a few 12-string-based projects, and neither a
cut in power nor speaker count affected the
Twinolux’s ability to convey the 12-string’s harmonic complexity. In fact, I might have been
more inclined to use the attenuated output in
a recording environment for rhythm work and
arpeggios, given its warmth and overall civility.
The tremolo is effective for a subtle wash
and lending movement to simple rhythm
work—particularly when working that dry,
spanky Stratocaster tone zone. But though
Fender says the tremolo is throbbier than
their typical ’60s-style circuit, I didn’t find
it quite as swampy as the circuits in my reissue Vibroverb or my vintage Tremolux, even
at the most aggressive intensity settings.
Don Rich. And needless to say, Slowhand
himself must be proud at how readily this
amp can move from round and wooly
Cream-era tones to 461 Ocean Boulevard
without a hitch.
There are a few drawbacks. This amp
will sound too brittle and trebly for a lot of
Stratocaster players who like a meatier kind
of chiminess. And the lack of reverb when
you do get that ideal Fender tone locked
in can be just short of excruciating. The
Twinolux isn’t cheap either, at almost three
grand out the door. But given the Twinolux’s
range and beautiful build quality, this may
be the only amp you need for 80 percent of
the music you make, and given that math, it
may be worth the investment. Considering
everything this amp can do, it might just be
a perfect launching pad for exploration of
your own musical voice—even if you’ve never
heard an Eric Clapton record in your life.
you’re on the hunt for a perfect mar-
riage of Fender 6L6 versatility and a
wide range of Slowhand tones.
you need Marshall-style gain on top
of your clean, biting tones.
Apart from the obvious high-gain applications, it’s hard to imagine a musical setting in
which the EC Twinolux wouldn’t excel. The
burly, bassy end of its tone spectrum and
exceptional touch sensitivity make it a great
jazz amp. Roll up the Treble a touch and
kick on the treble pickup of your Telecaster
and you’ll be kicking down barn doors like
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