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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: 1985 - Current / Cyber Twin temporarily out of retirement

davywhizz
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May 2nd, 2017 05:51 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've just put my early version (2001) Fender Cyber Twin into our rehearsal room because my valve amp is going in for a repair. I used the CT for hundreds of gigs over about 10 years, originally with a midi controller with several banks of patches, but later only used the four-button footswitch for basic clean, brown, crunch and lead sounds. I also went from using the on-board effects to a pedal board in front. All in all, a bit of a waste of all that technology.

Looking back, what can I say about the CT? The technology is impressive, it was reliable, very quiet (excellent noise gate application), the Blackface reverb (one of 11 reverb options) sounds excellent, the stereo XLR DI outputs are great for live use and recording and the motorised knobs still amaze bandmates and members of the public (but only male ones). Last but not least, the CT can sound lovely: I particularly like variations on the Reverb Bassman sound. As a modelling amp it's a long way from just offering snapshots of different sounds, the possible permutations on the CT must be almost infinite. It doesn't feel or respond dynamically like a valve amp which, over time, has come to mean a lot more to me. But on old recordings you wouldn't know the difference.

Ayns
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May 2nd, 2017 10:42 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ive got one sitting in my porch.

It was my #1 gigging amp about 10 years ago. It was quite expensive, as I'm sure you know. I paid about 1/2 MRP used for mine. They go for about 1/4 MRP max now :-(

I actually used the speakers in my MIII when they got damaged.

Thinking about getting it up and running again.

reverendrob
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May 2nd, 2017 01:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've always wanted one just for the motorized knobs.

I know, silly, but...

I sit and watch my DAW controller with motorfaders and laugh a lot still.

They sounded good, and I'm not a "must respond like a tube amp" guy at heart - I sound and it feels like me through a 6L6 Fender as much as it does through a Jazz Chorus or the Mustang V.

Ayns
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May 2nd, 2017 02:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah Rob,

I saw another guitarist gigging with one, and the motorized knobs sealed the deal. They still worked last time I checked.

They were about $2,500 new when I got mine.

As usual for me, I ended up using 1 clean setting + pedals ;-)

reverendrob
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May 2nd, 2017 03:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yea, I don't use the effects much in my Mustang, that's not what it's for!

burtonfan

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Sep 30th, 2017 10:52 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

When the Cyber Twin was first released, I wanted one SO badly!!! but, I already really had my dream amp - a '65 DRRI which I have used faithfully for close to twenty years.

I'd still like to find an affordable CT - but I'm currently putting all my time and money towards putting together a Ludwig blue sparkle double-kick drum kit like the one that Elvis Presley's drummer, Ronnie Tutt, used from 1970-1974.

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