The Mini '57 Twin is a super-cool little jammer with a realistic vintage visual vibe. The genuine tweed-covered wood cab contains built-in distortion; power, volume, and tone controls; plus one seriou... Read More
The Mini '57 Twin is a super-cool little jammer with a realistic vintage visual vibe. The genuine tweed-covered wood cab contains built-in distortion; power, volume, and tone controls; plus one serious watt of power and 2 - 2" speakers. A 9V power adapter jack can be used in place of the 9V battery. Plug into the 1/4" headphone jack to get genuinely cool tone for practicing or even use it as a line out to a power amp or recording gear.
NOTE: Fender headstock not included - requires purchase of Fender Telecaster.
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Reviewed by 21 customers
I decided to buy one of these because I figured it would be a fun little practice amp, and it just looked cool with my 1988 '52 RI Tele. I was disappointed with the sound out of the built in speakers, but I could tell there was potential when it was used with headphones. I pulled the back off of it and hooked the speaker leads to a 1X12 Vox extension cab (loaded with a Celestion Greenback)and it ROCKED! That convinced me to pull the whole thing apart, lacquer the tweed covering (even better looking and a classic finish for a tweed amp), drill a hole in the back and mount a Switchcraft 12A 1/4" phone jack (normalled to the stock twin 2" speakers) so I can plug it into any cabinet I choose. The headphone jack can be used as is to drive headphones, or run through a passive summing box and become a mono line level signal to run into a mixing console. One word of caution - as the 9V battery drains, it does affect the sound slightly, so it is a good idea to run it on a power supply when you can.
I originally got the Danelectro Hodad, the one with the effects, but the only good sound it had was the 50's-ish slapback echo, which has very few applications. Plus, I liked that the Fender minis were a little larger. SO, I got this one home and plugged in the 9v adapter I got for it. I smelled the familiar scent of burning electronics, and lo and behold, this little guy was billowing white smoke. Oops. I still have no idea why, but not being one to give up, I threw a 9v battery in (in my mind, to total the devastation before having to return yet another mini-amp) and the 9v battery makes this work like an absolute dream. It sounds great, even mic'ed up, well enough to blend with my 100-watt Marshall half stack. The amp itself looks great. Real tweed cover, wood cab, real grille cloth, and the nice little leather handle looks great. I can only assume mine is defective, but I don't feel like returning it and dealing with another item on backorder, which seems to be getting more and more common with GC. My advice: don't get this if you're opposed to batteries. Don't even bother trying it with an adapter if you're a battery person. As long as you can work with that, enjoy what may be the greatest mini-amp ever.
I returned the Danelectro Honeytone amp and bought this one. This amp is 100 times better than the Honeytone. It sounds great with the speakers or the headphones. It looks cool too. It's well worth the extra $. If you want a small portible practice amp, you won't go wrong with this one.
I picked this up as a gift for a guitarist thinking they would enjoy it, THEY LOVE IT. I was quite shocked to hear the great tone coming from this thing. I immediately went out and bought one for myself for my electric violin after playing with it (which also sounds great on this amp). It absolutely makes for a great little practice amp, especially with the 9v battery option you can carry this thing around the house or to your backyard. As far as durability goes it is light, which I dont view as a bad thing, definitely seems like it can take quite a bump. Also the tweed is some awesome icing on this beautiful cake.
I bought this amp to play inside my home without making loud noise and space too. This amp is great. i love it with the nice clean tone and distortion too. i recomend it to any one who really needs a nice little amp with good sound. It works great for a small speaker too for my laptop. Best Small Amp Ever.
This little amp is a lifesaver if you need to play at low volumes and don't want to use headphones! It sounds great as long as you dial it in right. The cleans are a little quiet, but I have noticed that this little amp responds very well to your guitar's volume, and surprisingly well to your picking. It isn't as responsive to picking as a real tube amp, but its more responsive than my solidstate Peavey Vypyr!
This mini-amp comes with a great deal of energy. Perfect for simple power chord -riffs, but lacks a clean volume. Turning the drive down also turns off the volume,apparently. The pure emotion of the drive makes this okay;however. I highly recommend this to the beginner, starting out by learning said riffs by ear.
This amp sounds great, with or without taking price into consideration. I was looking for a small and inexpensive amp for home use, and this is it! I tried the Vox Amplug w/ mini cabinet and was unimpressed. I plugged into the Mini Twin and was blown away by the difference in sound! The amp can give you a super clean tone, or a high-gain, distorted tone. I feel like this amp is very versatile, a great value, and sounds great for the price. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a small, inexpensive practice amp for personal use (so long as you aren't playing metal). Plus; the amp looks great! You will not be disappointed!
I bought this much like many others who are taken by this amp's vintage look, along with it's portability and sound. I bought two to run them in stereo from my fx processor so I can travel with a stereo rig to hotels, or guest stays. Easy to use, easy to make great sounds with. I play both my Les Paul Standard and Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster through the Mini Twin and never have a second thought about this being a junk product. Absolutely great for jamming anytime and anywhere!
Awesome little amp, for a battery powered, mini. Distortion and clear tones amazed me. Completely happy with my purchase.
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