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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: 1985 - Current / Fender Bonamassa 59 Twin

Grey Goose


Apr 5th, 2018 08:40 AM   Edit   Profile  

You can now order your Fender Bonamassa 59 Twin.
This looks and sounds great. 80 watts is more than I would ever need and $3500 is more than I would ever spend. A very, very cool amp!

Fender Bonamassa 59 Twin

(This message was last edited by Grey Goose at 10:49 AM, Apr 5th, 2018)

Grey Goose


Apr 5th, 2018 08:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

From other videos that I've seen on this amp. I believe the 59 Twin Mr. Bonamassa bought from Mr. Segal was used by Fender as a reference.

Very, very cool amp.

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So. Cal. USA

Apr 5th, 2018 11:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

The high power tweed Twin is a cool amp. The 5B8-A circuit. You can buy all the parts from Mojotone, a kit for under $1K and buy their fully assembled kit for under $1.4K. Less than half the cost of the Fender and actually truer to the original late 50s high power Twin as the Fender version has changes to make it current with UL, CPSC, RoHs, etc. The kits observe modern mains grounding.

You can do the low power Twin for about $100 less. 2- 6L6 power and dual tube rectifiers. It's about 35 watts. I play one of these I've built and I love it. Even this amp can be a bit loud with single coils unless you hit the front end with a clean boost or a bit of drive. I find enough clean headroom in it for surf music and when spooled up to the sweet spot, oh my, just a beautiful tone with a Strat, Tele or HB guitar. They take pedals very well. The low power Twin is the Clapton tweed Twin of a few years ago.

I was lucky and found an empty original '50s low power Twin cabinet years back on CL for very little money. This is what started me down the tweed Twin road. I have built about a dozen so far for others using Mojotone pieces with a change from Orange Drop tone and coupling caps to Mallory 150s. A more authentic look and tone IMO.

I do want to build a high power 5F8-A one of these days.

After melting a bit of solder they look like this inside:

Low power gut shot

Grey Goose


Apr 5th, 2018 11:14 AM   Edit   Profile  

Very nice Mr. Hammond and some good information as well. I would think either Twin would be somewhat of a complicated build. Building would probably be the only way I will end up with one.

I do think very highly of Mr. Bonamassa's tone, but I don't know if I would select the exact same speakers if I were building my own. I wouldn't change speakers if I were to buy one of either signature amps.

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So. Cal. USA

Apr 5th, 2018 12:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

FYI, the kits can be ordered without speakers at a slightly lower price.

I have a pair of reconed 1958 Jensen alnicos in mine. Love 'em.

These are not really complicated builds as the amps have no tremolo or reverb. All the filter caps are right there on the main board so all the wiring is simplified. You have to like working in tight placed once you mount the board and begin wiring tube socket and pots. There isn't a lot of room in there. Other than that, it takes about 12-15 hours to do a nice clean job.

Grey Goose


Apr 18th, 2018 05:19 AM   Edit   Profile  

Sold Out (150 made)


Northern CT - USA

"We're not University material."
May 6th, 2018 06:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

I saw him at the Springfield Symphony Hall in Springfield, MA a few months ago. He had a few blonde Fender amps that looked exactly like that 59 Twin.

He of course, sounded killer. And his band is off the charts good... Great show!

Funny how he's changed up his gigging gear over the years. I remember when he used to plug into Marshalls.


Southwest Florida

Alone in my principles
May 7th, 2018 09:56 AM   Edit   Profile  

I saw an interview where he said he switched to the Fenders when he did the blues tribute show. He loved the tone so much, he sold his Marshalls and Dumbles.

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