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The Mini '57 Twin is a super-cool little jammer with a realistic vintage visual vibe. The genuine tweed-covered wood cab contains built-in distortion...Click To Read More About This Product

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A classic Lilliputian powerhouse perfect for the office or game room!

The Mini '57 Twin is a super-cool little jammer with a realistic vintage visual vibe. The genuine tweed-covered wood cab contains built-in distortion; power, volume, and tone controls; plus one serious watt of power and 2 - 2" speakers. A 9V power adapter jack can be used in place of the 9V battery. Plug into the 1/4" headphone jack to get genuinely cool tone for practicing or even use it as a line out to a power amp or recording gear.

NOTE: Fender headstock not included - requires purchase of Fender Telecaster.

FEATURES
Super-realistic look
One watt
2 - 2" speakers
Tweed-covered wood cab
Built-in distortion
Power, volume, and tone controls
9V power adapter jack
1/4" headphone jack

The Fender '57 Twin Mini Amp: '50s tweed for your desktop with huge tone (OK maybe not "huge"). It rules! Order now.

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Fender'57 Mini Twin Amp
 
4.3

(based on 68 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (40)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (19)
  • Easy to use (17)
  • Excellent sound (11)
  • Warm / comfy (10)
  • Good power output (4)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (4)
  • Limited functions (3)
  • Weak (3)

Best Uses

  • Practice (5)
  • Amateur recording (3)
  • Home studio (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (18), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fender 57 Mini Twin Amp

I been using this amp for a month. The best part is, I am playing more! I am taking this thing everywhere! I read the reviews here first, and decided to go...Read complete review

I been using this amp for a month. The best part is, I am playing more! I am taking this thing everywhere! I read the reviews here first, and decided to go ahead and and get the Fender Mini Twin. The tone from the really small speakers is usable. As others have stated, not a lot of volume on clean tone, however, just cracking open the overdrive, boost the volume, and sounds good and pretty clean to me. I found the 9V battery is fairly short lived, maybe 6 hours before the sound degrades badly through the speakers. With headphones, the sound is very good, and seems to have longer battery time. Headphones have plenty of volume, very good tone adjustment, much better then the speakers put out, cant expect much from 2-2" speakers. I would suggest obtaining an AC adapter to use when possible. I like to use this little amp when working on vocals, has the right volume for that, and not bothering others in the house. I took the time to write this, because I think its a useful tool, and, well, a pretty neat toy.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

stay away

I called to purchase a Roland battery operated Cube. The operator at Musicians Friend talked me into this amp instead. Shame on me for not researching this unit more thoroughly. Volume is almost...Read complete review

I called to purchase a Roland battery operated Cube. The operator at Musicians Friend talked me into this amp instead. Shame on me for not researching this unit more thoroughly. Volume is almost nonexistent with distortion turned to 0. I don't want any distortion, so this amp is not for me. Also, there is still some distortion with 'drive' turned down all the way. Lousy sound. Lousy volume. I now own the Roland that I had originally wanted to purchase.

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(9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

'57 mini twin

By gut stringer

from new orleans

Comments about Fender '57 Mini Twin Amp:

Have a Dean Markley pickup stuck to my concert ukulele and it is the funniest thing you ever heard. Turn the overdrive up a little and I sound like a hard rocker with a stuffy nose. Recommend this amp to any Uke player with a pickup, especially if you have Aquilla real gut strings(no cat). You will get great sound. I DO NOT RECOMMEND THE MARKLEY "STICK-ON" PICKUP. Doesn't stick well and the cable is too sensitive. Touch it and you will hear it through the amp at any volume setting. I also do not recommend taking the amp apart. I did this to check out the quality and was very impressed with a Chinese built mini amp. Looks like it was hand built in USA and should cost at least $150. I own the Danelectric mini amp and there is no comparison with the quality. Don't get me wrong the Danelectric does sound good, did not take it apart but I didn't have to. The Fender took longer to get back together than it did taking it apart. All wood, chrome steel, real vintage fabric, leather handle, real nice circuit board design, very good soldering, and actually has two speakers. Thought I was going to see crap when opening it up.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fender 57 Mini Twin Amp

By DB Cooper

from pacific nothweast

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Comments about Fender '57 Mini Twin Amp:

I been using this amp for a month. The best part is, I am playing more! I am taking this thing everywhere! I read the reviews here first, and decided to go ahead and and get the Fender Mini Twin. The tone from the really small speakers is usable. As others have stated, not a lot of volume on clean tone, however, just cracking open the overdrive, boost the volume, and sounds good and pretty clean to me. I found the 9V battery is fairly short lived, maybe 6 hours before the sound degrades badly through the speakers. With headphones, the sound is very good, and seems to have longer battery time. Headphones have plenty of volume, very good tone adjustment, much better then the speakers put out, cant expect much from 2-2" speakers. I would suggest obtaining an AC adapter to use when possible. I like to use this little amp when working on vocals, has the right volume for that, and not bothering others in the house. I took the time to write this, because I think its a useful tool, and, well, a pretty neat toy.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Marvelous!

