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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


      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

      a. falesi

      March 4, 2024

      I don't know...

      There's something in this amp I can't judge, I love it or not? Don't know. It's a strange thing. Sometimes I believe I found the right way to deal it, I love the sound enough, even if it has a very narrow sweet spot. The next time I fall again in doubt. I said to myself: this thing almost eats an entire DSP to run, 2 years in the making, Fender endorsed, made directly from UAD... it must be great.
      I don't know... Is it? I would have the opportunity to play on a real one to answer to this question.
      I like how it sounds? yes and no. 3 stars is enough. But maybe it's up to me.

      S. Saied

      February 23, 2024

      Redo Review

      My first reaction to this plug-in was on the negative side which was pre-mature. After watching some YouTube demos and player suggestions on how to set up and use the plug-in, my overall review is positive. The only complaint about this plug in, is it seems it is DSP hungry. However, the responsiveness and tones I'm getting now are wonderful. Clean tones are obtained by setting volumes correctly primarily but also considering which mic and placement to use. The plug-in responds differently depending on the guitar, pick-ups etc.. I'm really digging this plug-in now and is by far one of the best amp emulations I've ever used.

      T. VELLY

      February 20, 2024

      Helpful and intuitive/easy to use !!

      I was struggling with a quite poor guitar track and launched the 14 days trial and could quickly find a preset that saved my time so I bought this plugin with many possibilities to twist guitar sound also by changing mic’s position… Fun and intuitive to use !

      W. Meis

      February 16, 2024

      Fender Tweed Deluxe

      I got a very good 5E3 Clone and I must say they are sounding different. Especialy the high mids. So i gave 3 stars. But overall the plugin sounds good for the most applications where you want to hear the Tweed Deluxe.

      F. Malagié

      February 11, 2024

      Réalisme incroyable du son et du jeu

      Tres belle simulation de cet ampli mythique. Possédant un twin reverb delux, l’approche et l’attaque du gain dans les lampes est extrêmement réaliste. Un superbe outil pour les prises de son, en rythmiquk et en chorus.

      F. Malagié

      February 11, 2024

      Réalisme incroyable du son et du jeu

      Tres belle simulation de cet ampli mythique. Possédant un twin reverb delux, l’approche et l’attaque du gain dans les lampes est extrêmement réaliste. Un superbe outil pour les prises de son, en rythmiquk et en chorus.

      J. Kapp

      January 31, 2024

      Had To Have It!

      Tried the demo and I almost immediately had to have it in my collection! Great realistic Fender tones that you can dial in just the way you want them.

      S. Saied

      January 19, 2024


      Kind of disappointed in this plug-in because for one, it’s extremely too hot and almost too hot to manage. The amp plugin comes close to sounding sort of like a Fender, but not close enough. The clean sound is pretty much nonexistent. The other issue is this is extremely DSP hungry. Good thing I had a coupon and it was on sale or I’d be very upset what’s the purchase.