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Fender Limited Edition Super-Sonic 22 22W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp
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The Super-Sonic concept: professional tube amplifiers for guitarists who crave glorious Fender clean and overdrive tones plus expressive, modern, hig...Click To Read More About This Product
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A limited-edition run of the Super-Sonic 22 combo with a groovy Surf Green finish.
The Super-Sonic concept: professional tube amplifiers for guitarists who crave glorious Fender clean and overdrive tones plus expressive, modern, high-gain distortion. The Limited Edition Super-Sonic 22 combo delivers this versatility with the natural feel and moderate output power of the legendary Deluxe Reverb amp, which makes it perfect for most stage and studio applications.
The Super-Sonic 22's Vintage channel delivers pure, unmistakable Fender tone, while the scorching Burn channel ignites musical inspiration with overdrive flavors ranging from bluesy to flame-throwing. And while the Super-Sonic 22 is capable of heavily saturated tube distortion and sustain, it never masks the tonal character of your guitar.
With its textured vinyl covering in vibrant Surf Green and Wheat grille cloth, this Limited Edition Super-Sonic 22 combo looks like an early '60s amp that never was but could have”indeed, should have”been. This Fender Factory Special Run is available in limited quantities.
- Deluxe Reverb power platform
- Vintage channel with 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
- 12", 50W Fender Lightning Bolt speaker by Eminence
- Ivory "radio" knobs
- 4-button footswitch for channel, fat, reverb, and effects loop
Fender's not making too many of these unique beauties, so order yours before they're gone!
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Good bang for the buck for an American-made Fender tube amp. Different enough from the Deluxe Reverb RI to justify owning both.
I bought the Surf Green-covered, FSR version to both match my 2009 surf green FSR MIM Tele & surf green 57 Vintage Series RI Strat, and to complement my ultra-clean '65 Deluxe Reverb RI. Both are rated at 22-Watts and the SS22 is said to be built on the DRRI power platform. Both have tube-driven spring reverb. But, the similarities end there. For starters, it's louder than the DRRI because it uses a more efficient speaker: an Eminence-made 50W vs the 100W Jensen in the DRRI. The clean channel has two voices: Normal (thinner, like an older Blackface) and Fat (like an older Bassman). The Burn Channel has two separate gains to allow a wide variety of overdriven sounds. Amp also has an effects loop. Voice, Channel, Reverb, and Effects loop are all footswitchable with the included rugged footswitch.
Mine came equipped with a Fender 12AX7-R in V1 (preamp), likely a Sovtek. While I like Russian 12AX7's, as I mentioned the SS22 is louder than the DRRI and I wanted to better match volume-to-knob movement/gain with the DRRI, so I swapped out the 12AX7-R for a low noise/low microphonic EH12AY7-R, which did the trick without sacrificing tone. The power tubes were GT-6V6-S (rebranded, matched JJ's) rated at White/5. These Slovak 6V6's can handle more plate voltage than their Russian and Chinese cousins. V2 and the post-reverb tube are GT-12AX7-C's, (Chinese Shuguang) which I wasn't thrilled to discover, but they seem to do the job. The Reverb driver and Phase inverters are GT-12AT7's, also likely Chinese. I may swap the Inverter for a Russian with balanced triodes at some point.
I bought mine as a "dent and scratch" Level 2. The amp looked like it literally fell off a truck and landed grille-side down. There were at least six dents in the front face plywood. But, none of the vinyl Tolex was ripped. And electronically, if you didn't look at the cosmetic damage, you'd never know it was there. Everything functions as it should. So, structurally it's well-built and it puts out the classic sounds you'd expect from a Fender tube amp.
Rating only as a "9" because of the Chinese tubes. Would have preferred JJ 12AX7/ECC83 or ECC803 instead. and maybe 12AT7 EH for the Reverb Driver and Phase Inverter.
Great price for a USA-made tube amp, especially since I bought it as a "scratch and dent" level "2".