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Fender Twin Reverb is a guitar amplifier made by Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. Their legendary amplifiers were first introduced in 1952, two years before Fender began selling their also legendary Stratocaster electric guitars.

But Twin Reverb is known in the guitar world for its characteristically clean tone, many guitar players still love today. Musical legends like Chuck Berry, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix Eric Clapton, and Keith Richards all used this legendary amplifier. 

Since its initial release, The Twin has seen a number of revisions both internal and external. The design of the amp greatly varies depending on the year of the release. Some of the most notable variations on the amp’s original design have been made through the years. They include the Twin Reverb, the Super Twin, the Twin Reverb II, and the Twin Reverb ’65 Reissue. The Cyber Twin, which is considered to be the most modern one combines tube amps with a digital processor and was introduced in 2001.

 

 Fender ’65 Twin Reverb Reissue

Fender ‘65 Twin Reverb has 85 watts of the purest, loudest, cleanest and most legendary guitar tone on the planet. The speakers offer incredible sound and clarity. The legendary all-tube Fender reverb offers a spacious ambiance and rock & roll atmosphere.

 

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation or simply Fender is an American manufacturer of stringed instruments and amplifiers. They produce acoustic guitars, bass amplifiers and public address equipment. But Fender is best known for its solid-body electric guitars and bass guitars, like the Stratocaster, Telecaster, Precision Bass, and the Jazz Bass. The company was founded in Fullerton, California in 1946.

Since its initial release in 1954 Fender Stratocaster was played by some of the most notable musicians in the world of Rock ‘n’ Roll music. Ritche Blackmore, Eric Clapton, David Gilmoure, Gorge Harriosn, Jimi Hendrix and Yngwie Malmsten are just some of the guitar heroes that played this legendary guitar. Not to mention that many of them used the Fender Twin Reverb that produces that clean and powerful guitar sound. 

 

What was the first Fender amp?

The first Fender amps were introduced in 1946. All Fender amps from there on can be traced to the “woodie” models of 1946, the Princeton, Deluxe (Model 26) and Professional. They were introduced in spring of that year and were an almost immediate success. They were designed to be used with Fender’s early guitars. They were built with hardwood cabinets which provided their nickname “woodies”. This is where the history of the Fender amp began. 

These amps were the one of the first products that had the Fender name, and although they were in production for about a year and a half, this is where Fender’s legacy began. These small and simple amplifiers were the best amps of that day. 

 

How heavy is a Fender Twin Reverb?

A Fender Twin Reverb amplifier weighs 72 pounds. Although the weight can fluctuate from 64 pounds to 72 depending if you have JBL’s in it. Considering the fact that most modern music gear weighs no more than a few pounds an original classic amplifier is quite heavy. But definitely worth it considering the fact that it produces the best and most organic sound. 

 

What is the most popular Fender amp?

The unique tone of Fender amps is legendary. Vintage amps such as Fender Twin Reverb are hard to come by these days but that doesn’t represent a problem as many modern Fender amps are designed in a way that emulates those characteristic tones and has impeccable clarity. One of the most popular amps today is definitely the Mustang GT 100. Although it takes a lot of space, it delivers 100W of power through its perfect Celestion Special Design speaker. 

The Mustang GT 100 provides you with an access to the Blackface of the Twin Reverb, the Bassman and even the tweed Champ. All the most legendary amps in one with its Bluetooth LE support. If you are a beginner guitarist this amp might be a little too pricey for you, but the quality of this Fender amp is impeccable and can be used for practice and performance. 

 

Are tube amps better?

Tube amps create magic. They create that magical sound that both casual listeners and musicians alike stop to say “wow, that sound is amazing”. The way that tube amps distort when played provides a much more organic sound compared to transistor amplifiers which often provide an artificial sound. Tube amps are better in the sense of the quality of an organic sound they produce. A Fender amp provides a smooth, clean and powerful sound that guitarists love so much. 

Any professional musician or sound mixer will tell you that tube amps act as a living organism. The way you treat it (play it) it will respond by bringing that characteristic distorted sound that defined a generation. We can even appreciate the sound of a classic Fender tube amp even better as many homes today have quality speakers. 

 

What is a twin amp?

A twin amp or a Fender Twin Reverb is a guitar amplifier that was first introduced in the summer of 1952 by Fender Musical Instruments Corporation or just simply Fender. Since its initial release, it has been universally hailed as one of the greatest guitar amps ever to be produced. It’s characterized by making a loud and clear tone usually connected to the unique and recognizable sound of rock ‘n’ roll music but has been praised as the best guitar amplifier across all sorts of different musical genres. 

 

How do you know if you have a bad tube in a cyber twin amp?

There are several indicators that your tube might have gone bad. Your Fender amp will show several unmistakable signs that it’s not working properly. First, you’ll notice unusual sounds coming from the amp. Anything from popping, hissing and crackling to squaling and humming noises. If your amplifier sounds strange you should then check individual tubes. 

One of the indicators of a tube going bad is a purple glow. It means that somewhere within the tube may be a leak. You’ll also notice the amp’s tone has degraded and the overall volume is lower than usual. You’ll have a flat sound and no high-end frequencies. 

 

History

Through time the Fender Twin has gone through a number of changes both aesthetically and electronically. We are going to mention some of the changes these legendary amplifiers have gone through. 

