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Fender '57 Twin-Amp Combo Guitar Amplifier  

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    This gorgeous all-tube combo amp is completely hand-wired using premium components.

    The Fender '57 Twin Combo Amp effectively reproduces the 1955-1957 amplifier's low-powered 5E8A circuit, which produces 40W into a pair of 12" Alnico-magnet speakers. Its harmonically rich, clean tones are great for authentic rock, blues, and country playing. When cranked up, the Twin-Amp's fat, sophisticated distortion tone works wonderfully in many modern musical situations.

    The Fender '57 Twin-Amp gets its power from a pair of USA-made GT6L6-GE output tubes. The power supply includes Fender's rarely seen '50s dual rectifier arrangement that uses 2 - 5U4 rectifier tubes. With this design, power amp compression, or sag, is more subtle than it is in many Fender Tweed designs. The preamp contains 4 high-gain 12AX7 tubes, 3 of which may be substituted with 12AY7s for the original '50s low-gain sound, if desired. There's also an internal bias pot that allows easy substitution of various 6L6 tube types.

    Control panel details include Normal and Bright volumes, 4 Inputs (2 Normal, 2 Bright), Treble, Bass, and Presence knobs.

    The Fender '57 Twin combo's finger-joined solid pine cabinet resonates with a warm, woody tone. The '57 Twin amp is covered in genuine lacquered tweed, and a vintage brown/gold grille cloth and leather strap handle complete a very vintage package. Fender includes a fitted cover with the '57 Twin-Amp.

    Features
    • '55-'57 5E8A circuit design
    • Hand-wired chassis
    • 40W tube power
    • 2 - 12" Special Design Ted Weber/Eminence Alnico magnet speakers
    • Solid finger-jointed pine cabinet
    • Genuine lacquered tweed
    • Striped oxblood grille cloth
    • Leather strap handle
    • Controls: Presence, Bass, Treble, Volume (Bright Channel), Volume (Normal Channel)
    • Dual channels (Normal and Bright)
    • Chrome control panel
    • 4 inputs (2 per channel)
    • Standby switch
    • Internal bias pot
    • Dual rectifiers
    • 4 x 12AX7 (preamp)
    • 2 x GT6L6-GE (power section)

    You've never had anything this cool with this much righteous tone. Get out the card and order today.

     

    '57 Twin-Amp Combo Guitar Amplifier Specifications:

    • 25"W x 21"H x 10-1/2"D
    • 44 lbs.
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    4.8

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    What A Great Amplifier

    I decided to buy the '57 Fender Twin tweed amp after reading about it in a Fender catalog and then trying one out at a local music store. The tone on this amp is...Read complete review

    I decided to buy the '57 Fender Twin tweed amp after reading about it in a Fender catalog and then trying one out at a local music store. The tone on this amp is exceptional. Subtle changes in Treble and Bass control settings results in actual changes in tone. Example: You don't have to go from 2, to say 6 on the treble setting to actually hear a difference in the amp. The fact that it doesn't have a Midrange tone knob doesn't matter. You can still elicit a wide range of tones with just the Bass/Treble knobs. I find that the bright channel gives you some very nice glassy highs, whereas, the normal channel rolls some of these out of the mix. This isn't a bad thing. Depending on where I'm playing, I now have the luxury of this feature. I've been using this amp at the gigs I play and it may have only 40 watts, but it can hang with any level of sound. It has a lot of headroom and breaks up nicely at about 6-7 on the volume setting. I gave it a 9 on quality because the first few times I used it, I noticed a sudden increase in volume and the amp would distort when this happened. After careful inspection of the hand-wired circuitry, I noticed a capacitor for the Treble control had not been soldered to the pot. Easy fix, but you really wouldn't expect something like that coming from the Fender Custom Shop. Oh well, I guess we're all human. I'm just glad to have it and look forward to many more hours of tone!

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    Coulda Shoulda Woulda

    I tried it out, too much amp power for a harp blower. So I put Weber Alnicos in my RI Fender Bassman, Swapped out the solid state rectifier for a tube rectifier, and...Read complete review

    I tried it out, too much amp power for a harp blower. So I put Weber Alnicos in my RI Fender Bassman, Swapped out the solid state rectifier for a tube rectifier, and put in lower powered tubes. Then I put a coat of laquer on the tweed, to roadhouse proof it. Oh yeah, and built a harp mic using an Astatic body, with a old Shure insides, and volume control. If you aint got tone, you might as well go home!!

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    5.0

    Beauty

    I borrowed this amp from a buddy for a gig - He's letting me hang on to it for a week. Hands down best fender amp on the market today in my opinion. I usually expect with amps from large companies theres always room for improvement whether it be transformers, speakers, caps, etc. I have to say this amp sounds BEAUTIFUL. Speaker tone is excellent, amp is excellent. My only gripe with this amp is that I find the handle to be uncomfortable especially when hauling the amp around throughout the gig hall. But hey - its probably identical to the vintage. Not a big deal especially when the tone is this good. If you've got the money, and you need a dynamic amp with complex cleans into smooth almost marshall plexi like break up then this is your amp. Highly recommended!

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    5.0

    Beautiful....

    This is the best amp Fender make these days. Ive had vibrolux, Blues Junior, Several Deluxes, Hot Rods, etc.Nothing come close to this amp!! I plug in my EJ Strat into the bright channel and theres Leo talking to me!!Vintage sound in your hands of course for a BIG pile of money, but Does it worth every penny?? HELL YEAHHH!!! If u are a serious Musician looking for the most pure Fender tone buy this thing right away!! You wont be sorry!!

