaking.

Unison<sup>™</sup> Technology for Apollo Interfaces

Unison Technology for Apollo Interfaces

Harnessing UA’s groundbreaking Unison technology, the Fender '55 Tweed Deluxe plug-in gives you the impedance, gain staging, and circuit behaviors that have contributed to making the tweed Deluxe one of the most recorded guitar amps in history. And like the original amp, you can plug into any of the amp’s four inputs and achieve different gain levels or impedance changes, or plug in using a vintage “Y” cable to jump the inputs and blend the channels.

*Note: Artist names contained herein do not constitute official endorsements of Universal Audio or its products.

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      Key Features

      Tweed Deluxe licensed by Fender®, modeled by Universal Audio
      End-to-end emulation of the entire 5E3 tweed Deluxe circuit
      Unison technology allows for authentic guitar interaction with Apollo Interfaces
      Best-in-class speaker/cabinet emulation
      UA's first complete, stem-to-stern guitar amplifier model

      Customer Reviews

      Fender '55 Tweed Deluxe

      Overall Rating


      P. Salvador

      July 14, 2024

      Great Sim

      Great amp sim. The best amp sim I´ve worked with. Have been playing for hours with this wonderful toy.

      A. Pashka

      July 10, 2024

      Saves time

      I find myself using this more than micing my real 55. Excellent purchase!

      b. defilippis

      July 10, 2024


      I've never played a real 55 tweed but all I know is this plugin sounds great. From clean to mean and everything in between. Cleans up nicely with the guitar's volume knob. The more I use it the more I like it. Different speaker and mic selection allows for even more tone choices. And I got it on sale so it was well worth it. My only complaint is the DSP consumption since I use the Apollo solo.

      賢. 藤井

      July 9, 2024

      good sound


      R. Butler

      June 22, 2024

      Lotsa Bang For The Buck!

      I spent last weekend checking out this plugin, and I'm absolutely floored with the sound. I've owned a few Tweeds in my time, and this really is an excellent reproduction. Rich, gritty goodness you'd expect from a Tweed without the huge price tag. Warning: It's very DSP hungry, so if you have a smaller device like Apollo Solo you'll be limited to any additional effects running simultaneously.

      M. Haasdijk

      May 31, 2024

      Very realistic amp plugin!

      What this plugin does very well is that it seems as if you can hear air moving trough the amps speaker. I miss this in most other plugins. Great job and awesome sounding plugin!

      a. cristofalo

      May 24, 2024

      fender vst

      i have several ampsim and the fender is one of the greatest

      J. Pino

      May 23, 2024

      Very realistic recreation of a classic

      This plugin really does sound and behave like a small Fender tube amp. I don't have an actual Fender '55 Tweed Deluxe, but I do have a Fender Bassbreaker 007 tube combo, and I can tell you that the resemblance is spot-on, complete with great dynamics and response to input gain -- roll back the guitar volume and the amp cleans up very nicely while remaining warm and retaining good volume. In fact, I have a track where I recorded my real 007 with a ribbon mic, and another track where I recorded with this plugin, and they sound nearly identical. Keep in mind that you may not like the raw sound of a small tube amp without effects (I very much do), and if that is the case, this amp sim may not be for you. In any case, the engineers did a great job on this one.

      M. Saur

      May 5, 2024

      Sound amazing !

      Great sound, as usual easy to use !

      N. Maciel

      May 3, 2024

      Fender Uad

      Best fender emulation amp, is nice that have unison capability, and you can print the sound, I hope they release a native version of this plugin

      E. Sedrick

      April 24, 2024

      To Obtain Clean Tones Easily.

      Some advice to reviewers who were saying they can't get a clean tone: in the bottom microphone controls panel, set your output volume up, and your mic volume mostly up.
      Make sure you're using the MIC inputs on the virtual amp. Turn up the mic gain knob on the amp a bit. That is how you obtain clean tones, not just in this plugin, but on the real Tweed amplifier.

      Great sounding virtual amp!

      f. previtera

      April 13, 2024

      FENDER 55 - difficult to reach a clean tone especially on mid low tones

      I've tried the plugin with a Jazz guitar but it is not convenient to reach a full clean tone typical of this style. Better results on Neve without amp simulation

      f. previtera

      April 13, 2024

      FENDER 55 - difficult to reach a clean tone especially on mid low tones

      I've tried the plugin with a Jazz guitar but it is not convenient to reach a full clean tone typical of this style. Better results on Neve without amp simulation

      D. Pintaldi

      April 7, 2024

      My basic clean/crunch American guitar amp .

      It is essential for me to obtain classic twangy, clean and very realistic crunch tones.
      I like his fluid and natural behavior in following the dynamics of my picking

      S. Lambeth

      April 6, 2024

      Authentically Comparable

      Did a good comparison of the UAD Plug-In to my Mesa Mark V90 "Tweed" preamp setting on Channel 1 @ 10W. Not just similar sonic context, but very much the same feel and response. Shout out to Leo, Randall, and especially the folks at Universal Audio for bringing specialized boutique to the plug-in world. Cheers!

      k. gregory

      March 29, 2024


      wow !!! just beautiful !!! grateful for this bad boy ! very nice

      A. Hunt

      March 15, 2024

      That tweed sound in the box

      My go to clean channel amp sim.

      M. Postmann

      March 15, 2024

      ZZ Top läßt grüßen

      Zusammen mit der genialen Unison Technik grandios.

      D. Caruso

      March 7, 2024

      Belle simulation

      J'aime le son mais le niveau volume est très élevé voir trop

      a. falesi

      March 5, 2024

      It was up to me

      Ok, if you read my previous review, called "I don't know", well it's outdated, because I found the key, and now the Fender amp sound reaaaally good. The most important thing to check is gain stage: everything starts for there. If you, like me, feed the amp with a wrong gain value, well, the Fender Deluxe will sound "fake" whatever you try, fake saturation, fake distortion, really poor headroom, as you can read in some review. But we don't have to blame the amp but ourself.
      As soon as you dim the input and stay in the middle of the green field, everything goes perfectly fine. You cam hear the real sound of this emu. And it's great. And you can have it in stereo too, just check YT. Cheers