If you play Telecasters, some day you will have to experience a Twin Reverb. Same goes for if you are a Strat guy... Someday you’re going to have to experience a Super Reverb. IMO... The TR does something magical with Tele pups. They kind of "buff or enhance" a telecaster's snap and twang and yet still lets you dial in other tonalities. Few amps can do that convincingly . A growling and snarling bridge pup with the top end of the notes sizzling...immersed in a long delay reverb pan w/ 2x12 speakers .... brings happiness and joy. Flick the pick up selector to the neck... Blues or Jazz all day. Ton of tonal combinations just by working the guitar's controls.
IMO Twin Reverbs sounds great at any volume, that is "If you have a decent one." I have played a few duds. When gigging with a Twin Reverb, I use a beefy luggage carrier, easy portability.
Gigging a Twin Reverb, I never have had to worry about the venue size or sound system. (the band’s or the House’s)
Quite possibly my desert island amp... A near mint Black Faced (AB763) 1975 Silver face (85 watts with a MV) Quiet as a church mouse and loaded with some Eminence Red, White and Blues. (my favorite speakers in a Twin)
My favorite Fender is a blackface Vibrolux Reverb w/stock 10" brown and gold foil label Jensens, but since 99% of the time I play in Hammond Organ bands I use a '66 blackface Twin w/ the same Jensens in a 12" configuration w a '69 Gibson L-5.
Philly! where else? Hammond B-3 Capital of The World
UPDATE: Sorry, I just remembered an important item I had forgot about when I played the friends Twin Reverb back in 2004 after repairing. I remember trying to get him to remove the Celestion V30 speakers he had put in his Twin. Those were the most likely culprit in it's failure to sound like a Twin should. So, disreguard my previous comments.
An early 70's Twin was my main gigging amp for many years. Somewhere along the line I put in a couple of EV-SRO's, for a while I think the amp weighed more than I did, lol. I used an Altair PW-5 power attenuator with that amp. I kept that amp in the trunk of my 77 Monte Carlo for about a year. It was indestructible.
Post by Bbendfender on May 24, 2020 11:59:07 GMT -5
I sold my last Twin REverb about a year ago. It was a 1968 that had never been touched when I got it. Got it from a friend who played it for years and may have bought it new, I'm just not positive. If they weren't so heavy, I'd be playing one at every gig but for now, a Princeton Reverb will do just fine. I know I have owned 7 or 8 TR's over my life. Only one or two weren't as good as the others. My favorite was a '67.
Played several back in the day. I had a '69 with JBLs I bought new that was a total dud. Local tech showed me how the circuit had been changed and offered to convert it back to "the old schematic", a process we'd now call blackfacing. We also decided to try yanking the two center power tubes. It was "WOW!" I plaeyd it that way until '73, when I traded it to the then young, future steel great, Kenny Trantham for his '68 sparkle silver Tele and $100. Kenny played it that way for nearly 30 years until he passed away in the early 2000s. It were a good 'un, just needed some attention.
I have a 91 model BFTRRI that I put in an old pair of vintage Jensen C12N speakers out of an old Wurlitzer organ. Amp sounds amazing. At one time I took the stock Oxfords out of it, because I hated them, and put in a pair of JBL K120's. Incredible clean sounds but didn't take pedals very well. Too buzzy. It was almost uncontrollably loud due to the efficiency of the JBL's. Not to mention the extra 15 or so pounds of weight it added to it. The Jensens fixed all of that. That amp really starts to speak when turned up to about 4. Yup, it's really loud at that setting but it sounds incredible.
Post by avspecialist on Jun 11, 2020 18:37:44 GMT -5
Back in high school (1969/70) our lead guitarist had a 66 twin reverb with square magnet speakers, i’m not sure of the brand that was in there, but it sounded magnificent. I used a 67 Super Reverb back then, I still have it. But I have always lusted for a blackface twin. About 10 years ago, I bought a 74 twin in non working order from Guitar Center for $200.00. Basically I rebuilt it as an AB 763, removed the master volume and modded the normal channel with the tweed/marshal tone stack and upped the plate resistors to 220K. After trying numerous speakers I ended up with reissue Jensen C12N. They are 3dB less efficient than most at 97 dB and the twin is much more manageable, it’s more like a 50 watt amp now. I redid all the blue blob caps with paper in oil caps and this amp is incredibly sweet at all volume levels. I also changed the negative feed back resistor to a higher value and now it is very harmonic. I love this amp now.
Back when the FDR forum was up, I did a deep dive into the Italian Sica Jensen C12N. I found the Sica Jensen C12N was very close in "design" to one of the C12N models Chicago Jensen made (IMO Ted Weber didn't want people knowing that) Having installed them after a few years of Sica rolling them out, AND... BEFORE Internet gear forums became the major way people formed opinions of Music Gear, I found them exceptional in my Twin Reverb and put some serious hours on them over the years.
They are not in my Twin anymore... but sitting on my shelf, Yet... I wouldn't hesitate to put them back in.
Sica Jensen C12n Reissue a Great "Old School" American "thin membrane" paper speaker.
I always get a chuckle on Youtube when I see "Sica Jensen speaker Vs brand XYZ" & How those cheap SICA Jensen "Ice picky speakers" (according to some over at TGP and TDPRI) get the lion's share of thumbs up on Youtube. LOL. Sica Jensen Reissues: Are definitely not fan favorites of the gear snobs (non the less very solid vintage reissues of some classic Chicago Jensens models)
Back in the late 60s, I had both a BF TR and SR. The TR was great, but too loud. I liked that I could get a little hair on the SR up around 6 on the dial. Played with an extra Bandmaster cab with JBLs. LPB, Univox Super Fuzz, and a wah. Glorious.