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King’s Fender tweed dual sits within the fringe of mild, along an Ampeg. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty pictures • Preamp tubes: One 12AY7, 12AX7s • Output tubes: 4 5881s (6L6 equivalents), fixed-bias • Rectifier: GZ34 (5AR4) tube • Controls: quantity, quantity, Treble, Bass, center, Presence • audio system: 12-inch Jensen P12Ns • Output: eighty watts RMS +/- (RAY) (Fogra 39) Job:12-27525 Title:MBI-149852 Amped #175 Dtp:204 Page:47 1958 Fender dual 5F8-a Danny Gatton performs his 1953 blackguard Fender Telecaster at Slim’s in San Francisco on July 2, 1993, via his battered tweed dual and a customized store Fender Vibro-King. Clayton Call/Redferns/Getty pictures forty eight 12/19/11 10:33 AM (Text) (RAY) (Fogra 39) Job:12-27525 Title:MBI-149852 Amped #175 Dtp:204 Page:48 To make clear: as well as the most obvious doubling of strength, the 5F8-A circuit hired a long-tailed pair section inverter, at the present the single Fender except the Bassman to accept this eloquent PI. this variation helped reduce distortion on the inverter level, which means extra of the total, unadulterated tonal goodness used to be translated to the 5881s and their biggeroutput transformer. This constitutes quite a few wiring alterations and part a dozen or so new resistors, and it nonetheless makes use of simply the single tube that the 5E8-A’s driver/splitter community required, however it takes an amp as much as the large leagues and makes the Twin’s evolution entire. From the paraphase PI and cathode-biased output degree of the unique 5C8 dual (capable of producing simply 25 watts from 6L6/5881s) to the fixed-bias output level and cathodyne inverter of the 5E8-A to the 5F8-A’s absolutely advanced circuit—that’s a reasonably large bounce in exactly six years, and it exhibits how Fender used to be romping alongside and very pushing the envelope. Rock ’n’ roll and electrical nation have been entering into complete swing as advertisement genres, renowned guitar-based track used to be discovering its strategy to higher and larger levels, and gamers have been tough extra quantity to assist them lower via. (Much is made up of Jim Marshall’s movement to 100-watters within the mid Nineteen Sixties for a similar purposes, however it used to be taking place right here first, parents! ) The 5F8-A additionally received a center keep watch over, a strong GZ34 (5AR4) rectifier, and more impregnable energy filtering (20uF electrolytic capacitors rather than the 16uF caps). The latter really give a contribution to its powerful functionality. this can be a stable position to indicate that the Twin’s pair of Jensen P12N audio system relatively weren’t as much as the duty if you happen to cranked the amp up complete whack. It’s remarkable that such a lot of of those audio system (well, a few not less than) live on to this present day. Their rankings replaced through the years, yet P12Ns of the period have been nominally rated at round 30 watts RMS (the reissues declare 50 watts). Why placed basically 60 watts worthy of speaker in an 80-watt amp? For something, that used to be some of the most strong audio system to be had within the day, for hot funds at the least. yet for one more, Leo Fender quite wasn’t proceeding those amps to be wound as much as the max for a full-on crunchfest. He was once designing for headroom, and eighty watts intended you may hold greater headroom than anything out there with the dual as much as approximately 6 or 7 at the dial and placing out 60 fresh watts, supply or take.