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Made In America  - "Designed To Last Generations" - Since 1952
Looking for the custom vintage tube amplifier of your dreams? You're at the right place...

Welcome  - Hey friends! Thanks for stopping by to look at our amps. I'm an old rock n' roll guy from Texas who grew up in the 50's listening to the great ones...like Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Little Richard and of course the king Elvis.  I  built my first tube amp in 1952 to pump up the volume on my record player.  It had three 6SL7's in the preamp driving a pair of "coke bottle" 807 tetrodes. It was a real tone monster that rattled the windows and rocked me through the 50's...and eventually led me into a five decade engineering career. In the early part of my career, I designed high-power transmitters for the Air Force and back-pack transceivers for the Army and CIA. Most of the gear was used in the Vietnam War, and it was all  tube based. In the later part of my career, I designed solid-state equipment for many large companies, including computer interface platforms for Texas Instruments OMAP processors used in the first smart cell phones. Even though I finished my career designing high-tech solid-state equipment, my true passion has always been for the vintage tube amp designs and the warm tones they produce, so I started Frenzel Tube Amps in 2001 as a retirement business with two main concepts. One was to build custom high quality tube amps at affordable prices and two was to give the best customer service in the world. To do that you have to have friendly talented dedicated people who love their work, and we do! Everyone at Frenzel is a master craftsman, loves their work, loves music and loves people. My three sons who got me started building guitar tube amps for them when they were teenagers back in the 70's are now all engineers as well as musicians...and excuse me if I brag a bit...fantastic guitar and keyboard players! With their help and a lot of input from  our "tone freak" friends, we have designed and built thousands of tube amps for musicians and audiophiles all over the world. 

More Than Amps - In addition to being  the owner of Frenzel Tube Amps, I am also a minister in the Christian church. I use the engineering and musical talents God has given me to build the best tube amps I can, but at the end of the day, there is more to a successful and joyous life than work and business. There is my faith which calls me to spread Christ's message of compassion and to try and make a difference for good in the world.  To follow this call, Jim Frenzel Outreach Ministries was formed as a non-profit charity that supports organizations dedicated to social outreach and mission work for children in need all over the world.   For more info, please visit ouOutreach page. 

Our Mission Statement -  Whatever you do, work at it wholeheartedly as though you were doing it for the Lord and not merely for people...Colossians 3:23

Thank You  - To our devoted friends and customers, we cannot possibly thank you enough! If it were not for you and your great reviews and referrals, we would not be here. Your kind words and compliments on our amps give meaning to what we do here at Frenzel. The world is a very large place and we are separated by many cultures and beliefs, but there seems to be in all of mankind a desire to play music and celebrate life...to "rock"...and I thank God for that gift! If you are a first time visitor, thanks for thinking of us for your amp needs. We are constantly adding new products and new features to our products. Our commitment is to give you the highest quality product and the best customer service possible. We hope that you enjoy your visit to our site and find something that turns you on! You can't beat our quality or our prices! If you have any questions or just want to share something about your music or your gear, please email me. I would love to hear from you.

Rock On!

Jim Frenzel

Vintage Tones You Know & Love...

Classic 50's - 60's Pure Tube Designs - Our amps are very different from anything else you will find in the boutique amp market. They were inspired by the classic 50's-60's tube amp designs that create the "tones you know and love" plus they have many added features and custom options not found in the original vintage amps which allows you to create your own design and your own individual tones! We manufacture a wide variety of amps and preamps for musical instruments and home entertainment use. They have a large selection of upgrade options including custom cabinets and enclosures.   Click on the links shown in the Menu Bar for detailed information, specifications, photos, videos, reviews and sound clips of our amps.

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Best Selling Stereo Amplifier - The SS-4772 Super Stereo - Ultimate Stereo For Your Vintage Vinyl  

 
Best Selling  Super Series Guitar Amplifier - The FM-5E3SD Super Deluxe - Flagship Model With All The Goodies!  





Best Selling  Mini-Head Series Guitar Amplifier - The FM-5E3DP Deluxe Plus - Small In Size...Huge In Tone!  



Best Selling  Precision Guitar Preamp - The FM-800Z "Rocker 800" - Vintage F & M Tones From Any Amp !  
 
