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How do YOU get drive from your Twin Reverb?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by loiking, Feb 15, 2009.

  1. loiking

    loiking Member

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    I will hopefully be picking up a Twin Reverb in the next little while but am wondering if i am going to be able to get good Lead and dirty rythm sounds. I've got a Tubescreamer and a germanium Fuzz Face Clone for dirt at the moment.

    So how do YOU do it? :munch
     
  2. Dom

    Dom Member

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    Hard to find a pedal that doesn't work with a TR.

    I use a Fulltone OCD for crunch and a Fulldrive or Maxon OD 808 for leads.
     
  3. pitner

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    You could try turning it up but you will fry whats left of your ears. Pedals will do the job. Check out Sgt Thumps post at Rig Talk concerning his twin.
     
  4. newholland

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    i don't think i've ever seen anybody get overdrive off of a twin without a pedal... the volume would be outrageous... mebbe with 5881's you could survive it...
     
  5. retrobob

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    Get a vintage RAT pedal. those work great with clean Fenders.
    I had a Twin Reverb back in the 70s. Plenty loud, but just wouldn't Give up the crunch.
     
  6. Senor Forum

    Senor Forum Gold Supporting Member

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    I actually scratched off the "3" on the volume control and replaced it with an "11"

    Reasonable volume and crunch and sustain for days.
     
  7. wingwalker

    wingwalker Fuzzy Guitars

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    These are my fav 3 with my TR...

    -Pro Co Rat
    -King of Tone
    -Twin Tube Classic
     
  8. FenderBigot

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    Your TS should do the trick... I would maybe add another pedal to stack with the TS or give you two different OD sounds, one for lead one for rhythm.
     
  9. Polynitro

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    I have a sexdrive and funny enough a behringer TO-100, Im replacing the behringer for a Timmy.
     
  10. Cussion

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    They sound fantastic cranked.. think Bloomfield, early Santana, Jerry Garcia, Peter Green etc..

    I rehearsed and recorded with a SF Twin a few years ago, and I used a SubDecay Stupid Box distortion
    and an Electro Harmonix Double Muff. Great tones and not too loud.
     
  11. paul1122

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    I remember playing my friends grandfather amp in the 80s. It was loud as heck, but it would not distort.
     
  12. m@2

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    i use an OCD and a fuzz (big muff or sunface) but the good news is Twins love most pedals, so lots of options
     
  13. Keyser Soze

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    Back in the 80's I used a ProCo Rat with my SF Twin, not as many pedal options then, but the Twin seemd to like them all.

    I also used an Acoustic SS amp as a line driver for Neil Young/Crazy Horse type stuff.

    IME a SF Twin all by itself never really breaks up, just gets rich and fat right before the cops arrive.
     
  14. Carli28

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    Don't really agree on the tubescreamers. Their purpose (or the trick) is to push a cooking amp. - Had a silverface twin that i liked, but I never ever got close to push those tubes anywhere.. A nice fuzz pedal is nice IMO, and then use the volume pedal.
     
  15. rusty

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    Full-Drive is really cool with a Twin...that's MY favorite...or I could see keeping your TubeScreamer and just adding a RAT to the equation...???
     
  16. loiking

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    Thanks for all the replies.

    How would my Fuzz Face go with it?
    Its a germanium transistor model.
     
  17. retrobob

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    :agree

    And pushing a TR to the limit may be a bit overwhelming.
    I remember mine was very loud at 3-4.
    I was just a young kid at the time trying to get a Marshall sound out of a Twin. I remember using one of those Electo Harmonics square plug in boosters for a while. Seemed to be the best I could find at the time.
     
  18. retrobob

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    Here me now, believe me later.

    Get an older (not a re-issue) Pro Co RAT pedal.
    These work great on clean amps.
    It will do a good natural sounding distortion to a Fuzz tone effect
    depending how you set it.

    There are a few pedals I have kept for a long time. The Pro Co is one of them.
     
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    :rolleyes:


    ...their purpose can be to sounding freaking great as an OD into a clean amp. they work super-well into blackface style amps.
     
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    Barber LTD SR wonderfully cooks in front of my vintage Fenders!
     

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