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Fender Eric Clapton Twinolux Reviews

5.0 stars based on 5 customer reviews
  • from Austin February 10, 2015Music Background:
    Old Fart with nice fiddles.

    Fender's best new amp in a long time.

    I did a lot of homework before I bought this amplifier and I was hoping it would not be a let down. It was not. This is the best and highest quality NEW unit Fender has produced in years. The hand wired goodness, best speakers (in 20 years at least, bar none) and the features all add up to an awesome amp.

    The throbbing tremolo works better than any I have ever used. As it is bias based as long as you are hitting notes you don't even know it's on. When you hold one THEN you get the effect. I never really liked tremolo much UNTIL I got this one. It might not be as melodic as say a Victoria Silver Sonic, but it is much more usable to me.

    The attenuation is fantastic. Though 1/4 power is not as much as it mentally sounds like it should be (it is still pretty loud by tube breakup) it makes the amp usable in small clubs to the largest you are likely to hit. There is surprisingly little tone difference between full power and quarter power with 2 speakers. The tone does change when you throttle it back to one speaker, but it still sounds fantastic, just different. And still pretty loud.

    If you want to use this as a bedroom amp get a Mesa CabClone or Two Note Torpedo Live with it and there you go. Otherwise, release the hounds and call the glass company! At least when the bill hits you will have a smile on your face. If you have a decent guitar you owe yourself THIS amp. Period.

  • from Fort Wayne, IN April 10, 2014

    Closest thing to a real Dumbel modified Fender amp!!

    This is by far one of the finest quality amps I have ever had the chance to play. Fender really out did themselves and created a true boutique amplifier. The tone is unreal. Before this came along my choice for a combo amp was either my ToneKing Galaxy or my Two-Rock Jet 50. This amp surpasses them...which is a feat in itself. This is the closest thing you will get to an original an original Howard Dumbel modified Fender amp. Eric Clapton didn't blindly endorse this amplifier, he made sure it was going to be the best amp Fender was going to produce. Now Fender has a production boutique amplifier worthy of King Clapton. If you are wanting that classic Howard Dumbel amp sound and don't feel like dropping over $20k this is a steal for the price and quality. You will not be disappointed.

  • from Sagamore Beach, MA USA October 14, 2012Music Background:
    Hobby player for 30+ years. Occasional gigs.

    Fender Twinolux - worth the money? Yes!

    Yes, 5 stars! And for $3,000.00 it had better be 5 stars or it was going back.

    I originally ordered the Tremolux, but they were out of stock and I decided to go whole hog and get the Holy Grail of the EC signature amp line. I did so because I wanted a little more control over the sound and vibrato, which the Twinolux offers in the form of a "treble", "bass" and "presence" knob whereas the Tremolux offers just a "tone" knob. Also, the Tremolux only offers control of the tremelo's speed, whereas the Twinolux also offers a "depth" knob to control the magnitude of the tremelo effect.

    I had questions that I wished I could find answers to prior to purchase that I'll take the time to answer here. "How much power does the attenuator actually cut?" According to the manual it cuts overall speaker volume to 1/4th of full power. Or about 25% of its full-on sound. Does it work this way? Thankfully it does. It miraculously still maintains the amp's tonal characteristics. It's still fairly loud as a practice amp at this position. The third attenuator selection keeps the output the same, but shuts one speaker off. The drop in volume isn't as drastic as the drop from full-on to position 2. But it is quieter. The drawback here is the amp does lose some of it's personality when cut down to one speaker. Most notably the low end. However, if you're considering the Twinolux you're probably not too concerned with cutting it down to one speaker and 25% volume. So to be clear, all 3 positions of the attenuator are extremely useful. It's not just a gimmick,

    Secondly, I like a little reverb. I have played for over 25 years and about 20 of those years my only effect has been reverb. So I was dreading having to buy a reverb product for a 3,000.00 amp. Other reviews online said you won't need it. Well - they're right. The amp is so warm and glassy that you don't need the reverb at all.

    Build quality? Bar none. Amp could not be built any better than it is. Looks amazing, can go into a living room and look like vintage art. My amp came with those ridiculous rubber booties on the on/off and standby switches. These are not shown in pictures of this amp. They are a safety thing, but they can be removed fairly easily.

