Fender 65 85-Watt Twin Reverb Tube Combo Amp Review

Fender's '65 Twin Rev Combo Amp is a modern-day tribute to one of the most beloved all-time vintage amplifiers. If you wanted solid, pure sound, the Black Face Twin Reverb tube amplifier was the only amplifier to look for.

When the re-run came on the market, it was greeted more than happily by guitarists worldwide with an all-analog circuitry that suited the originator. This combo amplifier offers an amazing sound that is very true to the original and has dominated the industry since the mid-nineties.

Despite being mass-produced, it's a two-channel amplifier with great build-quality. The enclosure weighs much less than the original, but the internal components are a sturdy, robust housing. It is made of birch wood and has a Tolex black lining.

To help secure the delicate tubes, the circuitry is well-mounted and there are no signs of any shoddy welding. To help it withstand rough-handling on the lane, it has covered corners. It has tilt-back legs and has a strengthened carrying handle that makes it a road-worthy workhorse for easier maneuverability.

It racks up over four ohms of 85-watts peak power, but rivals a choice of 100 watts. It's a solid alternative for gigs. Should you prefer, or DI, you can mic it up. It's appropriate for any kind of guitar and gives your ax a new lease of life with it.

Along with the Groove Tube 6L6 power output tubes, it features 4 x 12AX7 and 2 x 12AT7 preamp tubes. They give it the memorable sound that made the songs so famous in the sixties. The circuitry based on the Black Face enables it to ooze tones with a wildly harmonious delivery.

They feed the sound to two wonderful 12-inch Jensen speakers that have an outstanding dynamic response and pump the crowd with strong vintage tones. For their high-end handling with a sonic consistency that many identify as glassy, the Jensen Speakers are legendary.

They do a fine job of dispersing the mid-range scooped harmonics for which the Black Face was renowned. They also help to highlight the clean channel caliber and provide the drives with the familiar fat Fender crunch that we all know and love.

This item is heavy and loud but offers an outstanding over-head with one of the most premium-quality cleans. The break-up below the eight mark is non-existent, which gives it a wide variety of genres to complement. It's perfect for technical playing and it takes a lot of hell to get an overdrive of some kind.

It can be a little trickier for a newbie to dial in a tone because it provides a greater degree of control than other combo-amps on the market. However, don't let that color your judgment; it has an easy enough interface and won't take too long to find out, luckily.

The settings are divided into two sets, including your standard EQ, gain, and master volume for three bands. You have a bright switch for clarifying high-output guitars as well as the notorious twin reverb, tidying up some of the fuzziness of the humbuckers.

Fender 65 Twin Reverb


One of the cleanest amps on the market is the '65 Twin Reverb. It has enough overhead to play at gig-worthy levels without the characteristics of messy benefit that overshadow its purity. It is extremely well-built, has analog circuitry matching the original Black Face unit, and offers the same powerful sound associated with the age from which it came.

In order to replicate the sixties sweeps that shook the music industry, the vibrato panel has a 3 band EQ and can be completely modified. The layout is uncluttered, considering it has so many on-board dials to match. It comes with a 2 button footswitch and if you really lack the dir, it can handle your other pedals


Remake + Authentic.
+ Electronics analog.
+ Dual orators.
+ Twin Reverberation.
Vibrato +.
+ Heavy cleansing.
+ Action by foot.


- Not for bedroom use, since some volume is needed for the tubes to get the compression to the sweet-spots. You're going to need a big room for rehearsals away from everyone you could offend.

Why We Like It

One of the most faithful reproductions out there is '65. Simply close but no cigar is more often than not a remake, but this powerhouse does not disappoint.

It has one of the best clean channels any guitarist would like, just like its progenitor. That's not to say it doesn't have a great crunch - it's flexible and can be used to play almost any genre with this amp.

If you want a heavier edge, the Vibrato panel and tube reverb give it even more flexibility and you can whack into an effects pedal.