Super-Sonic™ amplifiers are the favorite tool of pro guitarists in many different musical genres who love to create glorious Fender® clean tones and expressive modern high-gain tones with one no-nonsense tube amp. The vintage channel is based on two legendary Fender favorites, and the awesome burn channel ignites musical inspiration with overdrive flavors ranging from bluesy to flame-throwing. The Super-Sonic 60 delivers increased bass response and fatter tone, and its heavily saturated tube overdrive and sustain can be fine-tuned without masking the tonal character of your guitar. And by popular demand, the new Super-Sonic 60 models are available in two classic cosmetic treatments - Black/Silver and 1961-style Blonde/Oxblood, both with ivory “radio” knobs and flowing 1960s script logo.
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I've been using an old 72 Marshall 50 watter for the past 25 years and although I love the amp, I got tired of clutter on the floor as far as foot pedals or pedal boards. Usually, my set up consisted of and never without a Multivox Tape echo, which was last in line before the head. On the floor, I used 3 distortion pedals. The main pedal was the older Nobels distortion with mid, bass and treble controls. Then a tube screamer and an old DOD 555 distortion. The tube screamer and 555 never had full gain, that was for the Nobels pedal which sounded totally AWESOME into the 1987 head or my old Traynor YBA1-A head (think 38 Special). The Marshall was different then others, it had a darker sound and I loved that about that head, I hate the newer bright in your face sound of the newer Marshalls. Everything head wise went into a 1960A Marshall cabinet which I reloaded with Warehouse guitar speakers, one side was the Vintage and the other was the Classic series. The best part was, I got these when they just started the co, or actually before they started it when they first did a buyout of speakers from another co. I paid 20 for a Vintage which I stuck in my Reinhardt 18 combo...whew!! Talk about an up grade!! I was so impressed that I bought one for another combo and then the other 4 mentioned for my Marshall 4x cabinet. Same ohmages as the Celestion 75's. It made the cabinet heavier but it had a much beefier and sustainable sound. Half the time I used only two 12's for better sustain.
When I got tired of all the floor stuff, I bought an Egnater Renegade 65 which I thought was way to bright. It had great features with the assignable effects loop and all that but much too bright for me. That went up for sale and a guy from Jersey called me about it and wanted to trade for the Supersonic 60 head, I'm in Reading PA, I heard the amp and did the trade. Since then I bought the 22 combo for my blues band set up. I "LOVE" this combo!!!! My DOD Echo's in the loop, OFF the floor!
Blueshand58 owns this item
This is the most flexible amp I've ever played. A multi-amps guitar rig is a very expensive setup. For example, a Fender Vibrolux, a Fender Bassman and a Marshall JCM 800, more the equipment of Palmer or Radial multi-selector and sharing pedalboard between amps can reach thousands of dollars. The Fender Super Sonic 60 Head gave me this setup from an economical, light and lean way, providing two vintage voices with Passive EQ, the blackface tone of Vibrolux, the tweed tone of Bassman and a third modern voice that you can sculpt through an Active EQ and two stackable stages of gain where I use with help of pedals to get a Marshall JCM 800 tone and all these voices are under the control of my feet on my pedalboard.
One of the biggest advantages of version Head to define your tone is the opportunity to use different speaker cabinets that the Jensen P10R 10" AlNiCo speakers that comes with the vintage combo amps. You choose the speakers you want and I prefer cabinets with 2 speakers of 12" ceramic Celestion Vintage 30 @ 4 Ohms. I strongly suggest the Vibro King VK212B Extension Enclosure Speaker Cabinet. The width of cabinet is exactly the same width of amplifier, like a Marshall half stack.
Other feature only found in modern and expensive amplifiers from great brands are FX Loops with level control of sending and returning of signal chain. This can be used to avoid clipping of overdrived signal, to compensate for signal loss on long pedalboards or to serve as a clean booster if bypassed with a short cable.
However not all are flowers:
Considering it is a medium-wattage amp, with only 2 x 6L6GC tubes and 60 watts, this amp gets hot enough to fry eggs. Excessive heat is worrisome because the tracks of PCB - Integrated Circuit Board can crack easily in a short time of use, causing leakage of electrolytic capacitors and the burn of tubes and transformers, parts more expensive from amp.
In the Vintage channel, when you change the voice Vibrolux to the voice Bassman, the volume increases significantly and that's a rookie mistake disconcerting when we play live. I have to flatten the volume pedal every time I change the channel or voice.
There is no plausible reason to justify the withdrawal of Tube Spring Reverb of Head version than not the reduction of cost of production when the Combo version already possessed it by default. However, the retail price has not been substantially reduced. This was a design choice of product engineering regrettable. Tube Spring Reverb is one of the most striking and appreciable features of the brand Fender. Besides do lack, depreciate the value added of the product to the end consumer.
fernandosantucci owns this item
|Model Name:||Super-Sonic™ 60 Head, Black, 120V|
|Controls:||Vintage Channel: Volume, Treble, Bass, Voicing Switch (Vibrolux®/Bassman®). Burn Channel: Gain 1, Gain 2, Treble, Bass, Middle, Volume, Rear-Panel Effects Send/Return Level Controls|
|Effects Loop:||1/4" - (Send/Return) with Send and Return Level Control|
|Inputs:||One - 1/4"|
|Speaker Jack:||Two 1/4" Parallel|
|Channels:||Two - (Vintage & Burn: Vintage Channel has Two Selectable Voices)|
|Cabinet Material:||7-Ply 3/4" Birch/Maple Plywood|
|Pilot Light Jewel:||Red Jewel|
|Handle:||Molded Rubber "Dog Bone" Style|
|Grill Cover:||Black textured vinyl covering|
|Amplifier Depth:||9.6" (14.5 cm)|
|Amplifier Width:||25.3" (64.3 cm)|
|Amplifier Height:||8.6" (21.9 cm)|
|Amplifier Weight:||32 lbs. (14.5 kg)|
|Pre Amp Tubes:||Groove Tubes® - (5 x 12AX7), (1 x 12AT7)|
|Power Tubes:||Groove Tubes® - (2 x 6L6)|
|Unique Features:||VINTAGE channel contains pre-gain tone controls and two switchable voices, BURN channel contains dual gain controls and post-gain EQ, allowing tonal experimentation, Ivory "radio" knobs, 3-button footswitch for Channel, Fat, Effects Loop, Mates perfectly with the Super-Sonic 60 212 Enclosure (p/n 216-1200-010 Black) (p/n 216-1200-410 Blonde)|
|FootSwitch:||3-Button Footswitch Included|
|Knobs:||Vintage-Style White Radio|
|Cover:||Fitted Cover Included|
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