Perfect Reissue of the Classic
The Fender '65 Twin Reverb Reissue is a nearly 100% copy of the original "must-have" amplifier for working guitarists. Featuring both reverb and vibrato, this two-channel amplifier has been used on thousands of recordings and countless live performances since the mid-1950s. Fender's ‘65 Twin Reverb Reissue is a faithful reproduction of an original 1965 Twin Reverb model AB 763. Every effort has been made to keep the circuitry exactly like the original, however for improved reliability and manufacturing efficiency, a printed circuit board for the components is used in place of the original phenolic parts panel.
The all-tube amplifier provides the warm, fat tones for which Fender tube amps are renowned. The blackface 85-watt vintage reissue comes with four 6L6 Groove Tube™ output tubes, four 12AX7 preamp tubes, two 12AT7 preamp tubes, two 12” 8-ohm Jensen® C-12K speakers, dual channels (normal and vibrato), Fender reverb, vibrato, two-button reverb and vibrato on-off footswitch, tilt-back legs, black textured vinyl covering and silver grille cloth. The normal channel generates clean, clear tone, as well as the classic over-driven tube sound heard in so many classic rock recordings of the 60s and 70s. The vibrato channel includes rich, spring reverb and classic vibrato effects, with speed and intensity controls. The vibrato channel also provides more treble boost than the normal channel.
At nearly 65 pounds, this is not an amp that you will want to tote around for practice (and you'll want to add casters). But when you're on stage, the tone and power of this amplifier can really be appreciated. I have used other amps that provide a tube preamp feeding a solid state power amplifier that claim to emulate a "2x12 blackface" amp, but there's nothing like the real thing when you want an authentic classic rock or blues sound. I use my Twin Reverb with a variety of Strats and a Mosrite for 50s and 60s rock and blues, and a Casino for Beatles and Byrds, etc. The bass response from the all-wood cabinet is amazing, and when you crank the treble and mid-range controls, it really screams.
I've tried Les Pauls, Rics, and many other guitar models, as well as Marshall, Peavey, and Crate amps. For my money, you just can't beat a Strat and a Twin Reverb as the most versatile combination for playing almost any style of music. Try one out at your local guitar shop, then come back to eBay and buy one at a bargain price. I have bought and sold several Twin Reverbs over the years (always regretting having sold it), and just recently bought another on eBay in 9 out of 10 condition for just over half of the typical retail price. Too good a deal to turn down! Now that I'm actively performing again, I'll keep the '65 Twin Reverb Reissue as my main stage amp for years to come.Read full review