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.
- Model Name: Super-Sonic 60 Combo
- Series: Super-Sonic
- Amplifier Type: Tube
- Effects Loop: Effects Loop with Send Level & Return Level
- Inputs: One Input
- Auxiliary Input: 1/4" Footswitch Jack
- Speaker Jack: One Extension Speaker Jack
- Channels: Two: Vintage & Burn (Vintage Channel has Two Switchable Voices)
- Power Handling: 60 Watts into 4 or 8 Ohms (Switchable)
- Controls: Vintage Channel: Volume, Treble, Bass, Voicing Switch (Vibrolux/Bassman). Burn Channel: Gain 1, Gain 2, Treble, Bass, Middle, Volume, Master Reverb, Rear-Panel Effects Send/Return Level Controls
- Cabinet Material: 3/4" Birch/Maple Plywood Cabinet
- Pilot Light Jewel: Red Amp Jewel
- Handle: "Dog Bone" Handle
- Input Impedance: 1 M Input Impedance
- Output Impedance: 4 or 8 Ohms
- Amplifier Depth: 10.188" (25.9 cm)
- Amplifier Width: 25.3" (64.3 cm)
- Amplifier Height: 17.8" (45.2 cm)
- Amplifier Weight: 54 lbs. (24.5 kg)
- Effects: Spring Reverb
- Speaker: 1-12" Celestion Vintage 30 8 Ohm, 60 Watt Speaker
- Pre Amp Tubes: 6 x 12AX7, 2 x 12AT7
- Power 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, Fender long-spring Reverb by Accutronics, Celestion Vintage 30 Speaker, Ivory "radio" knobs, 4-button footswitch for Channel, Fat, Reverb, Effects Loop.
- FootSwitch: 3-Button Footswitch Included
- Knobs: Ivory Radio Knobs
- Cover: Amplifier Cover Included
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If you are like me, you need a variety of tones to work your gigs. Everything from squeaky cleans to massive gain finds it's way into the set list, and you need to cover all of it. Options for this type of versatility tend to fall into two camps, the tube amp with multiple stomp boxes, or modeling systems. Neither is/was totally satisfying. For most tube amps, running clean means keeping the gain/volume down, taking the amp out of it's tonal sweet spot. Modeling works fairly well, but can sound somewhat sterile, and programming can be confusing. Enter the Super Sonic.
The SS is 'technically' a 2 channel amp, with the stanard clean channel (Vintage) and dirty channel (Burn). Fender ups the ante by giving the Vintage channel two seperate voicings, each based on classic Fender designs, the Bassman and Vibrolux. It's a pretty basic layout, volume, bass and treble knobs, and a push-push button to choose the voicing (also footswitchable). Fender has done an excellent job of capturing the essence of the amps. The Bassman sounds thick and rich, while the Vibrolux is the epitome of Fender clean; bright and chimy. With Bassman voicing, pushing the volume past 4 on the dial brings out that luscious, tweedy crunch that so many find irresistable. For a bit more kick, or to push your leads out better, you can jumper the effects loop, dial in the amount of boost you want, and step on the effects loop footswitch. This feature alone enhances the versatility greatly.
The Burn channel delivers something Fender lovers have dreamt of for decades: an excellent range of satisfying distortion sounds. With 2 knobs dedicated to gain, you have everything from slight breakup to massive saturation at your beck and call. The first knob, Gain 1, gives a 'pre-amp' or stompbox kind of gain, while Gain 2 gives a thicker type of gain, like an old tube amp on 10. Mixing these two different gain types gives you an almost limit-less range of sounds, GOOD sounds. The Burn channel carries a full EQ section and volume control. There is also an excellent Accutronics reverb, with a global control. Th included footswitch control Vintage Channel voicing (Vibrolux/Bassman), channel switching (Vintage/Burn), effects loop/boost on/off, and reverb on/off.
Make no mistake, this amp is LOUD. The 60 watt power section has handled everything I've thrown at it, with ease. It even sounds great when you're forced to keep volume levels low, something that many mid- to high- powered tube amps simply cannot do.
Fender has thrown a bullseye with the Super Sonic, giving guitarists the classic Fender sound (2 of 'em!) along with an awesome OD/distortion channel. It may 'officially' be a two channel amp, but the voicing switch and boost function push it well past two channels worth of versatility. Having all that on a simple footswitch is a wonderful bonus. Heck, it'll probably open up space on your pedalboard by making at least some of your OD/distortion pedals expendable!
I like it so much I'm saving up to get the 22 watt version, for smaller venues and studio work. Now if Fender would do this using a '65 Twin Reverb and a tweed Bassman for the Vintage channel voicing...... (Posted on 4/1/2011)