anybody ever convert a BF/SF twin to tweed specs?

Discussion in 'Amps/Cabs Tech Corner: Amplifier, Cab & Speakers' started by bolero, Oct 11, 2004.


  1. bolero

    bolero Member

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    ?

    or, maybe just the preamp, and keep the BF power setup?


    kinda unimpressed with my SF twin, that has been BF'd


    don't want to sell it & buy a real tweed twin...$$


    I think the BF circuit is a bit too bright & clean for me though


    ...was also thinking of trying a pair of KT66's instead of the 4 6L6. any thoughts on this?

    thx
     
  2. drbob1

    drbob1 Silver Supporting Member

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    Rewiring it for tweed is a major undertaking, and probably a lot harder than building a tweed twin kit. You could probably sell that for $700+ and buy most of a Mojo or Mission LPTT kit, with a pretty straight forward build. I'm not a great believer in turning a silk purse into a sow's ear. Or, how about spending the money you'd spend modding on buying a really good overdrive/preamp pedal to get the sounds you want out of it (BF Twins are great as palettes upon which to paint other OD colors)?
     
  3. bolero

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    hmmm, that's good advice


    I forgot about footpedals....thing is, the clean sound isn't nearly as good as my jtm100, believe it or not.


    ...I don't *really* want to hack it up; but I've had it for so long ( it was my 1st real amp ) I don't want to let it go.


    was looking around the 'net & doing some reading here:

    http://www.lynx.bc.ca/~jc/fenderAmps.html


    looks pretty interesting....a lot of it is way over my head though!
     
  4. drbob1

    drbob1 Silver Supporting Member

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    You know, I forgot that someone used to build a unit called a "Fender Mender" that essentially cascades the first channel into the second. It's footswitchable so you keep the second channel clean, but click it the other way and you've got quite a bit of gain (although it is a peculiar kind of Deluxe Reverb II, Rivera gain). They usually sell used for less than $100 and don't require any mods...
     
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    I actually bought this unit (made by Bill Hicks I think) for my Fender Twin Reverb. It does what it says, but I thought most, if not all, of the tones were very harsh, gritty, and pretty unusable. I opted to just use dirt pedals to get the OD tones I needed.
     
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    The easiest wya to get tweed tone out of that style amp would be to install a Allen style raw control. 1 50k to 1m pot and some wire...
     
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    Not Bill Hicks but David Hicks.
     
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    Did you mess with the Negative feed back? that can really bring an amp, to life.
     
  9. Mike Fleming

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    I've never done it or played one myself, but I know I've heard of guys converting the normal channel to tweed preamp values.


    wait......this is a 5 year old thread??? that's awesome
     

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