By Fritz

from Maryland

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Comments about Fender '57 Mini Twin Amp:

I ended up buying two of these amplifier because I was so impressed with the sound and portability. It obviously does not have the sound or power of a standard Fender Twin Reverb, but it does provide very satisfactory sound by itself, and even better with a touch of reverb added. It's also fantastic using headphones for private practice.
I wanted some portable amplification and decided to try the Mini Twin-Amp. I was not expecting too much from it, but was shocked at how good it actually sounds with only two little speakers in it! I plug my guitar into a Boss '63 Fender Reverb pedal and then into this little amp and am amazed at just how good it sounds. It's a fantastic little amplifier! I liked it so much that I ordered another one! It performs well with single coil or humbuckers.
It's well made and user friendly. It's made like a regular Fender amp, just many times smaller and lighter....and 100% portable! The quality of the sound is surprisingly good!

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

What fun

By JAY FORD

from Rawlins, Wy.

Comments about Fender '57 Mini Twin Amp:

The first Fender Mini Twin shipped had a defective power switch, but after a painless exchange I recieved a working unit. A totally random setting yielded a dead on "What's the Frequency Kenneth" overdrive buzz. Getting clean Buck Owens Tele tone took a little experimentation. It wouldn't be fair to compare this amp to our better, larger tube amps, but if taken in proper perspective of an amp with 2" speakers its worth every cent I paid. Its a great deal for a motel life style or just the fun of playing at low levels. I've had enough fun with the Mini Twin to consider starting a collection of mini amps.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

'57 Mini Twin

By Owen H Olson

from Amery

Comments about Fender '57 Mini Twin Amp:

It is great for the size
I like it and I use it when I don't need my big one

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

stay away

By proptor hoc

from new riegel, ohio

About Me Experienced

Pros

    Cons

    • Poor Sound Quality
    • Weak

    Best Uses

      Comments about Fender '57 Mini Twin Amp:

      I called to purchase a Roland battery operated Cube. The operator at Musicians Friend talked me into this amp instead. Shame on me for not researching this unit more thoroughly. Volume is almost nonexistent with distortion turned to 0. I don't want any distortion, so this amp is not for me. Also, there is still some distortion with 'drive' turned down all the way. Lousy sound. Lousy volume. I now own the Roland that I had originally wanted to purchase.

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Fender Mini Amp

      By Donald Johnson

      from Illinois

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Fender '57 Mini Twin Amp:

      Great little practice amp
      This is exactly what I was looking for. Nice clean tone. I wish it would have come with an AC adapter. The 9V last about 6 hours as stated in one of the previous reviews. You would think for the price they could throw on in.
      Very well made. Enough said.
      Like I stated earlier, it should come with the AC adapter.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Solid State 1W 2x2

      By Duane Kramer

      from The West

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Portable

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Fender '57 Mini Twin Amp:

          What were the "sounds horrible" negative reviewers expecting for this price? This thing sounds exactly like what it is: a battery powered, one watt solid-state Fender amplifier with two 2" speakers. That said, it works great. Sure, the distortion itself is little more than bad fuzz, but, if you turn the 'tone' knob all the way down, it cuts the harshness and this thing almost sounds like an amp! And it gets louder than you expect! Quiet clean sounds with the master volume all the way up, and distortion on 0, are certainly decent for what it is, and rather enjoyable. But there's no headroom, so turn your guitar's volume down a bit to stay clean. And don't bother trying to dial in "light" distortion; any light breakup mixed with clean tone just sounds like harsh clipping. Full distortion is basically fuzz, but like I said, with the 'tone' on zero it's a halfway decent, smooth-ish fuzz! Fun, cheap, good for display, and a real leather carrying handle on real tweed cab! Nice!

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Good n Nasty

          By Jimi

          from Prescott AZ

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          Comments about Fender '57 Mini Twin Amp:

          I like the look, tweed old school knobs. It is plenty loud and it puts out that good tradtional Fender tube sound. No statics or popping electronics. Good solid build.
          Good little amp with clean to nasty in a good little unit. Got plenty of volume.
          Seems solid in construction
          OK, ALL these little amps seem a bit over priced. I mean for about 50 more bucks, you can plug into a real A/C amp...but taking the fact they all seem high priced, this is a good value for the money.

