Fender ’48 Dual Professional JB Edition review

Joe Bonamassa’s signature recreation of this ultra-rare Fender tweed combo has been three years in the making – was it worth the wait?

Fender '48 Dual Professional JB Edition
(Image: © Fender / Joe Bonamassa)

Guitar World Verdict

The Fender ’48 Dual Professional JB Edition delivers perhaps the ultimate in tweed tone with impressive volume output and a lightweight, portable format that’s ideal for stage or studio applications.


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    Lots of mojo with that tweed tone – and that tweed covering.

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    It's plenty powerful.

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    Ceramic Celestion drivers work a treat in this amp.


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    It ain't cheap and only available via JBonamassa.com.

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The Fender Dual Professional guitar amp, introduced in late 1946 and produced until early 1948 when its name changed to the Super, is best known for being the very first electric guitar amplifier featuring two speakers, as well as Fender’s first amp with tweed covering, a top-facing chrome control panel and a finger-joint pine cabinet. 

The Dual Professional and its Super model sibling produced from ’48 until 1952, which both featured an angled V-front cabinet with an eye-catching chrome-plated metal strip holding the two speaker baffles in place, were originally designed to amplify lap steel guitars. Predating the rock and roll era, these amps were a little too far ahead of their time and didn’t sell well, so very few were produced.

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.