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bryant
post Feb 13 2014, 06:01 PM
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I have a chance to buy a Fender Twin Reverb Amp circa 1980 with master volume. One knob on the front is cracked and half of it is broken off. I couldn't get the reverb sound to work and some of the times when I'd depress the Reverb footswitch button, there would be a hummimg sound. Moving the ground switch would sometimes cause the hummimg to go away. I could also easily get the humming sound from touching the reverb unit in the bottom of the cabinet.

Can ayone tell me more about this amp and its real value?
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post Feb 13 2014, 06:46 PM
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Exactly which model of Twin and how much? If you can find a picture I can tell you a whole lot.

Sight unseen, I wouldn't pay more than $300 for it and only if you think it sounds real good. *If it's a 'super' Twin? - Stay away!

At their best they are very very clean toned, loud and bright. Super heavy and unfortunately the cabs were cheaply made (they tend to fall apart at the joints). Also the speaker choice for most of those was Jensen oxford or utah spkrs that were IMO just loud, bright and harsh (some guys like them though - depends on how loud you need to play and what style). If you're looking for clean tone at rock concert volume level - this is your amp.
Not the best amps in Fender's history, though they can be modded to sound great - for another few hundred bucks or so.

*The 80's era Fender amps that are desirable are the Twin II, Princeton II, Deluxe II, Concert and 'super' champ. These were redesigned by Paul Rivera (of Rivera amps) in 1982 and 1983.

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post Feb 15 2014, 04:50 AM
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I used one of these for a while back in the early 90's, not sure what year it was made though. I more or less used it as a power amp with a Digitech GSP-21 in front of it. It was loud as hell and cut through the mix very well because of it's brightness and high end, and it really shined on the clean patches that I was occasionally using, crystal clear. Not sure what they are worth but I always was under the impression that they were more popular with the country music guys.
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post Feb 15 2014, 07:50 PM
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Unless you are on friendly terms with a good tech, I would stay away from the 'red knob' series as they're tricky to fix.
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post Feb 15 2014, 09:42 PM
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The early to mid 1980s Fender amps are still relatively easy to fix and mod as there's not much PCB in them yet.
*Red knob era is 87 - 94.

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post Feb 15 2014, 11:53 PM
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QUOTE (klasaine @ Feb 15 2014, 09:42 PM) *
The early to mid 1980s Fender amps are still relatively easy to fix and mod as there's not much PCB in them yet.
*Red knob era is 87 - 94.

A problem with them can be that the push-pull pots aren't made any more, so proper repairs aren't possible when they get bashed.

Apologies, I mis-read the original post and thought this was regarding a red knob Twin.
On re-reading it, I can't see that reference.
Does the amp have a model number reference on the tube chart inside the cabinet?

Alternatively, post a detailed photo of the front and rear control panels.
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post May 7 2014, 03:40 PM
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The Rivera Era Fenders are rad. I'm interested to see whatever happened to this. Did you buy it?

QUOTE (bryant @ Feb 13 2014, 05:01 PM) *
I have a chance to buy a Fender Twin Reverb Amp circa 1980 with master volume. One knob on the front is cracked and half of it is broken off. I couldn't get the reverb sound to work and some of the times when I'd depress the Reverb footswitch button, there would be a hummimg sound. Moving the ground switch would sometimes cause the hummimg to go away. I could also easily get the humming sound from touching the reverb unit in the bottom of the cabinet.

Can ayone tell me more about this amp and its real value?



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