Fender Twin (The Evil Twin)

Fender Twin (The Evil Twin)
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Model/Circuit Number: E45
Years of Production:
1995 – Present
Era:
Configuration: Combo
Controls: Black, forward facing w/ white labels
Knobs: Black skirted w/ chrome center, numbered 1 – 10
Faceplate

  • Front: In, In, Vol/Bright, Gain, Treb, Bass, Mid, Vol/Channel – Gain, Treb, Bass, Mid, Vol/Channel – Mix, Reverb, Presence – Pilot Lamp
  • Rear: Fuse, Power Sw, Standby Sw, Hi-Lo Output Sw, Effects Level Sw, Effect Send, Effect Return, Preamp Out, Power Amp In, Output Bias Adj, Output Balance Adj, Foot Sw, Rever Select Sw, Effects Select Sw, XLR Line Out, Ex Speaker Series, Ex Speaker Parallel, Impedance Sw

Cabinet

  • Dimensions: 20 x 26¼ x 11½
  • Hardware: Large Chassis Straps 5 5/8”
  • Handle: Black Strap Handle
  • Feet: Glides
  • Corners: Corner Protectors

 

Covering Material

  • Tolex/Tweed: Black Tolex
  • Grill Cloth: Silver sparkle grill cloth

Logo: Grill mounted, raised, chrome & black script
Weight: 77 lbs.
Speaker

Effects: Reverb, Channel Switching
~Watts: Low: 25 watts ; Hi: 100 watts
Tubes

  • Pre amp:
  • Power: 4 x 6L6GC

Bias: Fixed with bias/balance adjustment pot
Rectifier: Solid State

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  1. Comment by Frank DistefanoJuly 20, 2011 at 12:57 am   Reply

    does anyone know where the current model is made?

  2. Comment by Dan — September 14, 2011 at 12:52 pm   Reply

    Don’t know for ABSOLUTE, but I believe most Fender amps made after 1996 are made in Ensenada, Mexico. The amp on THIS page was made from 1994 to 2001. The next generation that was made from 2002 to around 2010 gas a tremolo circuit, one instrument input, and a different back.

  3. Comment by Glenn — September 24, 2011 at 3:38 am   Reply

    As Dan said, the amp above is whats known by amp guys as the ’94 twin’,  infact Fender used to call it that aswell. It was part of the pro range designed by Paul Rivera before he did his own thing.
    It is a very differenent animal to the ‘evil twin’ which had the distinct red knobs. It is also very different to its replacement model.
    The ’94 Twin’ is one of the most feature laden amps Fender ever produced, it has dual input, clean/gain and drive channels with switchable bright modes and presence control, full eq controls for each channel, valve driven long spring reverb, valve buffered rack effects loop, pre out/power in loop, mono/stereo 4/8/16 ohm output with series/parallel switch.
    The clean is pure blackface, the drive was aimed at early boogie territory

  4. Comment by Tim — November 28, 2011 at 6:36 am   Reply

    I bought a Evil Twin i 1999-2000 and I must say it is the best amp I have ever owned.  I have only had to replace some tubes and the reverb tank in twelve years.  I consider these items consumable like tires and spark plugs.  The tubes would have to been replaced on any tube amp and most all reverb tanks fail eventually.  The amp sounds great and has many pro features.  I will keep her forever.   Avoid the model with red knobs that loks otherwise similar.  They are nothing but trouble.

  5. Comment by Blakestyger — March 7, 2012 at 2:42 pm   Reply

    The PR266 model I have was made in Feb 1997, made in USA indicated on the back panel. Yes, a very different sounding amp.

  6. Comment by Dan — April 17, 2012 at 7:01 am   Reply

    Thanks, Blakestyger, good eyes. Yes, my 1999 model sez “Made in USA” as well…… BTW, because this is a hefty amp to lift, I took out the electronics and made a custom head cab and mounted it in it. Looks original. I also made two other/more ext cabs to make travel/moving it mucho easier. Now my stack can be any combination of…. a single 2X12 cab….. TWO 2X12 cabs….. one 2X10 with two compression horns, and any of the cabs can be speakers- in- series for 16 ohms…… two speakers in stereo for 8 ohms per side…. or speakers in parallel for 4 ohms…. and those extra jacks on the rear allows for many variations…….. SWEEEEET AMP.

  7. Comment by Cmcneil9 — May 30, 2012 at 6:55 pm   Reply

    How do I tell how old my Fender Pro Tube Twin is: The serial # is CR-318976 and on the Q.A. Sticker it only has a hand written W.
    Any help appreciated.
    Thanks

    • Comment by sam — May 31, 2012 at 8:01 am   Reply

      Well it looks like a 1992 however the second character is off. Could it be a B? If it was a “B” instead of an “R” it would be February 1992.

  8. Comment by Keith — June 23, 2012 at 11:18 am   Reply

    How do i tell how old my ‘Evil Twin’ is 
    it’a a type PR 266  serial # CR 103 217 ??
    Made in USA ….And it’s a Blackface..

