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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-10-2006, 03:59 AM Thread Starter
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Need some help with my Fender Super Reverb

Hi everyone!

I have a Fender Super Reverb amp that I bought from a friend a few years back. I am trying to figure out what year it is, and what all of the fuss is about the "blackface mod."

I have been looking around on the net for the past few hours trying to figure this out, but I don't think I know enough about the amps to make an assumption about what it is.

So, if any of you jemsiter's are fender amp experts, i could sure use your help =)

Here is what I have gathered:

It is a Silverface amp. It has the Fender logo, chrome, no tail. It has a master volume switch that can be pulled out and it makes the amp damn loud It has 2 channels, one with a volume, treble, mid and bass pot. The other has volume, treble, middle, bass, reverb, speed, intensity. Both channels have a bright switch. On the back of the amp, the power rating is 70 watts. It has 4 10" Fender speakers in it.

If anymore information is needed, I can look at the amp and take some pics, just let me know what parts you need to see.

I would like to know what year it is, what its approximate value is, and if anyone knows a good tube amp tech in Arizona that can give it a look over for me? It makes some scratching sounds when I turn some of the knobs.

also, do I need the footswitch to engage the reverb effect? It does not sound like it is working.

thanks for all of your help in advance!
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-10-2006, 08:36 AM
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Re: Need some help with my Fender Super Reverb

I'm sorry mate, I don't have a clue about amps! Although I do know you don't need the footswitch to use the reverb. It should work just by turning the reverb control up. If it's not working you've got problems.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-10-2006, 10:35 AM
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Re: Need some help with my Fender Super Reverb

Yes you do need a footswitch to turn the reverb on and off. If it is turned on and still does not work you want to check the 12ax7 tube that drives the reverb. It is probably dead. Your Super sounds like one of the newer ones (late 70's) because you say it is 70 watts. Most of them are 45 watts but I heard that some late model ones were higher output. As for blackfacing don't bother. I think thats a lot of hype unless your a vintage tone freak. Plus unless the amp is really old, like '69 silverface you wont really be able to get it to blackface specs. They changed a lot over the years. Anyway if you amp is working properly it should have some seriously crazy clean headroom. A heavy distortion pedal in front will sound prety cool too.

This is the place for info...

Value wise it is not the most collectable model because it's not one of the older ones BUT it is a quality tube amp and should sound great. If it hasn't been looked at in a long time you should have a tube amp guy look it over. Maybe replace the caps and replace any tubes that need replaceing. As for tubes don't get caught up in the crazy expensive NOS tubes and stuff like that. There are some very good new tubes that are not expensive. Just do a little research and grab the better new tubes. I use Sovtek 6L6WXT+ output tubes in my Super Reverb and Electro-Harmoniux 12AX7-EH preamp tubes.

From The Tube Store:

"The 12AX7-EH tube has a nice balanced sound, a very low noise floor and excellent performance in terms of microphonics. The lack of microphonics may be due in part to the return of a shorter plate structure or better materials. I've had some samples that were tried in various amp stages. Pre-amps, tone stacks and phase inverters, a winner in every location...I have used the EH to successfully tame amps that defied all other attempts to kill microphonics and unwanted feedback. This tube is a winner, buy 'em and try 'em, they may be just the piece you've been looking for."

The Sovtek 6L6-WXT+ tube: "Guitar-cable-amplifier. If this describes the rig you use, then this is one of two modern tubes you should consider. This is not a repackaged 5881 tube. Extremely low noise and a lack of microphonics combine with excellent ratings for detail and harmonic content to provide a tube of exceptional quality. These tubes can be used in any application. Plenty of power and great tone. We have tested these tubes with plate voltages ranging from 425 to 500 volts without problem. Biasing can be set from conservative to hot; again, no real problem and great tone will be delivered from most settings."

Anyway enjoy your amp man. The old Supers will hold their own with anything.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-10-2006, 11:37 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Need some help with my Fender Super Reverb

Thanks for the replys guys!

I guess its time to find a footswitch for it, since it didn't come with one lol. I also need to locate a good tube amp tech in arizona to check it out, just to make sure its in tip top shape. Even though its not collectible, I want to make sure she lasts a long long time =)

I was also thinking, humor me here lol: For a rig, I was thinking i could use the fender super reverb for cleans, and use an a/b switch box with a 5150 combo for some nice rock/metal sound. (i don't have the 5150 combo yet lol)

Any comments on that? or does it sound rediculous?

Again, thanks for the information! I have a "friend" over here begging me to sell him this amp for $100 lmfao. Even without the reverb functional right now, it still sounds kick ass.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-10-2006, 05:31 PM
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Re: Need some help with my Fender Super Reverb

It's worth a lot more than 100.00. In good shape it would probably get $500.00. It would definately sound good ABing it with a heavy amp. I was just reading an article with the guitar player from Shinedown and he uses a Fender Twin (which will sound a lot like yours) and a Diezel VH4.
I’ve always known the Fender Twin was a great amp, but I didn’t realize how cool it sounded when you cranked it to 10! When we blended that sound with my Diezel VH4, the tone was unbelievable. You can hear every single note.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-10-2006, 05:44 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Need some help with my Fender Super Reverb

Rotti, thanks for the info, I really appreciate it! I am saving up for a 5150 now I think the 2 paired will give me the sound I am searching for!

Again, thanks for your help!
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