Fender Blackface Twin Reverb
Model/Circuit Number: AB763
Years of Production: 1963 – 1967
Controls: Black, forward facing w/ white labels
Knobs: Black skirted w/ chrome center, numbered 1 – 10
- Front: Normal: In, In, Bright Sw, Vol, Treb, Mid, Bass – Vibrato: In, In, Bright Sw, Vol, Treb, Mid, Bass, Reverb, Speed, Intensity – Pilot Lamp
- Rear: AC Outlet, Ground Sw, Fuse (2Â½A), Power Sw, Standby Sw, Speaker Jack, Ex. Speaker Jack, Vibrato Jack, Reverb Jack, Reverb Out, Reverb In
- Dimensions: 20” x 26 1/8” x 10 1/2”
- Hardware: Large Chassis Straps 5 5/8”, 16” Tilt-Back Legs
- Handle: Black Plastic Strap
- Feet: Chrome Glides
- Corners: Chrome Corner Protectors
- Tolex/Tweed: Black Tolex
- Grill Cloth: Black/White/Silver
Logo: Grill mounted, raised, chrome & black script
Weight: 69 lbs.
- Size: 2 x 12
- Impedance: 4 ohms
- Model: Jensen C12N or Oxford 12T6(For more info, check out the Jensen Replacement Speakers)
Effects: Reverb, Tremolo
~Watts: 85 watts
- Pre amp: 7025
- Power: 4 x 6L6GC
Bias: Fixed with bias adjustment pot.
Rectifier: Solid State
Comments: Beginning in early 1966 Fender offered JBL D-120F Speakers as an ”premium upgrade” to the Twin Reverb. Some early Twin Reverbs have tube charts specifying 7355 power tubes. It is unclear if any shipped in this configuration.
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I have a 67 TR with original Altec speakers- 417Bs. With humbuckers, the highs chime like bells, and the lows rumble in a deep, authoritative way. I love it.
I stumbled across a pair of ’64 Altec 417-8H by mere chance, thinking they were some sort high-priced JBL D120s or E120s. But nothing of it! They have remarkably sweet highs and compress nicely at manageable volumes, mids are present. Nowhere as ‘sterile’ or ‘ice-picky’ as usually attributed to JBL. I really think of them as high-powered P12Ns, making a perfect fit for my blackfaced bassman and surf tones.
Quote “Beginning in early 1966 Fender offered JBL D-120F Speakers as an ”premium upgrade” to the Twin Reverb” In early 1966 Fender Shipped the new JBL D131F (12 inch) JBL Speakers in S.O. (Special Order) Amps. The D131F JBL Speaker is so rare in the Fender Amps only a few have survived. The D120F JBL was first made in the Fall of 1966, any amp with a JBL D120F Speaker in the amp before the Fall of 1966 is not the original speaker to the amp. Many people claim amps to have the original D120F JBL Speakers in them before the Fall of 1966, but they are not well informed. The Beatles, Jimmy Hendrix and The Allman Bros all got the first Twins with the D131F Speakers in Feb of 1966 (PB). My Twin with the factory JBL D131F Speakers is also a PB build. Most of the Sp3ecial Order amps have hand written Tube Charts and the Production line has ( S.O.) for the Special Order.
I have a 1964 TR with original D131Fs and the 7355 tube chart.
What is a PB Build?
I’d have to say that the Fender Twin is THE ultimate guitar amp of choice for any serious lead guitar player on the planet. At its introduction, and since, it is a hoss of an amplifier that will do anything asked of it. RIP Leo Fender. You were a genius.
Can someone help with dating my Fender Twin Reverb? Info is as follows:
Blackface Fender Twin Reverb AB763, Corona, California.
Speakers are Fender special made in Italy, frame number..C12K 8ohms each
Transformers code A037610
Serial number: AC060417
Has tilt back legs
Thank you for any help
None of those numbers translates to a 60’s blackface. Here are the serial numbers for 64-67:
Twin Reverb AA763, AB763 (blackface)
A00100 to A01000 – 1964
A01000 to A04300 – 1965
A04300 to A07000 – 1966
A07000 to A10400 – 1967
Hi Craig, did you ever get an answer? I ask because I have an identical amp, serial number AC061592
If it says “Corona” on the amp, then the amp is definitely not from the 60’s. The Fender factory in Corona wasn’t built until the mid-1980’s. Before that it was Fullerton, CA. See the link below. Looks like your amp may be from 1990.
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I have a Twin 65 Reissue. And I love it!
Is it Possible to remove 2 output tubes to Lower the sound, without hurtig the amplifier?
Yes refer to YouTube (Fender Twin Mods). About a 4 min video.
Sorry that YouTube channel for the Fender Twin is. (Easy Fender Twin Reverb Mod)
I have a 1964 twin reverb with tube replacement chart indicating 7355 power tubes.
Amp still has original 7355 tubes shipped from factory.