Nothing sounds like a Twin, and this Twin can prove it! One of the most iconic Fender amplifiers ever made, the Twin Reverb is near the top of the list for clean power and – of course – spring reverb.
By chassis this animal is a 1974, but the power transformer is the 135w version used on later models, putting the actual production date on this unit at 1979. Both parts, regardless of their official build-dates, are in tip-top shape, with some very minor cosmetic wear being the worst issue with this amplifier. Equipment-wise, the foot-switch and speakers are factory original and awesome.
This two-channel monster has an extension speaker output, a tube-matching output, unpowered line/recording ouput, ground lift, a standby switch, courtesy outlet, and it sits on casters for ease-of-movement. Channel 1 is a standard T/M/B with a bright switch. Channel 2 is the same with added controls for the trem (speed and intensity) as well as reverb.
There is a short list of modifications that makes this a very nice Twin indeed. First, the sumptuous reverb and fabulous tremolo have been routed to work with both channels, not just channel 2. The reverb itself has been modified with a 3-spring reverb tank in lieu of the standard 2-spring, making the wash on this amp absolutely glorious.
Lastly and perhaps most importantly, this particular Twin was modded to run in triode mode rather than the standard pentode mode, which means you lose about 20w from the top end of power output, but the tone is a bit mellower and sits in the mix more easily both on-stage and in the studio. Don’t worry, though: when you turn it up and let it loose, this Twin is still a Twin, and sometimes that’s what you need.