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Fender Stratocaster & Fender Twin Reverb While the Twin Reverb technically has more power than the Bassman (running at 85 watts rather than 50), it’s arguably better known for its low-volume sweetness. Where the Bassman is bright, the Twin Reverb is best when it’s warm and bassy, getting a crystal-clear chime few amps can emulate. The iconic spring reverb is second to none, and the separate Vibrato channel allowed players to either add some warble or simply thicken up their sound when rolling the Rate knob back. The legendary Stratocaster would come out two years later and it would be a match made in heaven. Adding more pickups, more tone controls, and a whammy bar, Fender marketed the Stratocaster on its diversity, and the most famous guitarists of the day would show that off to the world. The ‘50s had the tender pop rock of Buddy Holly, the early ‘60s would have the furious surf-stylings of Dick Dale, the late ‘60s would have the psychedelic fuzz blues of Jimi Hendrix, and the ‘70s would have prog-rock gods like David Gilmour. With the different effects and playing styles all mentioned artists would have, there was little the Stratocaster and Twin Reverb couldn’t do. 38 TONE TALK // 5 Legendary Guitar and Amp Combinations Throughout History