Fender Cyber-Twin 130

130W Combo

Made by Fender

Description Hybrid solid-state/tube amp comes with a bevy of vintage amps built right in. Choose, say, a '59 narrow-pannel 4x10 Bassman and this amp doesn't reconfigures its own electronics to become the selected amp.
Posted By Tim Ball (2060)
Directory Equipment: Amplifiers
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On 5/29/2003, Bill Dunlap (443) posted:
Overall Rating:
I really didn't look at much else when I looked for an amp.

Hell yeah I'd buy this amp again.

My favorite aspect is the ease with which I get great tone. The worst aspect is figuring out how to get more control out of my foot switches.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $800.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Mars Music
Features:
Solid amp. Great in practice, but I probably won't be gigging with it for another month or so. At first I thought I'd need a college degree to make use of its modelling features and effects... but I was suprised at how truly easy it is to work with.
Sound Quality:
This guy has great tone. I'm very happy with it. Currently I'm playing in a bar band that does mostly classic rock with some of the new stuff thrown in. I think I don't particularly care for it's compressor. I can't quite decide. I haven't really cranked the sucker yet, but it holds its own in the sweet spot. 5 to 7 on the dial.
Ease of Use:
This amp is programmable and then some. It's almost as easy as falling off a log to do the editing. It takes nothin' at all to get a great sound... but, it does take a bit of tweaking to get a really great CLEAN sound.
Durability:
This amp hasn't done a lot of gigging yet, but it has held up to lots of practice...
On 3/11/2002, Joe Donahoe (10) posted:
Overall Rating:
If you like to play at any level, are in it for the long haul, probably will not be rich & famous, have some money saved and just want to most bang for your buck, want a lot of types of sound with superb tone, and would like one of the last amps you may ever buy.....or just want a kick a-- amp, the Cyber twin is for you. I'm so glad my buddy talked me into this. I don't gig as much anymore, do love to play, and really want to experiment in the studio. This is not a large amp, it is portable, and can easily fill up a room over the top of a band. What more do you need for the price?
Price: $1100.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Bizzare Guitar - Reno, NV
Features:
Awesome tone. This is the best damn amp if you want to have a lot of sound. Endless possibilities of sounds that can be produced. I couldn't decide what I wanted for an amp, didn't have the budget to buy different amps and this fits the bill by giving a wide range of sounds. For gigs in clubs and bars it has plenty of ponies but if you go larger, you may want to look at the new cyber release with 4 x 12's with the separate head. It has 2 x 12AX tubes and ~85 different amp configurations, every imaginable pedal built in and allows you to mix and match the hardware (different heads with different stacks and different pedals). The Cyber Twin uses original circuits and transistors along with tubes along with the modeling computer. For example, you would be using the original design of a '65 tweed or a '64 blackface, or a '95 hotrod deville. It also allows you to change the 'sequence' of hardeware (different heads with different cabinets, pedals before or after distortion or pre-amps or whatever). It also has ~85 custom built sounds assembled by Fender engineers ('Early Led Zep', Pink Floyd/Gilmore, 'Trowerful', etc.) and these are way too much fun. It also has ~85 settings that you can build yourself, if you come up with more, it has MIDI so that you can upload them and start over. That would be 240+ different sounds coming out of one amp.... I have yet to play with this amp for less than two hours ever, way, way too much fun. It just sucks you in.
Sound Quality:
I play an American Tele and a '95 Strat with Seymour Duncan pickups (Alnico II Pro w/reverse wind on the middle) and am able play a wide range of music. I also have a Taylor acoustic that I plugged in for the heck of it on a gig last Saturday and was blown away by the sounds that were possible on the clear channels. I'll get a Les Paul next to completely fill it out. I play blues and rock and it has everything I will ever need.
Ease of Use:
It is fully programmable. It can be as simple as you would like or as complicated as you would like. There are so many possbilities for sound. It is also a great education for me in terms of being able to sample so many types of amps, pedals, and effects that I would normally never get to play with.
Durability:
It was delivered with a cracked 12AX tube which Fender was great about getting replaced without hesitation. I called Fender directly, was referred to a top flight certified Fender Tech here in the SF Bay area and was up and running right away. Since that time, it has been indestructable. I've had it for 3 months and have done a few gigs. Very happy.
On 3/9/2002, DAVID CRITZER (5) posted:
Overall Rating:
I WAS EITHER GOING TO BUY THIS AMP OR A FENDER TWIN BUT THIS AMP WAS MOR VERSITILE. I WOULD REPLACE IT WITH THE NEW HEAD AND CABINET NOW OUT.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $1020.00 (new)
Where Obtained: MUSIC CITY, MANASSAS,VA
Features:
IT HAS MOTORIZED CONTROLS THAT YOU CAN TWIK TO YOUR ON LIKING. I HAVE THE FOOT CONTROLER SO I HAVE MORE SWITCHES THAN JUST THE AMP. IT HAS SWITCHES TO CONTROL ALL THE EFFECTS. IT HAS ALL THE POWER I'LL EVER NEED BUT I DON'T THINK IT SHOULD BE USED DOING HEAD BANGER IF I WHERE INTO THAT I THINK I'D GO WITH THE PEAVY 5150. IT IS STERO AND USES BOTH SOLID STATE AND TUBE ELECTRONICS. IT'S GREAT FOR SOMEONE WHO DOESN'T KNOW WHAT THEY WANT
Sound Quality:
I USE LES PAUL DOUBLE CUT, AMERICAN STRAT,AND TEX MEX TELE, IT FITS ALL STYLES I DO ALOT OF BLUES IN THE 59 BASSMAN SETTING. BUDDY GUY ALSO STARTED DOING THIS.I CAN ALSO SWITCH TO THE COUNTRY TWANG USING ANYONE OF A DOZEN OTHER AMP CIRCUITS. IN SOME SETTINGS IT BECOMES A LITTLE NOISEY BUT NOT ALL. I'M NOT LOOKING FOR A HIGH DEGREE OF VOLUME, AND I CAN BRING ON DISTORTION AT ANYTIME.
Ease of Use:
IT IS PROGRAMABLE, I HAVEN'T HAD THE TIME TO EXPLORE ALL THE POSSIBLITIES, BUT FROM MY OWN EXPERIENCE I'VE HAD TO DO VERY LITTLE FIDDLING TO OBTAIN TONES I'M LOOKING FOR BUT THEN TONE IS A PERSONAL PREFERENCE.
Durability:
THE ONLY THING I CAN SAY TO THIS IS ITS CONSTRUCTION IS A CREDIT TO THE FENDER LINE ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE FOOT CONTROLER. I DON'T GIG SO I CAN'T COMMENT ON THAT