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Blackface or Tweed for a Tele- which is better and why

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by tjmicsak, Feb 27, 2018.

  1. 724SP

    724SP Tele-Meister

    Jan 26, 2008
    Salinas, CA
    ^^My experience as well. Had a 15” amp that I loved. Just next to it, everything seemed reasonable. For the folks about 10 ft in front of it, they looked like they were in pain. I know my playing had something to do with that as well, but that 15” was like a buzz-saw if you were in front of it!
  2. Jakeboy

    Jakeboy Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 26, 2008
    Sedalia, MO
    Both sound great...and I also LOve a Tele into a Blonde or brown Fender amp as well.
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  3. digitalshrub

    digitalshrub TDPRI Member

    Apr 29, 2016
    My favorite amp is still a Brownface Fender Deluxe — can’t remember what year, but I ran my Tele and Jazzmaster through that amp for every song on my band’s most recent record. Too bad it belonged to the studio...
  4. Twang Deluxe

    Twang Deluxe Tele-Meister

    Dec 6, 2015
    I'm playing a Tele through a Deluxe Reverb (65 RI) with TC Mojomojo. I prefer Blackface amps, because they're more versatile. They have more headroom and I like the Vibrato and Reverb.
    With the Mojomojo i can easily get a nice Tweed sound. It's very cheap and it's one of my favourite Drive pedals
  5. Whoa Tele

    Whoa Tele Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 20, 2009
    Smyrna Ga.
    I've found that blackface amps with a mid knob work well for me. Currently I have a vintage sound vs 15. While it won't do authentic tweed tones aka a 5 E3 circuit cranking the mids makes the amp,a lot more versatile. I hope to order a Lil Dawg WonderDawg in the future.
  6. dustoff

    dustoff Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

    May 23, 2005
    Glenview Illinois
    I have a 1968 Twin that I use. LOVE it. I set bass=5 mids=7 treb=5 and just play !
  7. Wicked-T

    Wicked-T Tele-Meister

    Apr 1, 2017
    Tweed! enough said!
  8. Paul in Colorado

    Paul in Colorado Telefied Ad Free Member

    Mar 17, 2003
    Fort Collins, CO

    In a perfect world, I'd have my '66 Deluxe Reverb back and a nice Tweed Deluxe.

    Sadly, I don't live in a perfect world. On the other hand I have a Y2K era Vox AC-15 that gives me Instant Tom Petty with a Tele.
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  9. FenderGuy53

    FenderGuy53 Poster Extraordinaire

    May 14, 2008
    Marion, NC
    The Tele handles both admirably!
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  10. Dukex

    Dukex Tele-Holic

    Nov 8, 2012
    Of course, you have solved your own dilemma.:D
  11. buddyboy

    buddyboy Tele-Meister

    Whatever the guitarist on this recording used! I want this amp! Dinky little studio in Bakersfield, Ca. around 1962. The owner probably couldn't afford much in the way of expensive equipment, but whatever amp he chose, it created the perfect twang, if you ask me. And it's not a BF (1962 recording date).

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  12. Wobbles

    Wobbles Tele-Meister

    May 17, 2015
    Snowlake Arizona
    Tweed and Blackface are both old school. New school is digital processed, under 30 pounds, 15 knob minimum, solid state.
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  13. Pickcity

    Pickcity Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

    Oct 12, 2017
    Atlanta, Ga.
    I knew this topic would bring differing opinions. LOL...

    The Fender blackfaces have been used by country players for decades, and I would imagine they have been the most widely used in the genre. There are quite a few different models of blackfaces, though, so finding the right one for you will require some digging.

    Tweeds are also plentiful in country music and can be utilized to get just about any decent country tone, same as the blackfaces. They are different, though, and again, finding the right tweed amp for you will require more digging.

    There is more to the question than simply blackface vs tweed. I've been a country player all my life and have used a lot of different amps, and played with a lot of guys who played through everything imaginable. You can get the sound you are looking for through several different amps, not to mention other brands, like Peavey, as already mentioned. I love Fender amps and have always preferred them. I played through a Deville for years and loved it. One of the best amps I ever played through was a Music Man. LOL

    Find your own sound. Good luck
  14. SnidelyWhiplash

    SnidelyWhiplash Tele-Afflicted

    Jun 18, 2009
    I don't know. Buck Owens' favorite amp was a tweed Bassman. It was recovered in Tolex in later yrs,
    but it was a TB. :cool:
  15. h4ck.b0x7

    h4ck.b0x7 Tele-Holic

    Nov 29, 2011
    United States
    Brent Mason plays a Blackface.... we could go back and forth.
  16. wanderin kind

    wanderin kind Tele-Meister

    Apr 24, 2018
    Olympia WA
    use what sounds good, that will depend on the amp, your guitar, your playing technique, and what kind of songs you are doing. why not use both? get a Princeton Reverb or a Deluxe Reverb next to a Tweed DeLuxe. they might sound good together.

    i got a band mate who sounds the same thru everything, that is because of his technique, he likes to deaden the strings so you hear a lot of midrange.

    even the same amp model might sound different from amp to amp, especially the old tweed amps.

    want a sound right between a Tweed and a Blackface? don't want to carry a lot of luggage? stick a Tweed DeLuxe output transformer inside a Princeton Reverb. this gives you the sound of the Blackface tone stack with the compression of the tweed. (the Tweed OPT has much more DCR than the BF OPT, this is because of the gapped core which needs more turns to get the Henrys up there)
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2018
  17. Evil Funk

    Evil Funk Tele-Meister

    Sep 23, 2017
    if i was using no pedals at all (which is how i usually play), i would run my tele straight into a tweed and manipulate my sound via vol/tone knobs and pickup selection on the guitar.

    but, if i had to use pedals and needed a much more diverse palette of sounds, i would put the tele through a blackface.
  18. televillian

    televillian Tele-Holic

    Oct 3, 2013
    Clarkdale, AZ
    a lot depends on who`s playing
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  19. Airguitar

    Airguitar Tele-Meister

    Dec 21, 2010
    Benoni, South Africa
    I know of a mod you can do to a Deluxe Reverb that will give you the best of both worlds.
    The vibrato channel stays as is but the Normal channel gets rewired to Tweed spec. An A/B pedal does the rest.
  20. guitarmikey

    guitarmikey Tele-Holic

    Dec 30, 2012
    Last version of Pro Jr seems so appropiate for! Tweed indeed...
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