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

    • Comment by Jimmy Jack — December 22, 2013 at 6:39 am   Reply

      …drive channel….Not very usable.

      • Comment by BooBoo — February 15, 2014 at 7:42 pm   Reply

        Not very usable for Metallica tones. An open-back combo amp is not designed for metal. You can get plenty of filthy grunge sounds. And of course, it takes pedals well.

    • Comment by blakestyger — January 26, 2014 at 7:00 am   Reply

      Yes, the model pictured is the 94 Twin, not the red knob Evil Twin.

      • Comment by Tan Pants Blooze Mojo Daddy — July 31, 2014 at 9:44 am   Reply

        The Red Knob Twin was never the ‘Evil Twin’. The 93 model was, as it looked like a Twin Reverb. There was an entire ad campaign designed around this.

        Paul Rivera had nothing to do with the design of these amps, but they are very nice nonetheless.

      • Comment by lou — September 18, 2014 at 8:49 am   Reply

        The Red knob “The Twin” is not the evil twin.
        The twin amp is the evil twin.
        Why do you guys make this stuff up?
        I have a vintage guitar player magazine where Fender advertised “The Twin’ as the evil twin

  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?

  15. Comment by BossDan — April 24, 2014 at 4:31 pm   Reply

    Fender website said;;

    All Fender amplifiers manufactured from 1990 to the present include a date code, printed on the quality assurance (QA) sticker on the back of the amp chassis. This black-and-silver sticker contains several lines for “sign-offs” on completion of sound and electrical testing. The final line contains a date code of two printed or handwritten letters denoting the amplifier’s production date by year (the first letter) and month (the second letter).

    In the table below, for example, a “CE” date code indicates a production date of May 1992.

    YEAR MONTH

    1990 A January A
    1991 B February B
    1992 C March C
    1993 D April D
    1994 E May E
    1995 F June F
    1996 G July G
    1997 H August H
    1998 I September I
    1999 J October J
    2000 K November K
    December L

    i think, the error of many people is that; they read the serial number CR-XXXXXX

    it is mentioned;

    on the quality assurance (QA) sticker on the back of the amp chassis. This black-and-silver sticker contains several lines for “sign-offs” on completion of sound and electrical testing.

    Sometimes the sticker is not present in the amp chassis, sometimes it is inside the cab just up to tube label
    left side when you see of rear

    my twin amp is the same model and this sticker is inside the cabinet.

  16. Comment by TT — August 15, 2014 at 9:40 am   Reply

    According to Fender, the serial number “system” started from 1994 on, not 1990.
    Also, everyone who says their serial number is CR-XXXXXX can’t be misreading it.
    I am looking at a “Twin”, black face, with 2 inputs, 6 knobs in the first section, 5 in the second, and 3 in the last.
    It too has a serial number staring with “CR-XXXXXX”.

    Fender says that the fist letter is the year, and the 2nd letter the month.
    Well then, Fender has some more explaining to do because that doesn’t work.
    CR would be what? It’s not a misread, it’s right there on the sticker.

    Or, does the first letter indicate month and the 2nd indicate year?
    If so, then CR would be C=March, and R=2007.
    2000 is K, 01-L, 02-M, 03-N, 04-O, 05-P, 06-Q, 07-R, etc….

    Somethings not right with what Fender claims, or somethings not right with how serial numbers were assigned.

    From what years was the ’94 Twin made?
    What year did the “Pro Tube Twin” come out?
    Did it replace the ’94 style Twin?

    Also, when the “Pro Tube Twin” was out the ’65 TRRI was also out.
    Confusion. :)

  17. Comment by TT — August 15, 2014 at 9:43 am   Reply

    Also, CR can’t be mistaken for CE.
    “Twin” amp, black face, started production in 1994, so it can’t be a CE March 1992 build, at least according to how the letters are to be read.

    I’d like to know if Fender’s website is showing the month and year letters backwards.

  18. Comment by TT — August 15, 2014 at 9:55 am   Reply

    UPDATE:

    I called Fender directly and gave them my CR-XXXXXX serial number.
    The Fender rep said that at times Fender serial numbers change meaning.
    Hey, no surprise there.

    He looked up the serial number and tells me that “CR” is the code for manufacture location, which in this case is in California, USA. And, it is an amp of the “’94 Evil Twin” design.
    The numbers behind the CR gave him the month and date.
    For my “Twin” it was built in November of 1999, and again, the serial number starts with
    “CR-“, with the numbers 263701. The whole serial number is CR-263701.

    Unfortunately, I don’t know how those numbers related to month and year of manufacture.
    But, it does appear that “CR” may at least indicate that it is an “Evil Twin” design.

  19. Comment by Eric — September 1, 2014 at 6:00 pm   Reply

    I have this amp and it sounds great except I am having a problem with the middle channel which is supposed to give some overdrive. It crackles, sounds fuzzy. Comes and goes. And by the way, I think it is the best sounding channel. Other two channels, clean and max overdrive are fine.

    Suggestions to fix?