  • The 1950s: the Tweed era

The tweed era of vintage amps is often used to refer to a broad spectrum of Fender amps. When someone says tweed era they are usually referring to the aircraft luggage grade linen covering that Fender used on their amps around 1949. 

  • “Wide Panel” Twin

The original wide panel twin was an all-tube amplifier that had dual 12″ speakers and two 6L6 tubes and had the power of 25 watts.

  • “Narrow Panel” Twin

Narrow Panel Twin amps are models named after the narrow ledges of the cabane’s front face. When someone mentions narrow panel twins they are usually referring to amps manufactured between 1955 and 1960. 

  • “Big Box” Twin

Big Box Fender Tube amp has its origins in the tweed era. It has an 80-watt power and was introduced in 1957. Today this model commands the highest price of any Fender amplifier ever made. 

  • The 1960s: the Tolex era

In the 1960s Fender replaced tweed on most of its amps with a light brownish rugged textured vinyl called Tolex. The Tolex era is divided into brown, light brown or blonde and black covering. 

  • Blonde Twin-Amp

The blonde twin amps are characterized by light brown Tolex. The Fender Vibrasonic Amp was introduced in this period. 

  • Blackface Twin Reverb

During the blackface era of Fender amp from 1963 to 1967, the amplifiers had black faceplates, black Tolex covering on the cabinet. And the legendary Fender Twin Reverb was introduced. 

  • Silverface Twin Reverb

Silverface Twin Reverb is characterized by an aluminum faceplate that had light blue labels. AB763 circuit was introduced. 

  • Twin Reverb II

Twin Reverb II is a reissue of the original Twin Reverb which was introduced in 1982. This amplifier is one of the most sought after by collectors and musicians. 

  • “Red Knob” Twin

The Red Knob Twin has a dual output switch and allows the user to select either 25 watts or 100 watts of output. It was designed for maximum versatility and could be used for live performances or studio. 

  • 1994- 2001 Twin Amp (’94 Twin Amp)

The ‘94 Twin Amps is often referred to as the Evil Twin. It has two inputs, no vibrato and the user can select either 25 watts or 100watts mode. 

  • 2002–2010 Twin Amp (Pro Tube)

This is the first in the series of Fender Twin to have a full tube tremolo. It has a single input clean channel and distorted channels. It also features shared control. The output power can also be either 25 watts or 100watts. 

 

Reissues

Some of the Fender tube amps were so sought off the company decided to create reissues of some of the greatest amplifiers in guitar history. 

  1. ’65 Reissue
    In 1992 Fender introduced the ’65 Reissue with blackface and an output rating of 85W. The ’65 Reissue is constructed with a printed circuit board and new 1/4″ phone jacks. Fender’s original intention was to issue only 300 of this model, but it was so successful that they continued selling them. 
  2. ’68 Custom
    Fender introduced a redress of the ’65 reissue dubbed the ’68 Custom Twin Reverb in 2013. It came with a silver face look, reverb and vibrato on both channels and had an altered negative feedback circuitry. The output remained at 85W unlike the original Twin Reverb of 1968. 
  3. Eric Clapton Twinolux
    Fender released a series of three tweed-style amplifiers in 2012, which were endorsed by Eric Clapton. One of these amps is the Twinolux which is a modified version of the 5E8 Tweed Twin. They removed one channel and added a tremolo effect that has an overall 40W output. 
  4. Tone Master Twin Reverb
    Fender Tone Master Twin Reverb was released in 2019. This amplifier digitally recreates the 85-watt output of the original Fender Tube amp of ‘68.

 

What is the best year for Fender Stratocaster?

Fender’s greatest creation, the Fender Stratocaster has been since it’s initial release one of the most popular guitars across the globe. This iconic guitar was first introduced to the world in 1954 and is still one of the most legendary, stylish and versatile guitars that ever existed. Most of today’s vintage Stratocasters are considered to be produced before 1965. The best year for Fender Stratocaster is 1962 as Fender made some notable improvements. The Brazilian rosewood was used for the fretboard which brought out a brighter tone. The 1962 Stratocaster is made of an alder body, has a maple neck and a rosewood fingerboard. 

 

Which Fender pickups are best?

The Fender Stratocaster is a legendary guitar many guitar players would love or own even today. Although the guitar on its own is pretty sweet, considering the style and versatility it posses the pickups are what make this guitar and the musicians who play it so popular. A Stratocaster pickup is a standard single-coil pickup. It consists of a set of magnetic poles that are wrapped in a thin wire. Stratocaster pickups can produce that bright, glassy, crisp and clear tone. Making them perfect for epic solos. 

Some of the best Fender pickups include Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster Pickups, DiMarzio DP419 Area 67 Pickup, Seymour Duncan SSL-1 California ‘50s Strat Single-Coil Set, Fender Tex-Mex Strat Pickup Set, Pure Vintage ’59 Strat Pickups, PUre Vintage ’65 Strat Pickups, Fender Vintage Noiseless Stratocaster Pickups, Fender Original ’57/’62 Stratocaster Pickups… 

Depending on the type of sound you want to achieve and your personal playing reference (solo or rhythm) you’ll be able to choose a pickup that’s going to be perfect for you. The only thing left is to plug in your Strat into a Fender Twin Reverb and to start rocking. 

 

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