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Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Twin Reverb Guitar Combo Amp   

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The Fender '65 Twin Reverb Amp is an authentic all-tube reproduction of the original classic! It has earned a reputation of being one of the cleanest...Read More

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Crank up the 'verb and get swept away in the classic Fender tone.

The Fender '65 Twin Reverb Amp is an authentic all-tube reproduction of the original classic! It has earned a reputation of being one of the cleanest tube amps ever, but it delivers a taste of the trademark Fender crunch when cranked up high. Delivers 85W through two Jensen 12" speakers. It has two channels, tube vibrato, tube spring reverb, tilt-back legs and Blackface cosmetics. Includes two-button footswitch to control reverb and vibrato effects. Order the optional Fender amp cover to protect your investment (see accessory box on this page).

Designed to sound as close to the original as possible, the ˜65 Reissues are assembled in Corona, California and feature Jensen speakers (One C12K for the Deluxe and two C12Ks for the Twin, four P10Rs for the Super and one C10R for the Princeton), Schumacher transformers, traditional tremolo and tube-driven reverb to create that classic, "Blackface" sound so many players desire. They do have PCBs (Printed Curcuit Boards), as opposed to the original's "hand-wired" circuitry, but the components (capacitors and resistors) are the same values as amps from that period. They also have hand-wired tube sockets and other parts for added strength.

Tonal Characteristics: Bright, scooped midrange that is known as the "Blackface" sound, pronounced "Wine Glass" highs from the Jensen speakers and a slightly more polite power amp for crystal cleans that can also be cranked for great overdriven tones.
Who's it for: Players that love the original versions but are priced out of owning vintage amps, blues players, country players, rock players, guitarists trying to get classic "Blackface" sounds (a la Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, John Mayer), American-made amp enthusiasts, traditionalists, avid Fender collectors.

FEATURES
  • Made in USA
  • Original all-tube circuitry
  • 85 watts
  • 2 Jensen 12" speakers
  • 2 channels
  • Tube vibrato
  • Tube spring reverb
  • 2-button footswitch
  • Blackface cosmetics

You don't have to wait any longer for genuine Twin tube sound. Make your move today.

SPECIFICATIONS

Vintage Reissue '65 Twin Reverb Guitar Combo Amp

  • 26-1/2"W x 20"H x 10-1/2"D
    64 lbs.
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FenderVintage Reissue '65 Twin Reverb Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.8

(based on 162 reviews)

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (21)
  • Easy to use (18)
  • Warm / comfy (18)
  • Good power output (17)
  • Portable (5)

Cons

No Cons

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  • Performances (20)
  • Outdoor events / games (18)
  • Professional recording (14)
  • Home studio (13)
  • Amateur recording (9)
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One Serious "Clean Machine"

-- I've been a performing guitarist for almost half-a-century and have owned and played many classic amps in that time, from a Marshall Super Lead 100 stack, to a Peavey Delta Blues, those...Read complete review

-- I've been a performing guitarist for almost half-a-century and have owned and played many classic amps in that time, from a Marshall Super Lead 100 stack, to a Peavey Delta Blues, those olded padded Kustom "piggy back" amps, and a bunch of great Fender amps including an original Bandmaster, a 4x10 Bassman combo, 100-watt "silver face" Twins and a Vintage Series Deluxe Reverb Reissue. This Vintage '65 Twin Reverb Reissue is "The One" I've been looking for all this time. I'm just sorry I waited so long to take the plunge.

-- Okay, I'm old school and play mainly blues, garage-band-style rockers from the '50s, '60s and '70s, and originals, mixed with a bit of this and that (country, jazz, folk rock, etc.). I don't do heavy metal, thrash, punk or head banging stuff. I WON'T say this Twin isn't suited for the stuff I don't play, because I think it could be adapted for it. However, it would need some effects pedals to achieve those sounds.

-- But if pure, maximum "clean" is what you are after, this is your amp. eriod. None does it better. It's not cheap, but you do get what you pay for, especially with this amp. You get tube-driven/tank reverb and tube-driven tremolo. No wimpy digital reverb, but the real deal. The controls are as basic as you can get (treble, middle, bass plus basic controls for the reverb and tremolo), but they are sensitive. A little adjustment up or down makes a huge difference. The amp itself is also touch-sensitive to the dynamics of your playing. Many amps are, but the Twin does it best (at least among those I've owned and played).

-- One big thing I love about this amp is its tonal balance. Every note, from the lowest low to the highest high, ring out with clarity that makes your playing stand out in the mix. On the downside, you can't hide your mistakes. An amp like this will make you a better player out of necessity. I HATE a "farty" amp -- one where it mushes out when you wail on the bass strings/notes. The Twin stays tight and focused, no mater how hard or loud you hit those strings.