    Amp is not good for your back. It's heavy at 53 pounds. But if weight was your concern you probably should be looking at the Tremolux.

    I play a 2005 Custom Shop Telecaster through it. Has a Duncan 59 Humbucker in the neck and a NoCaster pickup in the bridge. This amp makes love to the guitar in beautiful ways. Everything is perfect. The amp is very sensitive you how you play. Play with a hard pick (I use a 2.75mm V pick) and you can tell. Switch to finger picking and the sound is different again. The amp is very faithful to your style...like it or not. :)

    The overdrive you ask? Hoochi-mama! With my tele this thing screams like Hendrix, SRV, Jack White, and like. Sunshine of Your Love is effortless. Add a compressor to the signal and you get BB King tones.

    Which leads me to another question I had. How does the amp handle effects? LIke it was designed for it. Again, I'm not an effects maven. I like a little OD once in a while, and reverb. But I plugged a Boss HM pedal into this, as well as a Route 66 and it was perfect. Amp took the pedals and gave me everything I wanted and nothing I didn't.

    Oh and the "custom amp cover" it's really just a dust cover made of brown nylon. No logo or anything. But it's better than nothing.

    The vibrato, which is not an effect I have dabbled with often in the past, is a lot of fun. There is a very "vintage" sound to playing with the vibrato. It evokes all kinds of surf and early blues (Peter Green). I have a lot of fun playing Link Wray's tune with it.

    So in conclusion, do you have to be nuts to spend 3,000.00 on this amp? Well...at 3,000.00 you can pretty much buy any sort of modern amp you want. There are beautiful Mesas and Oranges out there for less money that offer FAR more in the way of versatility via onboard effects. In fact, it's a bit hard to justify spending $3,000.00 on any amp unless you make a living with it.

    That being said, it IS a Fender. Most people think of Fender and immediately conjure up images of beautiful strats, teles, and the other landmarks along the way. However, anyone who has more than a casual knowledge of vintage amps knows that Fender was just as prolific and important with their early amplifiers. Fender's name amongst the famous players in the world extend well beyond the realm of guitars and delve deeply into amplifiers.

    This Fender twin mongrel mutt is actually the culmination of all things great about Fender amplifiers. This amp seems very straightforward, on/off and crank it to fuzz. But you have to think of it more like another instrument, not just a way to make a guitar sound loud. Vintage styled amps are extremely versatile, you just need to play with them. There is no knob for overdrive because you need to turn the amp/tubes up to get it. Below breakup this has a BEAUTIFUL, warm clean sound. Push it and it's a tube-driven OD. Much moreso than a gadet-laden modern amp, this amp needs your touch to make it sing. It can do many, many things...it just requires a bit of knowledge.

  • from Cleveland, Ohio January 1, 2012Music Background:
    Hobbysit 40 years playing guitar

    Hugest quality and tone

    Impeccable quality. The tone is amazing from being able to get a warm tube distortion at low volumes to great sound at stage volumes. Dial in a clean sound then hit the front end with a tube screamer and you can get that woman sound if you roll off the tone on your humbuckers. Great Versatel amp for the classic rocker

  • from New England March 20, 2014Music Background:
    Gigger, recording, etc.

    Very good amp! Worth the money? I think so considering it's handwired. Attenuation features are also top notch

    On the Sweetwater scale, a four-star rating equates to the buyer thinking the product is "great." I would definitely state that my opinion of this amp meets such a rating. I received my EC Twinolux from Sweetwater almost a week ago. First off -- it's not a master volume amp. This means, getting that tube warmth at lower volumes will be difficult to achieve. The attenuators help, but they really aren't meant for low volume playing. They are meant to give players easier crunch tones for small gigs. For bigger gigs, needing more headroom, the full forty-watts mode would be a player's best bet.

    This amp is not very modern sounding. It goes without saying, but many people don't realize what older-style amps sound like. They are less bassy and less low-end rich than their modern counterparts. The gain on this amp is amazing. Crank the treble, bass, and volume, and watch out! Very gainy sounding amp, with natural crunch tones that are reminiscent of a lot of classic music. In my opinion, such tones are actually a lot better sounding for modern music than a Mesa. There's more articulation and more punch with older circuits (and the natural distortion/overdrive that occurs when players CRANK their amps.

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