Fender® '55 Tweed Deluxe
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
UAD Tones & Techniques:
Fender '55 Tweed Deluxe with Josh Smith
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.
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
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
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
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™ 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.
“The UAD Fender '55 Tweed Deluxe is the best sounding guitar amp emulation available.”
– Chris Coady (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Beach House, Future Islands)
“The UAD Fender ‘55 Tweed Deluxe is my favorite amp emulation. Finally a plug-in that gets the crunchy power tube distortion just right.”
– Peter Mokran (The Flaming Lips, Michael Jackson, Mary J. Blige)
“The Fender ’55 Tweed Deluxe plug-in is hands-down the best amp emulation there is. It has tons of sonic options, and with Unison™ technology for Apollo, the plug-in feels just like the real thing.”
– John Paterno (Robbie Williams, Badly Drawn Boy, Bonnie Raitt)
Watch The Reviews
March 18, 2023
Put my atrat on it
Sounds great. Loads of depth and character, great presence. Also ran my Rhodes through it. Fantastic.Read More
March 16, 2023
Great amp simulator. I love it!Read More
February 21, 2023
Magnificent amp. You have to know how to tame, but then you do everything with it.. From blues to old style rockRead More
February 15, 2023
This is a great sounding amp. It takes a little while to dial in a nice clean tone but it has an awesome crunch and is very versatile. Having on UA platform with no latency is really nice....Read More
January 24, 2023
I love the response and the old school vibes of this amp, combined with the tape echo it really makes me happy!Read More
January 19, 2023
Old styleRead More
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
Fender '55 Tweed Deluxe
Put my atrat on it
Sounds great. Loads of depth and character, great presence. Also ran my Rhodes through it. Fantastic.
Great amp simulator. I love it!
You have to know how to tame, but then you do everything with it..
From blues to old style rock
This is a great sounding amp. It takes a little while to dial in a nice clean tone but it has an awesome crunch and is very versatile. Having on UA platform with no latency is really nice.
I love the response and the old school vibes of this amp, combined with the tape echo it really makes me happy!
This works perfectly with my Takamine, I can make very nice warm electro sounds from just an acoustic guitar. Love it as I love UA!!! Nice!
Authentic Fender Sound
I own both the Deluxe Reverb '68 Reissue Amp and the Deluxe Reverb Tonemaster with the Celestion Creamback speaker. In a perfect world I would Mic up these Amps with my Shure 57 and call it a day. I don't have access to that kind of Studio set up so this Fender '55 Tweed Deluxe Plug in emulation is perfect. With the different fully adjustable microphones offered to record with all I need to do is put this amp into the Unison slot and it's magic time. More importantly the guitar tracks I have recorded using it sound fantastic! WTG Bill Putnam Jr and Crew ... Two thumbs up!!!
Wish I had tried it sooner
This plugin is important. It is able to run unison, it has a classic and very needed sound and versatility and creates exactly what it should- gold record tone. The presets are numerous with many famous names in there like “60’s cinnamon girl. That should start the conversation- this amp does Neil young’s famous tone flawlessly. I have several amps and other plugins but I use this on almost every track as a needed classic tone. It has a huge amount of amp cabinets and microphones to select and overall master volume outside of amp gain. Give this plugin a. Demo, it might seem simple but nope, this is not a one trick pony, it’s a show stopping amp sim!
Fantastic plugin very different from all the others...
S. El Hammami
Perfect for my Acoustasonic
I was looking for an amp that fits my Fender Acoustasonic. This one is perfect. I can now use my Apollo Quad DI entry without any frustration. This one is really not overlaping the Marshall Amp plugin.
Perfect Fender Tweed authentic sound. Very easy to dial in some great tones. The only downside is that it doesn’t work in stereo. At this day and age I can’t possibly imagine why we weren’t given that option, hence the 4 stars.
Like a real one ( nearly ;-)
A great simulation very close to the real one
Great plugin! Incredible sound! A must have for all enthusiasts!!!
Great plugin! Incredible sound! A must have for all enthusiasts!!! Thanks to the whole Universal Audio team for offering us all these products!
Even Neil Young would love this
Perhaps the best guitar amp plugin of all-time. I've recorded several tracks with my Apollo solo and it sounds better than most of my real amps. Just unbelievable.
Rockabilly and country machine
I’m really digging this amp sim and use it a lot. It responds to volume changes at the guitar and responds like a real amp. It’s gritty and sublime with lots of tone options. Can’t say enough good things about this one. The 55 and the buxom Betty are my go to amps. Thank you UA
At first I wasn't sure about the '55 Tweed Deluxe plugin. It seemed to distort quickly and I'm a clean/slight breakup player. But after some experimentation I was able to get a great clean tone out of it. Perfect for recording. Thank you Universal Audio!
Go amp clone but .ua needs to update this plugin with a option to remove the noise or hum and giving it more clean head room then you have the perfect clean amp plug for humbuckers @ single coil pickups.
Just a simple two word review.