-- For a long time, I was a basic guitar-to-amp player who refused to use effects. I still am and do, but I do now use a couple of simple pedals, although two of them -- a Boss tuner and Boss EQ pedal -- are not really "effects". A Boss tremolo pedal is coming off my board (don't need it with the lush tremolo this amp has built in). I'm replacing a stereo chorus echo with a delay shortly. That leaves a TS9 Tubescreamer for the "dirt" I sometimes want in a solo or old Ted Nugent tune. The bottom line is that the '65 Twin RI LOVES effects, if that's your thing. Even if it's not, you will need some sort of overdrive or distortion effect to get those overdriven sounds. This amp just won't break-up naturally unless, perhaps, you push it to "10" ... and even then I'm not so sure.

-- One final note: I used this at stage volume during a practice with my band the other night. I have ALWAYS had to tweak things tonally with the EQ pedal, especially with a Strat (which is what I used the other night), but also with a Les Paul and a Carvin guitar I have. But at our poractice this week, I NEVER kicked on the Boss EQ pedal with that Strat. Didn't need it. The Strat sounded full, and rich and deep straight through the amp, with no EQ needed from the pedal. That to me speaks volumes about how good this amp sounds.

-- the '65 Twin RI is solid and, yes, a very heavy 64 pounds. I have a collapsable dolly I picked up cheap some time ago at a major hardweare chain store. I can't recommend something like that strongly enough if you get this amp. It will save your back. The amp does not come with a cover (must be ordered separately), but does come with a footswitch.

-- In summary, I should have bought one of these a lot sooner. I would have saved some serious dinero on the other stuff that has come and gone looking for what the Twin nails so perfectly (at least for my style of playing and the music I play).

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A true Icon

Smooth warm clean sounds at high volume. Will showcase the true sound of any guitar, and is perfect for a clean slate platform to add pedal FX. Use it as my main amp...Read complete review

Smooth warm clean sounds at high volume. Will showcase the true sound of any guitar, and is perfect for a clean slate platform to add pedal FX. Use it as my main amp for all styles. Just add an Overdrive, Wah, Chorus, Delay, Compressor, and you can pretty much play anything.
The essence of the amp is not really its loaded features, but it has everything I needed. 3 band EQ, Reverb, and a usable Vibrato that is more like Tremolo. Tubes, and loud as heck.

Gave an 8 because it doesn't have an overdrive channel. Though, not a big deal, would save room on my pedal board. Also no built in FX, and a Bright switch that I don't think is necessary. Also, they could have put some wheels on this thing. It is the heaviest amp I've had to drag around. Definitely could use some casters.

Again, this amp is not about features like a Line 6, or other amps with built in DSP fx. The features it does have are right on the money though. Just need to add some stomp boxes for your different sounds.
Built solid. I do get a low crackling sound for the first minute that the tubes are warming up, but once they're revved, sounds spectacular.
You really can't put a price on great tone. Every serious guitarist is always searching for that perfect tone. I don't think you can ever really reach perfection, and that's one of the elements of guitar playing that makes it fun, but this is definitely a step in the right direction. As close as you can get to the true intended sound of the electric guitar I think.

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(2 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

The reissue is garbage

By Matt from tx

from TX

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Pros

  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Twin Reverb Guitar Combo Amp:

      The sound is great when the amp is working. The amp is pretty much a piece of garbage. It has lousy parts and quality control. It spends more time broken rather than working. If you really want a twin then get vintage. The initial cost of a vintage twin may be pricier, but you will eventually spend almost as much on repairs for the junky built reissue.

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      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      What an amp!

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      By terrygh

      from Kansas

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Powerful all purpose amp
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Twin Reverb Guitar Combo Amp:

      First of all I'm going to say that this is heavy amp but, when you turn it on and, hear the sounds that come out of this amp it really won't matter.
      Now for the good stuff. Fender Blackface Twin Reverb= The Holy Grail of Clean and Powerful Sound! If you only use the reverb and, tremolo effects that are in this amp it would be enough. Add a few of your favorite pedals which the amp will take straight into to the inputs and, you have Killer sound with power to spare! I owned one these back in the sixties and, I had forgotten what a pure, clean and, powerful amp this was. I have went through a lot of different amps in my 40+ years of playing but, now I feel like I have went full circle and, came home to where I was always meant to be. I could go on and on but, I won't. If you've always wanted a Fender Twin Reverb just do it, it's only money, you'll have a smile on your face evry time you just look at this amp and, the sound of raw tube power and, rich full sound will send your music to heights that you can't even imagine. Amen!

