Fender Twin Reverb Vibrato Channel In a Head

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  1. Gallery

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    Does anyone make the equivalent or their own inspired version of a BF Twin Reverb Vibrato Channel in a head?

    ONLY THE VIBRATO CHANNEL. No normal channel. Looking for a compact head.
     
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  2. mark norwine

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    Fender Dual Showman Reverb....it's a Twin Reverb in a head....
     
  3. Leftyman

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    You can always take a Twin and make it a head. Very easy to do. Mojotone makes head shells.
     
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    Thanks for the replies, but all I want is the Vibrato channel. The Dual Showman has the Normal channel and a conversion will still have both channels. I want a compact head with just the Vibrato channel.
     
  5. Unadan

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    What about a Bandmaster Reverb Head?
     
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    What specific features do you want?
    - Vibrato?
    - Reverb?
    - Big Clean?
    - If Big Clean, is 2x6L6 enough, or do you need four?
    - If Big Clean, the compact means size because you'll still have a big tranny.
    - Are you opposed to the normal channel because of size or in general?

    Basically, more details would help. For example, if you don't need the vibrato and just want compact size, consider a Mark-series Mesa. An SOB, Mark I Reissue, or Mark III can be had at a great price. They come are more compact, even the Mark III that has three channels. The Mark clean is similar to a Twin, but faster, more percussive, punchier mids (and I prefer it).
     
  9. BarryW

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    I am sure you can get any competent builder to build you one. It wouldn't be that difficult to do.

    PS edit - a great deal that would mostly do it for you? Mesa Boogie MkIIb - I've had mine since 1980. Great amp, exceedingly reasonable.
     
  10. Gallery

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    Features:
    • Reverb - Yes please
    • Vibrato - Yes please
    • Big Clean - Yes please with a crap ton of clean headroom
    • Big Clean - As many 6L6's as it takes to give me a crap ton of clean headroom
    • I'm opposed to the normal channel because it doesn't have reverb or vibrato

    A Super Reverb head would probably work too, but I'm more familiar with the Twin.
     
  11. Heady Jam Fan

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    Ok! Just a couple other things regarding the normal channel...

    I pulled the V1 tube, which gives a bit more punch to the reverb/vibrato channel. This essentially takes the normal channel out of the equation.

    Also, you can do a Fritz Mod, which puts reverb and vibrato on both channels. Along with a few other mods, you can really distinguish the two channels:
    - Add an MV to the 'normal' channel to lower the preamp headroom, which gives you a dirty channel (see the pic of my old BF Bassman below).
    - Change the tone-stack in channel 1 for a different voicing (Bassman/Marshall voicings are popular options and tend to work well with the above suggestion, adding a MV).
    - Use an ABY pedal to go from clean to dirty to both together (which has a thick growl to it).

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    Yeah, I always wanted just the Vibrato Channel of a Pro Reverb in a head. Everything to the right of the third input jack.
     
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    Crabby Guy Amps -- On FB - Built me a "mono-Twin" - 3 Knob reverb channel (didn't get trem)... got a combo w/4 ohm Texas Heat
     

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