Fender Twin Red Knob (The Twin)

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Model/Circuit Number:
Years of Production:
1987 – 1994
Era: Red Knob
Configuration: Combo
Controls: Black, forward facing w/ white labels, controls numbered 1 – 10
Knobs: Red or Black (90-94) Unnumbered

  • Front: Vol, Treb/Boost, Mid/Cut, Bass – Ch 1 In, Ch 1 In – Ch 2 In, Ch 2 In – Gain, Treb/Boost, Mid/Boost, Bass/Boost, Presense/Notch, Vol/Channel, Reverb Select Sw, Reverb – Hi-Lo Power Sw, Standby Sw, Power Sw, Pilot Lamp
  • Rear: Fuse (4A), Effect Out, Effect In, Power Amp Thru, Loop Level Sw, Output Bias Adj, Output Balance Adj, Foot Sw, XLR Line Out, Ex Speaker Series, Ex Speaker Parallel, Impedance Sw


  • Dimensions: 22 x 26 x 12
  • Hardware: Large Chassis Straps 5 5/8”
  • Handle: Black Strap Handle
  • Feet: Glides
  • Corners: Corner Protectors


Covering Material

  • Tolex/Tweed: Black Tolex, Snakeskin, White Snakeskin, and Red Cobra
  • Grill Cloth: Dark Gray Grill Cloth

Logo: Chrome & black script
Weight: 77 lbs.

  • Size: 2 x 12
  • Impedance: 16 ohms (Two 8 ohm speakers wired in series)
  • Model: 8 ohm Eminence Made Fender Special Design Blue Label Speakers (For more info, check out the Jensen Replacement Speakers)

Effects: Reverb, Channel switching, Effects Loop
~Watts: Low: 25 Watts, Hi: 100 Watts

  • Pre amp: 5 x 12 AX7, 2 x 12AT7
  • Power: 4 x 6L6

Bias: Fixed w/ bias/balance adjust pot
Rectifier: Solid State


26 Responses to “Fender Twin Red Knob (The Twin)”

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  1. Comment by Justin LehtiAugust 3, 2011 at 7:14 pm   Reply

    Wondering if anyone can tell a few things about this amp. Is this one of Rivera’s designs? Are the control knobs, ceramic tube pods, transformers etc chassis mounted or are they mounted direct to the boards? I have an opportunity to purchase this amp and would greatly appreciated input from anyone who knows this information for sure.

    • Comment by Grizzle — January 17, 2013 at 2:12 pm   Reply

      Very late I know but for reference, they are all chassis mounted.

    • Comment by acolom — March 9, 2013 at 4:50 pm   Reply

      I have owned one for several years now and used it often. I also own a Marshal JCM900 half stack and a Mesa Boogie Mark IIB. It’s tough to beat the Marshall but the Twin is easier to move around (casters) and works more gigs for me. I really have enjoyed it.

  2. Comment by Paul Skinner — April 28, 2015 at 8:02 pm   Reply

    i just picked up a 25 year old Fender Red Knob Twin amp and absolutely love it. It’s incredible and versatile. I’m now selling my year old Hot Rod Deluxe lll and my Deville lll . They are just noise compared to this amplifier.

  3. Comment by BeBopBeCoolSeptember 11, 2015 at 8:48 pm   Reply

    I finally found a machine good enough for my es 175 at high volumes! This amp is great!

  4. Comment by Thomas — September 18, 2015 at 4:52 am   Reply

    The amp weighs about a ton.The sound is brutal and (somehow) very interesting. I bought it for gigs (battered,old) but transportation is a disaster.

  5. Comment by James DiLorenzoOctober 6, 2015 at 6:36 am   Reply

    It’s very heavy. A freaking boulder. The clean channel is a dream and the dirty channel clips so nicely and it capable of some great overdrive. Mine buzzes when the drive and or treble is set higher than it wants to be. Pretty annoying especially since I ironically used this “Evil Twin” beast in church for 11 years.
    I’ll never sell it although I’m looking at a 68 reissue Deluxe Reverb or a Vox AC 15 at the moment for most gigging which are both about half the weight.

