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    Cool New Amp Day...!!!

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    So in all the commotion of the day...I completely forgot to mention the new amp that showed up at my door.

    I scored a Fender '57 Custom Twin Amp.
    This is not the high-powered Twin...but the 40W Tweed, which has been called by many "one of the best amps ever made"...but that's subjective of course, though it certainly is a model that embodies much of the vintage Rock tone, and one of the amps that influenced the birth of the Marshall sounds, though the '57 doesn't sound anything like a Marshall, but you can hear underneath its tone how it influenced those later amp generations.

    This is an all Point-to-Point hand wired amp, sporting some vintage designed caps and wiring, staying pretty true to the original, and it has a pair of 6L6 power tubes with dual 5U4GB rectifiers. A pair of 12AY7 tubes in V1 & V2 and then a pair of 12AX7 tubes in V3 & V4.

    There are a pair of 12 Weber designed/Eminence built 8ohm Alnico speakers, wired in parallel and running at a combined 4 ohms.
    There's the 1-2 Bright and 1-2 Normal channels, each with their own Volume control and there are Presence, Treble and Bass controls.
    Unlike some other Tweed amps, because of its design, you can't jumper the Bright/Normal channels, but you can use a guitar Y cord and feed both at the same time for combination tones. You can also pull one rectifier tube for more sag.
    The cabinet is a lacquered tweed.

    I got it for just a bit over 1/2 price because it had a ding on one of the corners, and some minor handling smudges, and the amp doesn't appear to have been played at all. Well, the smudges all wiped off with a wet rag, and the corner ding is 100% fixable like it was never there.
    So the smudges and the ding saved me $1400 off the total price, on a virtually new amp!

    Anyway...this thing sounds absolutely marvelous!
    I plugged a Tele into it and it was the most perfect marriage of guitar and amp I've heard in awhile! Here's a pic of the amp.

    57customtwinamp-jpg

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    Yeah! Great amps. Enjoy. ; )











    But is it really better??? Or just different?
    Jk

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFR View Post
    But is it really better??? Or just different?
    Jk
    Not sure yet which... but I guess you'll want some kind of proof either way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miroslav View Post
    Not sure yet which... but I guess you'll want some kind of proof either way.
    Hmmm. Maybe.......

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    40watt Twin...I like that idea..and pulling a tube for more sag sounds interesting.
    Im with you on the $1400 savings, for a ding or too, no problem.

    congrats..

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    The combination of eminance and 6L6's is just pure cream to me. Great find!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gtoboy View Post
    The combination of eminance and 6L6's is just pure cream to me.
    And add to that a Tele, and man, I was in tone heaven last night.
    I've never heard a Tele sound so good with any other amp like it did with this '57 Custom Twin Amp.
    I've got a 5E3 Tweed Deluxe clone, one of the better clones out there, from Tungsten Amps...and while it's a great sounding amp, it doesn't marry up as well with the Tele like the '57 did...or I might just be somewhat new-amp-biased... ...but I think it's the combination of the dual rectifiers, the dual Eminance Alnicp speakers and the bigger cabinet of the '57, so the sound is just very spacious and 3D.
    The 5E3 is more direct, and it does also have more grittier growl when pushed...it does that Neil Young "rust" thing to a T!

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    5E3 is s small amp,, the Twin is a big amp. Makes all the difference in the world. That bigger pine caninet resonating has a lot to do with it too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miroslav View Post
    So in all the commotion of the day...I completely forgot to mention the new amp that showed up at my door.

    I scored a Fender '57 Custom Twin Amp.
    This is not the high-powered Twin...but the 40W Tweed, which has been called by many "one of the best amps ever made"...but that's subjective of course, though it certainly is a model that embodies much of the vintage Rock tone, and one of the amps that influenced the birth of the Marshall sounds, though the '57 doesn't sound anything like a Marshall, but you can hear underneath its tone how it influenced those later amp generations.

    This is an all Point-to-Point hand wired amp, sporting some vintage designed caps and wiring, staying pretty true to the original, and it has a pair of 6L6 power tubes with dual 5U4GB rectifiers. A pair of 12AY7 tubes in V1 & V2 and then a pair of 12AX7 tubes in V3 & V4.

    There are a pair of 12 Weber designed/Eminence built 8ohm Alnico speakers, wired in parallel and running at a combined 4 ohms.
    There's the 1-2 Bright and 1-2 Normal channels, each with their own Volume control and there are Presence, Treble and Bass controls.
    Unlike some other Tweed amps, because of its design, you can't jumper the Bright/Normal channels, but you can use a guitar Y cord and feed both at the same time for combination tones. You can also pull one rectifier tube for more sag.
    The cabinet is a lacquered tweed.

    I got it for just a bit over 1/2 price because it had a ding on one of the corners, and some minor handling smudges, and the amp doesn't appear to have been played at all. Well, the smudges all wiped off with a wet rag, and the corner ding is 100% fixable like it was never there.
    So the smudges and the ding saved me $1400 off the total price, on a virtually new amp!

    Anyway...this thing sounds absolutely marvelous!
    I plugged a Tele into it and it was the most perfect marriage of guitar and amp I've heard in awhile! Here's a pic of the amp.

    57customtwinamp-jpg

    Lucky you.

    Have fun with your new toy.

    And I agree that better is subjective. Spending more money does not guarantee better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFR View Post
    Yeah! Great amps. Enjoy. ; )


    But is it really better??? Or just different?
    Jk
    Just different. Better , whatever that really is, is all subjective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miroslav View Post
    Not sure yet which... but I guess you'll want some kind of proof either way.
    If only proof of such a concept were even possible. Logic says you cannot prove better at all. At least if there is more than one parameter that might influence the result.

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