The best "Bedroom Amp" of all time...

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  1. hogy

    hogy Member

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    ...is without a doubt the Fender Twin Reverb.

    I remember when I was a 16 year old kid who had only ever messed around with small amps, I got the chance to play a silverface Twin at a friend's house. Amp volume was on 2 the whole time, and I couldn't believe the cinemascope sound I was hearing. Deep, clear, huge soundstage. Made a Strat sound so good.

    Fast forward a few decades and a hundred amps and nothing has changed. If I want to just enjoy a Fender guitar the way Leo intended, there is nothing that beats a Twin Reverb. It's such a joy to play. Doesn't matter what it is, blackface, silverface, they all kill.

    I was without a Twin for some years and just recently picked up another one. Won't be without one again, that's for sure.

    The fact that this masterpiece of a tube guitar amp sells for one third of what a blackface Princeton Reverb sells for is a complete joke and a great opportunity. I have both, the Princeton sounds like a toy next to it, at the same low volume. Every guitar player should have a Twin Reverb, even if they never turn it up past 3.

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  2. MrGuitarhack

    MrGuitarhack Member

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    Fantastic beautiful sounding amps. My buddy's older brother had a 60's twin and that sucker was loud. Of course it was the 70's and he was playing a les paul but damn it sounded good.
     
  3. juxtapolice

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    Great time to get a blackface twin. My Nocaster RI into a 67 is the stuff of dreams
     
  4. Vaibhav Joshi

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    Hi Hogy,
    I've been itching to try a tube amp (my first) but they don't carry them in the stores here. right now I play with pedals + SS amps.
    Even with an SS amp, I have to play at minimum volume.
    With a big vs small amp, I understand that you can have the smaller one OD earlier & at friendlier volumes.
    But I mostly play cleans - low gain. And I've read that bigger amps have better cleans than smaller amps (even at low volumes)..
    What has been your experience in this regard?

    Thanks!
     
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  5. Gallery

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    I totally agree with you. But, it's all fun and games until you've got to gig with it or carry it around. I looked for someone who makes a single channel twin reverb in a head for a while. Nada. I finally decided to get a Jim Kelley Reverb head and that scratched the itch and more for me. Sometimes still wish I had a Twin just for home. Great amps.
     
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  6. rubbersoul

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    I agree, a Twin is an absolutely beautiful sounding amp. I played a '73 once in a Guitar Center and that sound has haunted me ever since. I've not been fortunate enough to own one yet.

    FOR ME, the best bedroom amp I've found is a '73 Vibro Champ. The clean tones, and the vibrato, I think, are heavenly.
     
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  7. hogy

    hogy Member

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    Then don't carry it to a gig!
    Silverface Twins are fetching 6-700 bucks here. Buy one, stick it in your music room and never move it again.
     
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    My experience has been: big amps sound big, small amps sound small. Tube amps sound better than solid state amps.
     
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  9. Vaibhav Joshi

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    Thanks.
    Not sure when I get one but I'll be looking into 'big' master volume amps now.
    With everything leaning towards modelers, I thought I'll end up using an HX Stomp or something similar & miss the fun of tube amp completely.
     
  10. Gallery

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    Unfortunately my space is limited and must be used more efficiently than that. But if I had the space, it would be a consideration. As I said, great amps and I agree on the sentiment about sounding good at low volume. However, size and weight can still be a factor regardless. A single channel head version would be my choice.
     
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    You just made the price of vintage Fender Twin Reverbs go up, just from this one post! :D

    But...I do agree with you. I had a friend in HS who had a silverface Twin Reverb in his bedroom, and he also had a '60s ES-335. The Twin and the 335 sounded fantastic together, and he never turned the volume up beyond conversation level.
     
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    My friend bought his silver face twin back in the early 70's. Cool amp . One of the classics ! Still has it in his music room .
     
  13. nmiller

    nmiller Drowning in lap steels Gold Supporting Member

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    I suppose it's true because once you get it into the bedroom you never want to carry it out again.
     
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  14. Dr.Picklebottom

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    It is almost big enough for people to sleep in but that’s not what the term bedroom amp comes from.

    I get the old timey appeal but it does nothing for me. It represents what the electric guitar sounded like when rock n roll was invented.
    To me it’s appealing as driving a model t. It’s historically important but it can’t do what I need it to.
     
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    Hogy, do you have a Super Reverb? If so, curious how they compare at bedroom volumes.
     
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    How big is your bedroom?!?:eek:
     
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    *cough* Tonemaster *cough*
     
  18. hogy

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    Yes, I do. They compare very favorably. Both are milestone amps that sound good at any volume.
     
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    TELECOLLECTOR Astro Boy - who knew? Gold Supporting Member

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    Complete, harmonious, agreement with Hogy.

    I have a number of amps I bought and moved into my "music room" and will likely never move again.

    I have other, smaller "portable" amps to transport, but the big iron amps are hard to beat - at any volume.

    Here is a 1970 head and cab that has seen MANY bar gigs by the "aged" grill cloth color. I picked up the very clean 1968 head for no other reason other than it was a GREAT deal and I love the sound of these behemoths.

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    Here are a 1961 Concert and a 1965 SR which I really love too. I really gravitate towards 4x10 configs.
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    Again, I couldn't pass on this 1969 drip edge SR procured from a fellow TGP'er.
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  20. ericb

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    Yep blows my mind how they didn't appreciate in value near as much as many other Fenders. I have a 1970 Twin that I've had buried behind my other amps for years and have been missing it, so hopefully will get that going soon. It has 2 loose tube sockets that I need to fix, but that should be ez . . . Just out of curiosity @hogy do you have a speaker favorite for your Twin? Eric
     

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