FENDER '65 TWIN REISSUE
'65 TWIN REISSUE
First off, I'm an old (63 yrs.) prog rocker with a stage band background, so assess
my comments accordingly.
The sound is, well, Fender-esq, which translates to 2 main characteristics:
"Clear as a bell", and "blank canvass".
Clear as a bell:
If you're a fan of the classic Fender sound, you've come to the right place.
All of the Fenders I've owned in the past were of the hand wired variety, but
they sound the same. I've checked the schematic (yup, I'm that nerdy) and the
circuits are very similar, sans the boost and overdrive circuits, hence the 85
watts with headroom as opposed to 100 watts without. The power supply is also different. The"normal" channel is a thing of beauty. I just wish it had that gorgeous Fender reverb. With it, that channel is a jazzman's' dream.
This is a tube amp so it does have character of its' own. It does not,
however get in the way of anything you might play through it, and with 85
watts, it's plenty loud. I love the speakers, but that's always a personal
thing. To me, they sound very close to the OEM speakers that were in past
Why a 4.5? The reverb had a runaway condition that Sweetwater very quickly
repaired, all the while staying in touch with me by phone and email. A 12AU7
was substituted for the existing reverb drive tube. The whole process took a
week, including shipping both ways. Sweetwater took good care of me. The only
other nit to pick is the aforementioned "normal channel" configuration.
When I was considering a new amp I asked a buddy of mine who owns a pro audio
company, if you saw 2 guys coming to your venue, one had a Twin and the other
had a stack (I won't name it, but use your imagination) which one would you be
looking forward to working with? I decided on the Fender.