Fender Tonemaster Twin

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  1. 22donster

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    Hello all! Wanted my first post to be about these new tonemaster amps. I’ve always used tube amps but this thing is becoming my go to! After trying the tonemaster twin next to the tube twin at a local shop I was convinced. A couple months (and guitars) passed and I ordered one. At 30 something pounds, I didnt worry too much over the shipping. Each time I plug in and play I find myself shocked that I forget this amp is solid state. With tube like dynamics and light weight I never lug the old super around anymore. I’ve seen a lot of tube purists on the fence with these things, including myself at one point, but give them a chance you may be surprised!

    Heres a little video of me plugged straight in
     
  2. backporchmusic

    backporchmusic Friend of Leo's

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    What year Super do you have? Does this sound as good?
     
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    Maybe 20 something years old? Its a ri. The tonemaster has the super beat in the cleans and reverb department, however it doesnt compare to the tube overdrive of the super. I guess I would consider what you will be using the amp for. I needed a loud and clean amp for jazz and country gigs. I typically plug straight into my amps, so if i get called for a blues gig im bringing something I can dime.
     
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    archetype Fiend of Leo's

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    I'd like to know what you're comparing the Tonemaster to. There's no Super RI. Was it a '63 Vibroverb RI?
     
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    Fretting out Friend of Leo's

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    Haven’t they reissued super reverbs since the mid 90’s
     
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    I believe my super reverb RI is from the late 90’s. I compared the tonemaster to that amp and a Tube twin reverb ri at the shop.
     
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    Fretting out Friend of Leo's

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    Welcome!

    I got the tone master twin around March and have been continued to be impressed with it
    The dynamics are a little different and some effects don’t react the same but I find it to be a great sounding amp

    I think most people that don’t like it just don’t WANT to like it

    The only way I warmed up to one is because I was testing a guitar through what I thought was a deluxe, the store had the amps stacked so you couldn’t see the tone master badge
    The only way I could tell it wasn’t a “real” deluxe is when I saw the price tag was lower

    Blew my mind that it didn’t have any noticeable electronic/modeling giveaways in how it sounded

    So I eventually tried the twin and loved it

    Of course it’s a throwaway amp but I’ll be happy if I get a good ten years out of it then I’ll have a nice pine cab and some speakers
     
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    Well said!! Every amp will differ a bit but in a live situation i doubt anyone would be able to tell the difference. I just love the consistency of the tone. It seems to always sound the same where as a tube amp sounds a little different every time I fire one up
     
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  9. chris m.

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    That’s some mighty impressive country playing. You sir are a master of the Telecaster....
     
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    Well thank you!
     
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    codamedia Poster Extraordinaire

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    Are you thinking of a different amp... the Super is definitely part of the '65 RI line.

    Sounds great... excellent playing. Would I be right in assuming you are a Scotty Anderson fan?
     
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  12. 22donster

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    Thanks!! Oh yes... a huge influence of mine. Scariest player around
     
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    Man, dats some kinda pickin'!!!!
     
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  14. That Cal Webway

    That Cal Webway Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    Love your playing!!
     
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  15. That Cal Webway

    That Cal Webway Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    I live 40-50 mi from Scotty A.
    Saw him at a dive with maybe 30 people in attendance.
    He is 500% pure-for-real live!!

    And a super kicked- back nice guy.
     
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  16. Ignatius

    Ignatius Tele-Afflicted

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    GREAT playing! Love it!

    Gentlemen (and ladies of course): here we have an example of a musician who spends more time on the music than arguing in internet forums about whether or not amps need to be hand wired or made in a particular country or are throwaway amps or aren’t "real" because they don’t have tubes or have digital fizziness (detectable only when you’re playing the same tired licks by yourself in your bedroom) etc., etc., etc.

    My guess, and I think it would be an accurate one, is that this guy can play circles around most who argue the loudest about the above...if not most people in this forum.

    You’re of course free to conclude from that what you will. I know what I conclude.
     
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  17. archetype

    archetype Fiend of Leo's

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    Got it. In the original post you said Super, so I thought you meant a Fender Super amp instead of a Fende Super Reverb amp.
     
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  18. Mike M

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    Have the Tonemaster Deluxe, and LOVE it, the TM's are great amps.
     
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    Wow. Great player
     
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    Thanks!
     
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