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    5.0

    Reverb Needed For 57Twin

    By Geo-uNEGI

    from Detroit

    I am not a purist at all but there is somthing about a hand wired amp that sets them aside from the others, besides than the high price. I have had amplifiers made for me but they sound nothing like the 57 Twin.The Twin is cool but once you add a good reverb pedal[if you just use it at home] there is a transformation that is over the topMine is a 2004, I think first year for the reissuegot it way cheaper than currant cost. If you are into blues and clasic rock, go play a Strat or a guitar with mini Humbuckers thru this amp and then add reverb and see for your self

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    (1 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    LEARN TO SOLDER

    By Popeye007

    from South

    If you can solder and read a simple schematic, you can buy kits to build these same amps for a 1/4 the cost and they sound waaay better, dont get me wrong, this amps sounds FAAAANTASTIC, but why spend so much for a name when , with a little effort and time, you can build it for way less and pick and choose the best parts to go in it, Im just saying, think about it.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The Ultimate in Vintage Tweed Tone

    Bottom line - I've been playing professionally for over 40 years and this 57 Twin RI is the sweetest sounding amp I've ever owned. Perfect touch sensitivity and rich 3D sound with my strats. The twin Weber 12's sound fabulous, especially after a little break in time. Richer, deeper bass than smaller tweed combos. Takes pedals well, but that's not how I use it. Like most old Fender circuits, the 57 Twin's 5E8a sounds best with the amp volume cranked up, and the guitar plugged straight in. Beautiful rich distortion but very musical. All the frequencies are there. Control the amount of gain and distortion with the volume on the guitar. It's loud used this way for a small club, but a good attenuator solves that. Factory bias is too cold, re-bias and try substituting 12ay7's for the first three 12ax7's. Blissful sound!

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    5.0

    Best Buy in YEARS

    By Leadguitar13-ALUuu

    from Undisclosed

    A couple months ago I got a Custom Fender Strat and was looking for a amp that's loud, clean, crisp, and sounds great with overdrive. This '57 Combo blew my mind away after I plugged in. IT has an amazing bass-range section, with a classic "blues-y" feel perfect for Clapton, SRV, and the Who covers. I could not be happier with this amp, and I suggest you go to the nearest fender retailer and try it out.

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    5.0

    The True Soul of Tone, At Last

    I own a Fender Custom Shop Strat, and I have been looking for an amp to get the most out of it for a few months. I quickly focused on Fender amps and researched and then played every one I could find at multiple music stores. Many great options (Bassman, Twin Reverb, Supersonc, Hot Rod Deville), but nobody had the 57 Twin for demo. Yesterday I walked into a small dealer and that was the only Fender in the shop. I grabbed a Custom Shop Strat off the wall and plugged in - 45 minutes later they were turning the lights off and politely asking me if I was finished. If they would have let me stay I would still be there today. Playing through that amp was the most soulful, enjoyable and satisfying experience I have ever had with my clothes on.There is little point in trying to explain how this amp sounds or what makes it so fantastic. You MUST play this amp before buying anything. Either find one to demo or order one that you can return if you are not happy (not that you ever will, but for peace of mind). It is a lot of money but some things you just cannot put a price on - playing a Fender Custom Shop Strat through a 57 Twin Reissue is one of them.

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    5.0

    Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck can't be wrong!

    By Ryan-vaOZ6

    from Los Angeles

    I have used this amp on several occasions, the control layout is simple, lacking a midrange control, but the set amount is fine. The tone is superb. Distorted it is incredible (and loud!) and the clean is crisp, and dynamic. Do youourself a favor and go out to your nearest Fender dealer and try one out. You won't regret it.

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    5.0

    King of Fender Amps

    By JT57

    from Charleston, SC

    This is one amp that stands front and center from any other I've played, bar none. I did change out the 12AX7 preamp tubes for 12AY7. It was too powerful for my taste at first but after the swap the amp provides a great clean Fender sound and breaks down at just the right level. I thougt not having reverb would be a problem but the presence of this "hand wired" masterpiece doesn't need electronic reverb to get that great sound. My 4.5 on Features was because there aren't really much in the area of Features, but then it's pure esoteric. What else can you ask for. Expensive but then most things in life are...

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    5.0

    My best amp

    By Hal-GS-WA

    from Minneapolis, MN

    This is not only the best amp I own, it's the best amp I've ever owned. I still have a number of sought after vintage amps, but this one blows them all out of the water right out of the box. Small changes in treble and bass controls make huge differences in the overall sound of this amp. It's almost like they control way more than just tone. Almost like modeling. I have made this amp sound GREAT for blues. I even had it sounding exactly like some of the early Buddy Holly sounds of the 50's and even early Eagles. I can't say enough good things about this amp. Yes, it's pricey but worth every penny. This amp is an investment in great sound. You might be wondering how I could rate an amp without vibrato, reverb, distortion, etc. a 10 on Features. Here's why. For years, I have been relying on effects pedals to get the sounds I have been looking for. Effects pedals lead to sloppy playing techniques (at least in my case). Once I plugged into this amp and spent some time playing with the controls, I got the sounds I was looking for over the years (with no pedals - except my tuner). If you get a chance to try this amp, try it with no pedals. Hope you'll be as impressed as I am.

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