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Mini 57 Fender Amp

          By Planegreen cat

          from South Carolina

          Comments about Fender '57 Mini Twin Amp:

          Great sound from a small base , neat looking in the old style and very good quality.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          57 Mini Twin Amp

          By CRAIG JOHNSON

          from California

          Comments about Fender '57 Mini Twin Amp:

          I needed a small amp to practice in my den, that would not disturb anyone else. Some of the time, I am using the guitar and amp to practice along with my gutiarjamz instructional DVD's. Overall this a great and useful piece of equipment.
          Great features for a small amp.
          Unbelievable quality for a small amp.
          Great amp at a great price.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Rad little amp.

          By Stratamonster

          from California

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Portable
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Hobby
            • Home Studio
            • Practice

            Comments about Fender '57 Mini Twin Amp:

            I bought two of these little guys for my sons. Being a gearhead, I naturally had to check it out as soon as they arrived. I am partial to Fender, I have an American Strat and a Twin Reverb, but all of that aside--cool little amps. They are a little (just a little) weak clean, but you can dial up some pretty warm, sustained tones by meddling with the tone and distortion knobs. I feel cheated, this little amp sounds WAY better than my awful 8" Crate practice amp that I had as a kid and it's tiny. They did a great job and easily could have charged twice as much for it. A great little amp for beginners (I'm talking to you parents) because it sounds good, it doesn't get obnoxiously loud, and it's inexpensive. I may get one for myself actually...

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great little amp

            By Reeder

            from Portland OR

            About Me Experienced

            See all my reviews

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Portable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Portability
              • Practice

              Comments about Fender '57 Mini Twin Amp:

              Sweet little amp for almost no money! Perfect for practice and you can throw it in your suitcase.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Very cool little amp

              By Mountain Man

              from Vermont

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Portable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Fender '57 Mini Twin Amp:

                  Love the look of this little guy. Sound is just OK, but wasn't expecting much from a tiny 1W amp that runs off a 9-volt. I also have a Marshall Micro, and think this sounds slightly better. Build quality impressive for such a small and cheap amp. Bottom line: Won't make you sell off your other amps, but it's cool and fun.

                  (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Not DIY repair

                  By 2-tone AC15

                  from IL

                  About Me Experienced

                  Comments about Fender '57 Mini Twin Amp:

                  If you receive one of these and there is a rattle, do not attempt to repair yourself. This is an "assemble as you build" unit; it cannot be repaired (as many of the other mini's can be). The speakers are held in place by small screws that easily strip out, and will not survive USPS. Very disappointing, as it is such a cool looking amp otherwise.

                  (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  Save your money

                  By el Diablo

                  from Dallas, TX

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Portable

                  Cons

                  • Poor Sound Quality
                  • Weak

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Fender '57 Mini Twin Amp:

                    This is simply little more than a toy that has a cool look about it. Save your money and move up to something tolerable.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    NICE COUCH JAMMER

                    By doggie

                    from Tucson, AZ

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Warmth

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Fender '57 Mini Twin Amp:

                        Nice couch jammer with TV soundtracks or adding some crunch to an acoustic jam with some buds on the back porch...

                        (1 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        1.0

                        does not work

                        By Wizardsound

                        from Southern Va.

                        About Me Professional Musician

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                        Pros

                          Cons

                          • Doesn~'~~t Work

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Fender '57 Mini Twin Amp:

                            First time in about 40 years I've bought a Fender product and it doesn't work .

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Get one now

                            By JT-V_3AJ

                            from Sycamore

                            See all my reviews

                            Comments about Fender '57 Mini Twin Amp:

                            This thing is so cool. The tweed covering is just like the full sized Fenders. Also, the cabinet is real plywood, and heavy enough not to fall over from the cord pulling on it. The sound is not very loud out of a small room though. The gain gives a nice rich crunch, but the clean is a little too quiet. Turning the volume up much causes distortion. The battery lasts a long time. With headphones the sound is great and it will fit in your gig bag!(or Christmas stocking)

                            (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            great mini amp

                            By Anonymous

                            from Undisclosed

                            Comments about Fender '57 Mini Twin Amp:

                            i wanted a small amp to mess with and this is it i find i can get tone like srv and clapton i say get it its worth it to get it ive had it a year and im happy to end good tone good overdrive good volume have fun playing.

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