Hand-Wired Works of Art...
Quality Is Our Most Important Product - Each one of our amps is like a work of art to us. It is a great pleasure to build them for you. We love to make the music come alive! Quality is our most important product, so we hand-build everything in-house at our rock'n little factory in the woods of east Texas. All of our amps are point-to-point hand-wired with no printed circuits or terminal boards. We use military style tie-wrapped wiring harnesses for long life and reliability.  It takes longer to build an amp that way, but the end result is worth it.  Great care is taken in the routing of the wiring and placement of parts to provide the best signal path. Only the highest quality parts including low noise polypropylene capacitors, metal film resistors, Neutrik jacks, Micalex sockets and premium heavy duty transformers are used in our amps. We use JJ Electronic tubes known for their warm tones and reliability. All tubes are prescreened for noise and hum, and tested for optimum performance before insertion in the amp. Before shipping, each amp is performance tested on instruments and speakers to insure all specifications are met and then it is burned in for 24 hours and retested. This attention to detail produces an amp that will last for generations. When we ship an amp, our goal is to deliver more than the customer expected. We put our name on our products and our name and reputation are more important to us than anything.  Read our Reviews page and you will see the truth in this statement.

 
 
RB-100 Retro Bassman Wiring
Factory Direct Low Prices...
Affordable High-Quality - All of our amps have their  prices listed on the amp description page and you will notice right away that our prices are much lower than you would expect.  We are  often asked why our amps are so inexpensive compared to other name-brand boutique type amps. The answer is that we are a family owned and operated company with no corporate overhead expense...and  we sell factory-direct to the customer. There is no middle man or dealer mark up in our prices. Also, we do not spend money on media advertising. All of our business comes from our website, our listings on eBay & Amazon and customer referrals.  And finally, we do not stock any amps and thus have large amounts of money tied up in inventory. All of our amps are custom built to order. This allows  the customer to choose only the options he wants and thereby control the price.  All of these reasons allow us to build affordable high-quality custom tube amps that will outperform and outlast any of the "re-issue" namebrand type amps now being mass produced in China. You can't beat our quality or prices anywhere! 
Rockin' Customer Reviews...

Very Satisfied Customers - Our customers are our best advertising. Please visit our Customer Reviews  page for more details.  If you have a review you would like to share with us, please click here to email it to  Reviews


Featured Artist - Jim Roberts (Jim Roberts & The Resonants)




"I have  two Frenzel Tube Amps. One is a 25 watt 2008 Retro FM-5E3 Deluxe Plus and and the other a 40 watts 2011 FM-5E3 SD Super Deluxe. Jim Frenzel makes the real deal....and at fair prices that all can afford.. I used the 25 watt in the studio exclusively to record our "Devil on a Dirt Road CD." You can hear how I used my Frenzel at www.jackrobertsharveyband.com.  All the CD songs are there and free to listen to. I couldn't be happier!!! I never go anywhere without my Frenzels! Thanks Jim!" — Jim Roberts (California).


Featured Artist - Chris Elkins (Lead Guitarist for Ditmeyers)





FRENZEL FM-5E3DP " Deluxe Plus" - Hey Frenzel Team  -  Had this amp for 6 years now and it has been as solid as solid can be. Here's a picture from last week when my band opened up for Chris Jansen. 5,000 thousand people showed up. Chris Elkins.
 

 

Featured Artist - Leon Taylor (Lead Guitarist Taylor's Crossing)

 
 

 

Hey Guys, - Just a note to say the amp wows em everywhere. Tone snobs, even the average listener comments on the great tone. Two sound engineers at live concerts said to me "perfect guitar tone"  I now own two other amps purchased from you after hearing the first one. I just finished building another cabinet/ stack for a friend of mine who bought one. One I bought for the wife is the Purple snake-skin with red Hollowbody- the other is Marshall Red Elephant Tolex...I just bought another FM-5E3SD Super Deluxe-this one off Ebay.(why would somebody get rid of one?) This makes 3 in my studio, 4 on stage as our other guitarist has one. The best tone machine on the planet - I know it is for me, and has made believers out of those in earshot. My original has been flawless on stage and studio since day one over 3 years ago. Thanks for making killer amps affordable. Leon Taylor (Oregon) 

 

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