Dating vintage fender twin

01 Feb

The exact plight of the Twin-Amp during the months between January and May 1960 however, remains open to considerable speculation, debate and study.

The prevailing explanation is that production was temporarily interrupted during these months as they coincide with the debut of Fender's new "flagship" or top of the line amplifier, the Fender Vibrasonic-Amp. kept the image of the Twin-Amp before potential consumers during this short period.

It was modified in 1958 for more volume, switching to four 5881 power tubes with the more efficient long-tailed pair phase inverter for a power increase to 80W.

This "hi-powered," tweed-covered design continued into early 1960, after the other Professional Series of Fender amplifiers had made the transition to the modern brownface design.

This variation lends support to the idea that the 80-watt circuit was beyond the power handling capacity of the speakers of the late 1950s.

After a slight change in appearance, from the rough blonde tolex and maroon grille appearance to a smooth blonde tolex with a gold grille cloth, the Twin-Amp was replaced with the Twin Reverb-Amp in 1963.

The amps are known for their characteristically clean tone.

The Twin has seen a number of revisions since its introduction, both internal and external, with its designs sometimes varying greatly from one year to the next.

The early models of the larger "narrow-panel" tweeds are also remarkable for their refined electronics whose circuit design incorporated dual 5U4 rectifiers in the Twin and Bassman models, another improvement given Fender's quest for a louder, cleaner amplifier.The Fender Twin is a guitar amplifier made by Fender Musical Instruments Corporation.It was introduced in 1952, two years before Fender began selling Stratocaster electric guitars.The image of the Twin-Amp in the 1960 Fender Catalog has been the subject of considerable scrutiny.The re-emergence of the Twin-Amp in mid 1960 revealed a new aesthetic design that would become prominent among Fender's top of the line amplifiers, with the exception of the Vibrasonic-Amp.