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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: 1985 - Current / Fender 68 Twin Reverb RI, not much talk about this one?

Revelation Sound


Jul 28th, 2016 08:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

There is a lot of talk about the 68 Deluxe Reverb and 68 Princeton but not the Twin. Why is that? Is it because you have to crank it too loud to get it to distort?
It is suppose to have the vintage input and more bassman type connection. It seems most prefer the 65 Twin reissue.



usa metro detroit

Aug 5th, 2016 07:34 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Actually with the reduced negative feed back on the tone stack.. This amp should break up fairly quick. And with the both a Bassman and normal twin tone stack & with both reverb and trem on both channels... I'm eyeballing this amp pretty hard!

This amp falls into the "vintage zone" as far as perspective buyers go. Vintage zone = demand for this kind of amp is usually by a guy who entertains buying the vintage version also. Many believe the vintage amps sound better sighting things like vintage transformers etc..

Imo vintage sounds vintage, modern sounds modern (apples and oranges) Being of a PCB construction can detour a guy in the vintage zone too. As a guy with a lot of experience in repairing robotics and very familiar with PCB repair, (yet Im a player.. not a tech so take this in mind. ) looking at these amp doesn't detract me from buying one. (in comparison to vintage) In fact when I look inside I see a PCB labelled and colour coded thus making them stupid proof for a tech. Barring an extreme component failure which is pretty rare in the robotics field (you just get a new PCB/if the warranty doesn't kick in.. caps & welds go bad after 10yrs or so but all this is normal maintenance on amps that have been gigged) IMO with proper care these modern amps should last for a very very long time (i.e. look totally serviceable to me... I have a 2001 HRDx and a Blues Jr that I totally service myself they are easy. The question will be in 10yrs if you can get the PCB if you have an extreme component failure "If" being the key word) Now as for the caps and resistors being of quality Idk..haven't investigated. (one would think they are decent... Its Fender) Caps in how they smooth the current and resistors in how they shape the tone, are a HUGE factors in linear IC's like an amp.

From what I see and hear. All in all a pretty cool amp from my perspective.

(This message was last edited by pcalu at 09:38 AM, Aug 5th, 2016)

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So. Cal. USA

Aug 5th, 2016 10:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It is rare to see a Twin from any era on a stage today. Even less so with the local cover band crowd. Smaller lighter amps are in. Big and heavy is out.

There is certainly nothing wrong with a TR. The vintage and RI amp make great pedal platforms. These amps sound great at low volume so although large in size they work really well at home.

I think the '68 Twin is bitten by all the issues above. If I didn't already have a vintage TR and wanted a Twin, the '68 would be a good choice.

I will say that as a tech the early '65 RI Twins were a bit unreliable. Poor soldering mostly and very crappy tubes from the factory. Fender seems to have this behind them.

Revelation Sound

Pennsylvania, USA

Aug 20th, 2016 06:32 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If your saying four 12" cabinets are not as popular these days I agree with you. But a two 12" cabinet is still very popular. They provided a fuller sound and more low end than just a one 12". Plus they are not that heavy especially when you add wheels

(This message was last edited by Revelation Sound at 08:33 AM, Aug 20th, 2016)

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Aug 22nd, 2016 11:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My take is that the beauty of these tweaked RIs is in the breakup and the tweedy tone stack options. Great idea for a Princeton or a Deluxe, or even a Vibrolux. But anyone pushing a Twin into overdrive, well, probably isn't welcome in a lot of small bars. Even with lower headroom a Twin is a beast.

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olde New England

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Aug 22nd, 2016 12:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Between the '65 TRRI, and the '68 Vibrolux Reverb, Fender seems to have the 2 speaker combo field covered. Not sure that a SF-like Twin Reverb fills an empty niche.

I'd like to see Fender come out with a Bandmaster or Bandmaster Reverb RI. Nothing like a mid-power blackface playing through a 2-12, closed back cabinet.

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