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      5.0

      Great Sound!!!!

      By Dvhb

      from Rancho Cucamonga, CA

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      Pros

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

      Cons

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        • Events
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        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Twin Reverb Guitar Combo Amp:

        Great tube sound. The classic Fender Twin sound.

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        5.0

        Glad I finally spent the extra $$ on this. Love it.

        By Hooty

        from Gaffney SC

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth

        Cons

        • The amp is very heavy when moving it.

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Twin Reverb Guitar Combo Amp:

        If you just want one, get this one. Being used to transistor only amps with some effects on them it was a change to get this in this way. You have to let the tubes warm up before it gets what is called that 'sweet sound', and it certainly is sweet. You will have to have or purchase some stomp boxes etc to get those other sounds we like. It is a joy to just play thru it as is for this old timer. I mentioned that it is heavy. When gigging with it you certainly might want to consider having a hand truck to wheel it on. Thinking of adding wheels to it but will have to investigate that. Must be something bad about doing that, I don't see anyone else doing that. hmmm. Anyway, I have always wanted one and now it is well worth the $$ to get one. If you can, grab you one before the price goes up even higher!? :)

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        5.0

        Killer Tones!

        By TB

        from Danville, KY

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Limited Functions

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Practice
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Twin Reverb Guitar Combo Amp:

        Best clean tones I've ever heard in a combo amp. Took me a while to save for it, but glad I did! Only problem I have with the amp, is it has no distortion channel, which i hardly ever use anyhow. But if you're looking for a good clean amp, with killer reverb this amp is for you

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        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        You get what you pay for!

        By Baddbobb

        from Houston

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Twin Reverb Guitar Combo Amp:

          I've been using a twin crate 2 12 120 watt solid state for 15 years I still like it.. I use them both at the same time clean and dirty style plus pedal for Nasty

          I'm good for amps now sounds fantastic wit has my lespaul and stratocaster

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          4.0

          reverb feedback issue 1at channel

          By Big Lar

          from Fargo, ND

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          Pros

          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Twin Reverb Guitar Combo Amp:

            If you plug into one of the first two inputs and turn the reverb up you can get a high pitch feedback that slowly builds. If you plug into one of the other two on the right/middle it won't happen. Easy to avoid but very odd that this would happen. I see this post "glitch" posted a lot online about this amp when it's the original version or a very old one ~ on the reverb channel though so Om crossing my fingers this doesn't happen across all channels.This amp can get loud! With reverb/vibe you can drown in.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I would buy from Musicians Freind again.

            By big guitarman

            from crestline ca

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            Pros

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

            Cons

            • No cons at all

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Twin Reverb Guitar Combo Amp:

            Great amp, I owned this amp before and always loved it. Glad to get another one. Musicians Friend shipped it when they said they would. Great job,Thanks.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            This is a loud beast

            By Rockerduck

            from Marietta, Ga.

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Twin Reverb Guitar Combo Amp:

              This has been my main amp for a number of yrs. Loud enough for outdoors and good sound at low volumes. Clean, clean,clean. Great pedal platform and lightweight at 65lbs. Lighter than most tube heads.

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              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Fits my needs

              By UncleWaldo

              from Tucson, AZ

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Twin Reverb Guitar Combo Amp:

                There are three amps that you should own sometime in your life: A Marshall, a Vox AC30 and the Fender Twin. I play surf, rockabilly and psychobilly and this amp is exactly what I need.

                In case you're an absolute newb with the twin:

                1. It weighs a ton. Seriously, ignore the 74 lbs. that's written here. It weighs as much as my truck. Not easy to move, but solid as a rock.

                2. You need to break the speakers in. The only way to get an "old sounding" amp is to play it. About 40-60 hours of play time should do it. One trick is to run your iPod / Stereo / portable player into the amp, set it at around 3-4 and stick a pillow in front of it... then play music through it for about two solid days. Nothing really boomy, though. A good time to break out all of your 80's and 90's music.

                3. Don't look for all the bells and whistles that new amps have. There's no channel switching (use an A/B box if you need that). There's no Effects Thru on the back. That being said, this amp takes pedal brilliantly!

                4. If you want dirt... go buy a Deluxe Reverb. They're not kidding when they say "clean for days." This is a clean amp with headroom to spare. If you want break up, be prepared to do some repair work on your walls and windows... this thing will knock over a trailer park when turned above 7.

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