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Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Twin Reverb Guitar Combo Amp   (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

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.

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

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
 
4.9

(based on 158 reviews)

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (17)
  • Easy to use (15)
  • Good power output (14)
  • Warm / comfy (14)
  • Portable (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (17)
  • Outdoor events / games (15)
  • Home studio (12)
  • Professional recording (11)
  • Amateur recording (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (13), Professional musician (6)

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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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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5.0

Killer Tones!

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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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5.0

You get what you pay for!

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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

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    from Fargo, ND

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    Pros

    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Home Studio
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      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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      5.0

      I would buy from Musicians Freind again.

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      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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      5.0

      This is a loud beast

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      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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        5.0

        Fits my needs

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        from Tucson, AZ

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        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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          5.0

          Great Amp and Great Support

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          from Dadeville, Alabama

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Heavy to carry

          Best Uses

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

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

          After I received my Fender Reissue '65 Twin Reverb amp, I noticed a fairly loud "white noise" whenever I was using it. The white noise seemed to lessen after I put it on standby for a few seconds, but slowly returned after it was off standby. The amp sounds great, but the white noise was annoying.

          After 30 days, the amp just quit working. It would not power on. I tested the power and cables, etc., but no sound came out. I called Musician's Friend and explained what was going on and they immediately shipped me a new one.

          The replacement amp does not have the "white noise" issue. I also purchased the 2 year protection plan just in case anything like that happens again.

          I play a Fender Deluxe Reverb in a '60 rock band back in the day and I always wanted a twin reverb. I'm glad Fender made the reissue version. It is a no frills amp, and I like it that way. It sounds great.

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          5.0

          APARTMENT DWELLERS BEWARE!!!

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          from Williston, ND.

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          Pros

          • Excellent Sound
          • Loooooooud
          • Powerful
          • Super Clean

          Cons

          • Loooooooooud

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

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

          I got one used (first year of production, too[!]) and I have to say that the moment that I dialed in my settings and put my Strat into the "quack" position, it was love at first strum. HOWEVER, I put one thing in both a pro AND a con. Since these are 85 watt amplifiers, they have a reputation for being quite loud. And they weren't kidding; these things are LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOUD! Turn the volume knob past 4 and you're DEFINITELY gonna need earplugs. Overdrive the thing (crank the volume past 8) and you're gonna need earplugs AND shooter's headphones...if the cops don't come knocking at your door first. These things were designed to stay super clean and at high volumes at large gigs (1000+ people), so if you live in an apartment or small home, DO NOT GET THIS AMP unless you want to make your landlord and/or neighbors hate you forever.

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          5.0

          Amazing Amp

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          from Calgary, AB

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            I haven't owned this amp for all that long (6mts) but I already enjoy this amp so much. It is the cleanest amp I've ever played bar none. My effects pedals sound so true through it and both the reverb and vibrato that the amp has sound great as well. The only thing (not even a real drawback) is the amp is quite heavy so you'll want a case with some wheels for it or something. Nothing negative to say really about this amp, it really is a true legend of amplification.

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            (15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            THE Fender Twin Reverb Amp

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            from Murfreesboro, TN

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

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

              What can I say that hasn't already been said. The fender Twin Reverb amp is one of the top amps of all time at any power or price range. I got my first Fender amp in 1966 (Fender Bassman, wish I still had it) I've had everything from Marshall, Fender, Acoustic, Vox, Kustom and several more, but the Twin Reverb sits on the top shelf. I've heard nothing better for pure, clean powerful sound. You can add your favorite pedals if you enjoy that, it compliments everything.

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