Stay at home or in the studio and you'll never have a problem. The warm sound of the tubes is fantastic. I play my telecastor and 5 string banjo thru it and love the sound.
Model Year: 1990
Price: $700.00 Canadian (new)
Where Obtained: Mothers Music
Excellent studio and stage sound.
Easy to use. Switches need to be cleaned a lot.
Great amp if it stays in a house gig or studio. I had to retube it about every 3 months when on the road.
I looked at other Fender Twins, and other combos. This sounded best to me, had the features I wanted. Favorite aspect: 1/4 power switch, cuts out power tubes to 1/4 but still leaves full tube preamp, for a great lower wattage sound. 2nd good aspect: level controls for effects in and out.. They work even without the loop being used...for another level of post amp gain.. example..set effect in/out level slighty higher than ch 1...push effect footswitch, and you have another lead boost channel : )) Worst aspect: goes for all Fender Amps I've played, noisy unbalanced preamp out jack.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $1099.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musicians Friend
100 watts,with a 1/4 power switch, 2-12" Eminence speakers (same as original 65' twin), tube reverb and tremolo, 2 channels,ch 1 has Vol, Treble, Mid, Bass, and a brightness switch. Ch 2 has Gain, treble, mid and Bass, presence for both channels. 4 button footswitch (ch,effects,reverb,tremolo), effects loop with level controls in an out. Amp Tilt Bars, cloth cover, removable wheels. Mine even came with a nice quality fender watch. EZ access to tube biases via back of amp..1/4" preamp output jack as well as effect in and out jacks, with level controls. Ext speaker jack also. Fully powerful enough for clubs small and large, 1/4 power works well in smaller venues.
I use this amp in stereo with a modified fender combo(pro185 with blown amp removed)powered with a dbx 100watt power amp. My signal path: I have a Fender American Fat Tele that goes into a Hughes and Kettner Tube Factor, than into a Digitech RP2000, which comes out stereo. I use the Tube Factor as another channel of gain mainly for a clean boost, and those warm creamy leads sounds. The amp is very clean on ch 1. The distortion of the fender is ok for classic rock and such, not a great grunge sound. This amp is a smooth, warm and full sounding combo, a definate fender classic...
This is a plug and play amp, not much tweaking needed for a great sound. For that crunch and distortion sound, some tweakin is needed, depending on your guitar and other effects used. Overall it is an ez amp to use and setup. 1/4 power switch is a great feature...
I've yet to experience any problem with this amp. 1 year of steady gigging and the tubes are still good. Only using the cloth cover that came with it, and being loaded and unloaded many times, knocked around my van, it has withstood everything, with only minor dings. It is a heavy amp around 75lbs approx..
Overall, if your looking for a more versitile fender amp, this may be the one for you. This is a fender amp, and by no means has any other sound. This one is all fender. The biggest downside to this one is the weight. Its 75 pounds.
There are other comparable fender amps, like the 65 reissue, which may suit the average guy just as well without the extra couple hundred bucks out of his wallet. What makes this one more expensive is the versitility thats hard to acheive in the 65.
Model Year: 1992
Where Obtained: original owner
This amp is loaded with alot of features, most of which the typical home musician will never use. Others like individual channel switching and volume controls, as well as assigned reverb, most people will use more freqently.
I use this amp in clubs as well as my home. I use it frequently with only a wah, a chorus, and ts7 pedal. Although it has a wide tonal variety, I would not suggest it for very hard rock or metal. I would recommend it more to the musician playing blues, or rock/blues. This is typical fender tone. Tons of reverb, and smooth midrange. Because it has a 25/100 watt selector switch, this makes is pretty good at smaller venues, to much larger venues. The clean channel does break up in either at very high volume.
If you can't figure this amp out, then you shouldn't be playing through an amp. Its all basic knobs. As simple as you'll find a high end amp to be, for sure
More durable than alot of others, but still, with 11 tubes in all, expect maintenece once a year or more, depending on how much you gig. for the home, you'll be good for a couple of years before the tubes will need to be changed.
In my opinion, fender makes some of the more durable amps out there. If you buy new, they back them for 5 years.