  9. Comment by Ryan Con Jovi ConwayOctober 24, 2012 at 1:06 pm   Reply

    Don’t buy the one with the button style bright switch, it is much deeper (the cabinet) and its cheap sounding. The actual 1994 models, which are rare, have a push/pull bright switch, a cabinet that is thinner by about 1 3/4 of an inch (the measurement from the front of the amplifier to the rear)…it also has a much better gain channel and speakers. They are $1000 used CDN, the new one is something like $1700 CDN and I’ve played one (and I own a 1994) and they are lame…

    If you think its an “Evil Twin” also, you are wrong. Correctly, a person later in the thread identifies this amplifier correctly as the Red Knob Twin and its only Evil because its a bandaid and never functions properly. It is too powerful, too loud, hard to tweak and barky. The 1994 ProTube TwinAmp is simply put a properly voiced Mesa Mark IV with a blackface clean channel, which is a serious rig for blues, rhythm guitar in a rock band, and most metal (notwithstanding the ludicrous gain stages used in Death Metal etc….these can be achieved through power attenuation, an equalizer in the tube driven effects loop or through the use of a treble booster, tube screamer or any combination of effects pedals in front of the input channel. I use a wah pedal for a boost.

    • Comment by blakestyger — January 26, 2013 at 11:07 am   Reply

      The 1997 model The Twin which I have also has the push/pull bright as well as a push/pull on the second channel volume knob for channel select if you are not using the footswitch. This amp needs volume at around 5 and a time to warm up before its shows its characteristic sound. Guitar volume to taste.

  10. Comment by Julian ArcosMarch 25, 2013 at 4:53 pm   Reply

    jhi there, I have one , the red butons , I have a question for you guys, the reverb funcion even without the foot switch? I dont have it, but If I move the amp IT make the tipical reverb rumble, so what its your opinion? gracias.

  11. Comment by Chris — March 30, 2013 at 12:34 pm   Reply

    The one I have looks just like this one but under Twin Amp it says Professional Tube Amplifier Made in U.S.A. (instead of Fender Musical Instruments). I checked the quality assurance sticker on the chassis and it looks like it Says CHS written across both lines and then either a zp or zd written on the second line. This doesn’t make any sense as to all the info I am finding on the internet as to what the production year is. I love this amp but yes it weighs a ton so lately I am using my Traynor YCV40 for jamming here and there for much easier transport. Any idea what years this sucker is? I know I bought it around 2002 and or so from Long and Macquade.

    • Comment by mojotone — April 1, 2013 at 3:15 am   Reply

      Hi Chris, what you have is the ’94 Twin Amp, which had the “Professional tube…….” under The Twin Logo.

  12. Comment by Tony Trout — October 29, 2013 at 2:55 am   Reply

    Are these amps still available and at what cost (in U.S. dollars, please)? After thirteen years of having a Fender ’65 DRRI amp, I’m finding it too limited for what I am looking for.

    • Comment by Bennyshambles — March 20, 2014 at 10:35 am   Reply

      I just got mine (the ’94 Twin Amp with two inputs, not the one input replacement) at this vintage music/guitar shop here in Dallas called Shake Rag for $850, which is on the pricier side of things. I usually see them on eBay for $600 – $900, but the reason I’m OK with paying a bit more is because I was able to pay for it on layaway. I’m assuming these amps aren’t in the $1000-$2000 range because they’re from the 90′s and aren’t as vintage as all the Fender classics. They are an excellent, affordable, and versatile option for guitarists who want a performance level tube amp with the classic Fender sound but on a relative budget. I play mostly Post-Punk, Post-Hardcore, and Indie Rock, so the clean and gain channels are absolutely ideal. I’d actually recommend this over a Twin Reverb unless you only want clean and loud.

  13. Comment by Ash Telecaster — March 17, 2014 at 9:05 am   Reply

    Yes this thread is very old but I just couldn’t resist posting a comment.

    I own this amp. There has been so much confusion over what amp is the “Evil” Twin. I have done quite a bit of research on the subject. This amp, the ’94 PR266 Twin Amp, is the official “evil” Twin, it is a black face, and has been correctly labelled by Ampwares.

    I suppose you could say the red knob Twin is also an evil Twin as so many people call it that. The 94 Twin was refered to as the Evil Twin in some of the Fender liturature. This was never the case with any of the other Twins. People incorrectly associated the nomenclature “evil” to the Red Knob because of it’s red knobs.

    Thats ok. It doesn’t matter if you associate the Red Knob to the label evil but you shouldn’t try to correct people who call the 94 Twin the evil Twin as technically they are more correct than you are.

  14. Comment by Patrick Twin Guy — March 25, 2014 at 2:10 pm   Reply

    I own a Twin Amp purchased at Steve’s Music in Ottawa years and years ago.

    It’s serial number starts with CR, which according to the Fender product dating website two letters represent the year and month of manufacture.

    As you can see with my CR serial number, C=1992 but the second letter is supposed to represent the month, however, there are only twelve months in a year, hence it should end at L…so why does mine have an R?

    …anybody?

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