  6. Comment by BeBopBeCoolOctober 10, 2015 at 10:08 pm   Reply

    Actually very heavy, but as my guitar guru said: “when you plug you will say: oh well, God exists! Any other solution may be lighter or more comfortable but it’s not a twin”

  7. Comment by Gresh — December 1, 2015 at 2:14 am   Reply

    Mine used to be so loud..I couldn’t turn it past 1 on the volume or the neighbors freaked…!
    That’s a 1. So I put in hte garage for about 3 years. Finally I really missed it, I got my forklift out and brought it in the house…jopking…the casters make it ok to move but if you have to lift it…you better be stout! So I plugger it in and it’s got problems. I live about 1 or 2 miles from the ocean and the tubes seem to have green corrosion on the sockets and tube pins. Now it just whispers on 10. It’s so heavy, I’m looking for a mobile amp tech but as we all know…good techs are prima donnas if you aren’t famous. So I”ll get my drummer friend next door and see if he can heft it…he’s a working man. So…I’ll say this, if it is ir was good enough for Tommy Emanuelle it’s good enough for anybody.

  8. Comment by Shugazi — December 31, 2015 at 8:35 pm   Reply

    I snatched a ’94 black knob one for 350€ two years ago.
    If you look up some info on this amp, there are some things you will read a lot.

    1: It’s heavy.
    This is true, very damn true. Carrying this around is possible, but it hurts not only your hands because of the strap+weight, but also your legs, because it crashes into them all the time. Casters work but I don’t trust them on uneven floors. Longest I had to carry it was around 100m, I was 17 at that time. It felt like hell, and when I had to carry it back drunk, it felt more like the amp was carrying me. It IS indestructible though. Still using the original valves, no sounds when turning the knobs, no loud idle noise.

    2: It’s loud.
    This is also true. I never needed to use 100W mode (you can switch between 25/100). Clean mode can be tamed if you turn the knob VERY carefully. Mine are a bit stiff, but you can probably change that if you clean the potentiometers. Second channel is a bit harder to set to your desired volume. If one day I am the only person alive in this world, I might be able to turn it up to 4.

    3: Clean channel is good, second channel is ok.
    I would say: Clean channel is great, second channel is fine.
    You can easily get some “Johnny Marr sounds” out of this amp. I have used the amp sims on my GT100 for a while and kind of forgot about my amp. At some point, I randomly decided to play without the effects unit, and I was shocked. Playing on this, if set up right, feels great, and now I don’t practice to get better, but so I can enjoy the sound of my guitar. That said, it is versatile (note the ability to use both channels at the same time), and it CAN sound great, but you can also make this sound like a guitar plugged right into a pair of 10€ desktop speakers.

    Second channel is even more versatile. You can get all kinds of sounds from this, but I rarely turn the gain over 5. Below that, you can get some great “clean-but-not-completely-clean” sounds up to hard rock. If you want a metal sound you should probably get a pedal for that, on most of my guitars I can not distinguish the single notes when I play a chord if I turn it up too much. That said, this is still a Fender, and this probably does much more than most Fenders.

    If you like great price-performance, versatility, durability and don’t mind the weight or reputation, this is a great, great amp.
    Perfect for Volvo drivers, actually.

    • Comment by EvilTwin — December 7, 2016 at 10:00 am   Reply

      How do I switch mine between 25/100 watts. I know I have to remove two tubes, but don’t know which inches. Also would I need to have it re-biased?

      • Comment by TheTwin1993 — March 14, 2017 at 12:53 pm   Reply

        Hi EvilTwin. To switch between 25/100 watts R.M.S. is a simple matter of flipping the switch on the front. It’s another awesome feature of the world’s most underrated amp! You can remove the two inner tubes as described to reduce the power further. You are then running in “Low Power Mode”, which means the switch toggles between 15/60 watts R.M.S. You need to remember to change the impedance switch to 4 ohms because you are using half the number of tubes.