  20. Comment by Ytsejam777November 27, 2014 at 5:26 pm   Reply

    I am also having several problems finding information about my The Twin. The 1st is the date of production of my Fender “The Twin” aka “The Evil Twin”. The one with the Red Chicken Head Push/Pull pots. It is a Blackface,, Labeled “The Twin” on both the front and the back. Listed as being made in Brea, CA. Now the serial # Listed makes no sense at all. I have read this forum and tried using the listed guide for dating the amp,, but that doesn’t work. here is why. The Serial # is LO-72784 !! Nowhere is there any labeling with “CR” in it. Its Size is 26″ across, 20″ Tall (minus the Caster Height) and 10 3/4″ Deep. It IS very heavy,, about 70 lbs sounds about right. All the Pots are Are Red Chicken Head shaped Push/Pull Pots. Except for the Volume, Gain, Bass & Reverb. And unlike “The Twin” shown in the picture about. the panel is completely different and looks like all the pictures of The Twins with the Red Chicken Knobs.The first 4 pots Volume, (Treble, Mid which are Push/Pull) Bass. Followed by 4 input jacks, above all 4 inputs it says “Use Inputs for Channel 1 & Channel 2 Dual Channel Mode”, directly underneath that the 1st 2 jacks it says “Channel 1 Inputs”. Underneath the 1st 2 inputs it says “Use these inputs only for Switching Channel Mode”. The 2nd 2 jacks are listed for Channel 2 Inputs. Below the jacks is says, “Use These Channels Only For Parallel Channel Mode”. The next Pots are Gain (Not a Push/Pull), Treble Mid, Bass, Presence, Volume (all Push/Pulls) A channels Select Slider Switch for Channel 1, Both, Channel 2. Followed by the Last (non Push/Pull) pot for Reverb. Then a High/Low Power Switch, Standby/On, then lastly a Power On/Off Switch. Now,, I literally picked this amp up for a song. All it needed was new power tubes. But I have since replaced all the tubes. it has (5)12AX7’s,,(2)12AT7’s & (4) 6L6GC’s. The back Panel has 3 1/4″ jacks, a Pre-Amp Out, Pre-Amp In, Pre-Amp Thru. Then a Slider Switch Labeled Loop Level Slide Switch with 3 Positions, (Low -16dbv, Med-7dbv, High +4dbv). The Low & Med are underscored “Guitar”. It also has a Balanced XLR Line Out @600ohms (great For plugging directly into a soundboard! Along with 4 more jacks for the Foot Switch. Then the Speakers, An External Parallel, External Main, External Series. Followed by a 3 Position Slide Switch for the Speaker Impedence Settings of 4, 8, 16 ohms. Including in the back panel are 2 (screwdriver Adjustment Pots) for Output Bias Adjustment (for the Tubes) & Output Balance Adjustment. Now,,, since I have described just about everything I can about this amplifier. Is there anyone who can tell me more about it? Like when was it made? And anything else that would be helpful. This Amp is SUPER Loud! And I have never had it above 2!! In Clean mode it sounds as good as any Fender Tube Amp out there, super crystal clear, sparkling highs & and a nice deep mid & low sound. But In order to really let this “monster out of its cage” on channel 2. I have to use a Sholz Power-Soak! Which I then dial down to 1 notch above headphone level Then you can really turn this amp up to about 4 to 6, depending on the size of the room and whether you want to become deaf or not! The Power-soak really lets channel 2 Shine!!! When it is plugged in and the volume turned up,in the Pre-Amp Really comes through, the 2nd Gain stage (which is what made this amp so popular when it first came out) literally will transform the amp into any “Boutique Amp” you want!! This amp can sound like any amp you want it too. From a Marshall to a Boogie, to anything in between. And because of its massive power it can run any 4X12 out there with plenty of power to spare. this amp is really “one of a kind” and I have never heard any amp like it!! It is absolutely amazing!!! So any help that anybody can give me about this amp would be greatly appreciated! AS I would like to sell it,, as it doesn’t really fit my playing style. I have my eye on a Mesa Boogie Mark V Combo! Which will suit all my needs with its own 8 switch foot switch for my Prog-Rock style. So,, I welcome any comments about this amp….. I hope you can answer some of these questions. Is it rare? Is it worth $1k or more? Or anything else I should know? Sincerely,,,,, Jay

  21. Comment by Ed — December 8, 2014 at 7:17 am   Reply

    More CR info:
    It is interesting that the CR represents California. I have two of the Evil Twins,(long story on how that happened) Black face, 2 input, black knobs both with the CR-XXXXXX serial number.

    The weird thing is that one states on the front plate under the power light “Made in USA” and one does not. The serial number for the Made is USA is earlier.

    The plot thickens?

    Ed

  22. Comment by JH — February 8, 2015 at 9:26 am   Reply

    My two cents… BossDan s right and TT is confused. BossDan didn’t say you are misreading CR. He said it isn’t a date code and that is correct, it is NOT. So, if you are trying to interpret a date from CR then you are wasting your time. The date code as Dan said is on another sticker. My serial# is CR-258122. My date code is “JC” (1999 March).

  23. Comment by JH — February 8, 2015 at 11:12 am   Reply

    Ytsejam777,
    I am a fairly new owner of a Fender Twin (“Twin Amp”) myself. I also love this amp and I am rebuilding my pedalboard around it to use all the sounds of the channels. Both “The Twin” and the “Twin Amp” are bad ass but not one and the same. The “Twin Amp” referred to mostly in this thread is the amp AKA as the “Evil Twin”. The link to that Twin Amp manual is http://support.fender.com/manuals/guitar_amplifiers/94_Twin_Amp_manual.pdf. The link to “The Twin” manual (yours) is http://backlinerentalnederland.nl/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Fender_The_Twin.pdf. You sound like you already have the manual though. At any rate, I think these amps are both worth used $700-$900. I do like the Twin Amp better because it has basically three switchable channels…channel one has clean and switchable to add gain and than channel two is separate with its own gain. The channels all sound awesome. I like the three levels of gain with no stomp boxes involved. I also have played with an external master volume to allow to crank up the channels a bit. I can’t really tell you anything more about your amp that you haven’t already mentioned but I will mention how I am looking at setting this up. I have an MXR univibe/chorus (to add slight texture to a otherwise very linear tone) and Dunlop dual inductor wah in front and an EQ and delays in the loop. The amp reverb only like 1 sounds mostly natural to me. Pretty minimal and sounds pretty awesome. Mostly matter of taste but I think the added EQ at least is essential.

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