I'd always crank it up for that "Fender" sound and it just never sounded any good without a LOT of tweaking and then I was never inspired. Danny Brown I too have a 73 SF, that has been modded to Blackface specs (still with the Utah speakers, though). That being said, I have never played through a SF of the same era, so I have nothing to compare it to. Two '73 Twin Reverbs are likely to sound different from each other, as two reissues are likely to sound different.I'll forever be bumbed-out over Blackface Twins because I sold a first year ('62? Once the '50s era GTRs were boaught up the '60s stuff came into the "vintage" catagory. But my twin is loud, and the tone is tight, especially in the low end. While on the road, we had a couple of techs try to get us to deviate further, like this guy in Florida who was Groove Tubes QC guy for a while. All I can say is that they are anything but mush, especially when loaded with the orange JBLs. I have two '74 Tele Thinlines that are lightyears apart from one another.Those and things like brass hardware and graphite nuts. The dumbass thing that Fender DID do in the '70s do was to go with the three bolt neck attatchment. They also made the body contour a bit more squared off for a while. I heard they sound good, so its probabbly not that much of a difference from the vintage 68's. Danny Brown There's a difference in the circuits between the "blackface" and the "silverface" eras, with many guitarists preferring the blackface. While on the road, we had a couple of techs try to get us to deviate further, like this guy in Florida who was Groove Tubes QC guy for a while. All I can say is that they are anything but mush, especially when loaded with the orange JBLs. This is especiialy true with the one that hae the grille that looks like a window scren. Why waste the time HOPING a "bad" era amp "might" be good? Danny Brown We don't disagree that the BFs are generally better than the SFs.That made Strats un-comfortable, but they were UGLY, too! Only Ace Freely played one of those and he must have been forced. Like I said, I had an original Year Twin Reverb (they were just called a Twin before that) and I have a few recordings with it, but I can only say that the '65 re-issues are "close." I have never played them side by side, but I don't get the same vibe when I play through a re-issue. Additionally, the speakers in some silverface TRs are pretty mushy-sounding to my ears. As I noted near the top of this thread, I never liked my SF TR until having it heavily modded; now I like it a lot.i bought a 72 Silverface with blackface mods (though it still retains a master volume, though modified... The Twin Reverb never had a tube rectifier, 5U4 or any other, it always had a solid state rectifier. The first few years of silverface amps had the same cabinet details as the blackface, they never went for straight butt joints, though I think they might have gone from the finger joint (or box joint) to a less sturdy dovetail in the 70's.I always avoid the ones with the velcro'ed speaker grill, that's when the cabs weren't built as well.If it were me, I'd either get the reissue or (if being vintage is important) look for a blackface.I had a long talk with my amp tech before deciding on the extensive SF mods which I noted in an earlier post. Real Strats came with 3-position switches, the 5 position switch didn't come till the 70's, and the Vintage Reissues of the 50's and 60's models typically come with an appropriate 3 position switch installed, and a 5-position switch is included if you want to modernize it.
That's the thing: it's not known to work until he plays it. I bought a Twin brand new in 1974, FOR the master volume feature. Amazing when you consider that I only retubed it once in those 30 years...until..With the '70s era amps they were just trying to get product out the door.I had a silverface Super Reverb (4-10"s) that sat in our studio for years. Every single individual specimin of an instrument or an amp is different than every other one.Hi, Is anybody familiar with the Fender Twin Reverb original silverface from 1973 with the master volume? There's a difference in the circuits between the "blackface" and the "silverface" eras, with many guitarists preferring the blackface.There is a guy in my area selling one, and i was thinking about getting the new fender 65' reissue, but im guessing the vintage one would sound a lot better. Additionally, the speakers in some silverface TRs are pretty mushy-sounding to my ears. Like in an auditorium without reinforcement, which is the sort of gig it was designed for.