Best replacement low gain valve kit for Fender 57 Deluxe amplifiers.
As an alternative to the standard replacement valve kit for the Fender Deluxe amplifier, we also offer this low gain version.
The low gain version features a 12AY7 valve for position V1 instead of the usual 12AX7 (otherwise known as an ECC83 in Europe). The low gain version means you will be able to get greater headroom and make more use of the volume knob. The gain reduction is around 50-60% but still retains the full tonal integrity of the amp.
So this superb low gain valve kit contains:
- 1 x Selected Premium Grade JJ 121AY7 preamp valve for position V1.
- 1 x Selected Premium Grade JJ Current Balanced ECC83 (also called 12AX7) for the phase inverter in position V2.
- 1 x Selected Premium Grade JJ 5Y3S rectifier valve for position V5.
- 2 x Selected Premium Grade JJ Matched 6V6S power valves/power tubes. for positions V3 and V4.
So treat yourself to a brand new set of gorgeous sounding valves today. Restore the power and clarity to your Fender guitar amplifier.
- Awesome tone. Surely this is what matters most. The number one priority for any guitarist has to be the tone. Warm, rich, fat and juicy are the words that best describe the sound from these valves.
- Sustained valve/tube power to make the most of every stage in the amplifier chain. It is the balance between volume and tone that distinguishes a great valve from a mediocre valve.
- Long valve/tube life. Guitar amps by their very nature have to be built to take a lot of knocks. This is also particularly important when it comes to the amplifier valves themselves.
Why use the 12AY7 low gain valve instead of a 12AX7 (ECC83)?
Some guitar amplifiers (particularly the Fender Blues Deluxe, Blues DeVille etc) have WAY too much gain on the front end for many people’s tastes. I often hear the complaint that guitarists can’t get the volume off 1 or 2 before being deafened!
If this is you, then there is a simple solution. Just swap V1 for a 12AY7. Your V1 will be a 12AX7 (ECC83) with a gain of 100. Swap it for a 12AY7 (with a gain of 45) and suddenly you can get the volume control off the bottom rung! You’ll also notice less noise from the amplifier. Some say the 12AY7 is also ‘warmer’ with more bottom end, but these things can be very subjective.
You can read more about how the 12AX7 compares with the 12AY7 here.
If you have any questions about replacing your valves please drop us an email. We have more than 30 years experience so we are sure we can help.
Do check out our FAQ section first though. Here you will find the answers to most questions as well as useful hints and tips if you have never upgraded your tubes before.
The best replacement valve kit for Fender 57 Deluxe amplifiers on the market.
- Every valve kit is carefully selected, fully tested, digitally balanced and matched before we ship to you.
- JJ valves have the highest quality control, minimal noise and extremely low harmonics.
- We have a range of fast delivery options with full tracking and insurance. So you know they will be delivered safely.
- Global delivery – we ship all over the world.
What do these valves sound like?
These Selected Premium Grade valves have the highest quality control, minimal noise and very low microphonic so that you get the very best tone from your amplifier. You really can hear the difference.
Tight and full bass response without any muddiness. A mellow and very rich middle range but still crystal clean when required. A saturated overdrive with exceptional sustain. A beautiful glassy top end that can be easily varied to suit your style of playing.