        I do love the power though. I too find it difficult to find a very low at-home volume, but I love the power live. I have never met a room I could not fill using this amp, and it sounds amazing at high volumes. For the users here, high volume will be about 3! 🙂

        • Comment by Lawrence McLaughlin — March 18, 2017 at 3:49 pm   Reply

          Actually that should be 8 ohms on the impedance switch for 16 ohm speaker load – my apologies!

  9. Comment by Justin Cowley — April 12, 2016 at 3:36 am   Reply

    Does anyone know how to accurately date these bad boys? The serial numbers don’t correspond with any available Fender resources.

  10. Comment by WillJune 23, 2016 at 7:08 am   Reply

    I used to have a job lugging Fender Twins up two flights of floors – in the Middle of August in Houston.
    Not a job for the faint hearted!!

  11. Comment by kevin griffin — August 9, 2016 at 5:18 pm   Reply

    Lol at last comment. I’m in Alvin, (30 min) south of Houston, and it’s August. I’ve got one on layaway atm. Got a Custom vibrolux reverb and a broke red knob champ. So I know about the quality of the jacks. Anyone pull half of the power tubes? Does it improve the volume situation? It would be a cheaper retube.

  12. Comment by Bob — August 13, 2016 at 7:10 pm   Reply

    I have the black knob The Twin it is the answer to all the needs of my amplification ,my amp is carpet with normal Fender metallic silver cloth ! It has channels and reverbs and in/out capabilities due to the addition of both a separate gain channel and a switchable overdrive on the clean, in 1987. It featured a dual output switch, allowing the user to select either 25 watts or 100 watts of output. The Twin was designed for maximum versatility for live or studio use with features like speaker jacks with selectable impedance, Low-z/XLR output, a “Power Amp Thru” feature that bypassed the preamp circuit and a buffered effects loop. Both clean and overdrive channels could be activated simultaneously and reverb could be turned on/off for each channel. Earlier Twin Reverb amps were known among musicians to be best suited for loud, “clean” tones. The “Red Knob Twin” was made until 1994; During 1994 it was slghtly modified and the knobs were changed from red to black, keeping the same

  13. Comment by Ivan — September 3, 2016 at 6:25 pm   Reply

    Hey all.. I own a snake skin THE TWIN, with black knobs. I’m thinking it’s a 1994. I have a question regarding these amps. Were there any other changes made to these “THE TWIN” , other than the knob color? I toured a pair of these back in the 90’s and love them. This one has just been gone over by a great tech here in Tampa, and is sounding incredible. Any info regarding any aspect of these amps, would be great.. Thanks…

  14. Comment by Mark — December 2, 2016 at 1:02 pm   Reply

    I have a Red-Knob version, and it’s way too much for me. Anybody looking for one of these?

  15. Comment by Rex — December 18, 2016 at 4:12 pm   Reply

    I have a Twin Red Knob for about two years now. It has been at the repair shop for about 20 months. He says he cant get the pots to repair it from fender any more because it is manufacture discontinued. If anyone knows any thing about where to get 25k and 50k pots for the red knob please help me.

  16. Comment by Michael — January 14, 2017 at 9:55 pm   Reply

    Hi, all. I have a Red Knob that I love. It’s very versatile, very loud, and VERY heavy! I’ve had it for many years and it’s served me well but it’s time to down-size if anyone is interested. Located in central Texas.

  17. Comment by Jase NorthFebruary 28, 2017 at 3:27 am   Reply

    I used to have an Evil twin red knob. In a flight case. It fitted into the car but was a four man lift. Now the car’s suspension has gone. Along with my back. So I now have the red knob Super 60 valve amp. 1×12 half the watts just as loud and clean. But 2/3 the weight and same quality build and sound. Perfect. I would recommend the Super 60 if you value your bones.

  18. Comment by Jim — September 10, 2017 at 1:49 pm   Reply

    I have a red knob twin. Thinking of wiring two ten inch speakers (4 ohms ea.) as an extension cab. How should I wire these speakers and which ohm setting should I use on the amp? Thanks, jim

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