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One Eminence speaker belts out high-gain crunch, and fatter bass tone in this killer 22-watt combo.

For all the lovers of that notorious Fender tube-driven sound, the company rolls out the Super-Sonic 22 22W 1x12 tube combo, pushing your guitar tone into meaty guitar-shred heaven.

The Fender Super-Sonic 22 amp offers 22 watts of guitar power, for punishing distorted sound with more dedicated tone and bass frequency. With two channels and a handful of stellar tubes, your guitar tone will instantly be taken to new heights of sound barrier-shaking guitar tone.

The Fender Super-Sonic 22 delivers this versatility with the organic feel and moderate output power of the legendary Deluxe Reverb amp, perfect for most stage and studio applications. The Vintage channel on the tube amp delivers pure, unmistakable Fender tone, and the awesome Burn channel ignites musical inspiration with overdrive flavors ranging from bluesy to flame-throwing. And while the Fender Super-Sonic 22 is capable of heavily saturated tube distortion and sustain, it never masks the tonal character of your guitar. Offered in classic Black/Silver or iconic 1961 Blonde/Oxblood cosmetic treatment; both Fender amp versions include ivory "radio" knobs and flowing 1960s script logo.

The Fender Super-Sonic 22 guitar amp delivers this versatility with the organic feel and moderate output power of the legendary Deluxe Reverb amp, perfect for most stage and studio applications. The Vintage channel delivers pure, unmistakable Fender tone, and the awesome 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. Offered in classic Black/Silver or iconic 1961 Blonde/Oxblood cosmetic treatment; both versions include ivory "radio" knobs and flowing 1960s script logo.

This 1x12 was designed for the most discerning guitarist, looking to embrace a mixture of modern high-gain mayhem, or classic Fender cleans. This amp will become your favorite new fast ride.

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FEATURES
Deluxe Reverb power platform,
Vintage channel contains pre-gain tone controls and two switchable voices
Burn channel contains dual gain controls and post-gain EQ
Fender long-spring Reverb by Accutronics
Ivory "radio" knobs
4-button footswitch for Channel, Fat, Reverb, Effects Loop.
Amp Type: Tube
Output: 22 Watts, 8 ohms
Speaker: 12", 50 Watt Fender "Lightning Bolt" Speaker by Eminence
Channels: 2 (Vintage and Burn)
Controls: Vintage Channel: Volume, Treble, Bass, Voicing Switch (Normal/Fat). Burn Channel: Gain 1, Gain 2, Treble, Bass, Middle, Volume, Master Reverb
Effects Spring Reverb
Covering: Black Textured Vinyl

Take your guitar tone to new heights. Order now.

SPECIFICATIONS
Tubes: 2 - 6V6, 3 - 12AX7, 2 - 12AT7
Cover Amplifier Cover Included
Weight: 40lb.
Dimensions: 17-1/3"H x 24"W x 8-1/2"D
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FenderSuper-Sonic 22 22W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.5

(based on 52 reviews)

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Warm / comfy (29)
  • Excellent sound (28)
  • Easy to use (27)
  • Portable (26)
  • Good power output (25)

Cons

No Cons

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  • Performances (24)
  • Home studio (20)
  • Professional recording (19)
  • Outdoor events / games (14)
  • Amateur recording (13)
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The SS22 - Beauty Little Amp

I've had my SS22 for about 2 months now and I have to say I really love it! I started with a Black and Silver that I picked up at the store, but it...Read complete review

I've had my SS22 for about 2 months now and I have to say I really love it! I started with a Black and Silver that I picked up at the store, but it had some blems from being on the floor and I decided to order the Blonde/Oxblood. I only bring this up because the amps were different. I will elaborate below.

So, here is the negative. The reverb on the my first amp was over the top awesome and deep. Going past 2 o3, the reverb was beyond surf music. I kept it about 1. On the blonde one that was shipped, it was weaker. I use it around 4 to get the same depth. I'm not a heavy reverb guy, so I can live with it.

The other negative, my amp had the dreaded pop noise when changing channels. I tried different tubes and that took care of the issue. The noise floor also dropped a lot. I'm not dogging Groove Tubes, I am just saying some good NOS tubes really made some nice improvements.

So, for the positive... I have read the forums and I see there is not a lot of love for the SS22. I want to let everyone know, this is a really, really good amp. The clean channel is so sweet and simple. My Gibsons and Fenders both sound amazing. I really dig kicking in the FAT boost on the clean when playing my Strats and Teles. With my Gibsons, the boost is a bit overkill.

The overdrive channel is also awesome. I can dial in some tasty crunch or push up both gains and get into the heavy. Honestly, I put my OD and distortion pedals away. Really, most of my pedals are stocked away. I run a term, analog delay, digital delay and phase through the effects loop.

This is a pretty versatile amp. Not too heavy either, so easy to drag around. Be nice if it was a birch cab instead of MDF. But, all in all, I am very happy with this amp.

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Great Sound, Poor Reliability

I will make this short and sweet. The supersonic 22 is a great sounding amp, if you are looking for clean tones and a great tube breakup. Unfortunately the quality is subpar. I...Read complete review

I will make this short and sweet. The supersonic 22 is a great sounding amp, if you are looking for clean tones and a great tube breakup. Unfortunately the quality is subpar. I own cheap amps that are more reliable. The footswitch lasted about 6 months and after a year the amp started cutting in and out until it was unplayable. I would be very cautious if you are planning on purchasing this amp.

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(26 of 61 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Super-Sonic 22 is a subpar amp IMHO!!!

By Marc Adkins

from Virginia

Comments about Fender Super-Sonic 22 22W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

I have owned several Fender Amps within the last couple of years. Currently I own a Twin Reverb Reissue, Deluxe Reverb Reissue, Princenton Reverb Reissue, and a Princeton Silverface. I have also owned the Bandmaster VM, Fender Super-Champ, and the Fender Mustang III amp. Compared to all of the amps I have mentioned the sound of this amp is no where close to the traditional fender sound. To my ears, this amp lacks the chime and clarity of your normal Fender amp. I am not your traditional bedroom player musician who plays for 10 minutes and then writes a glowing review. I wanted to give my honest review of this amp compared to other amps that I have played within the Fender lineup. I am a Fender junkie and I love the sound of Fender amps for their clarity and low-end grunt. Nothing give me more pleasure than putting my bass control on 7, mids on 5 or 6, and treble on 5 or 6 depending if I'm using a bright switch or in case of the Deluxe Reverb treble is on 4 due to harshness of the bright cap. This amp will not give you the traditional Fender sound to my ears, and I have A/B this with a Deluxe Reverb and the sound of the Deluxe Reverb blew the Super Sonic out of the water. I would rather play through my Princeton at a gig than through the Super Sonic 22. I'm sure that if your into modding you might be able to hoax a better sound out of this amp (e.g. Jensen 12K, Weber, or WGS speakers and also upgrade the tubes to Tung Sol's or better). If your looking for an amp that sounds good out of the box....RUN THE OTHER WAY!!!! Spend your money on a Deluxe Reverb, Vibrolux, Bassman RI59, or even a Princeton if your looking for something that is easy to carry and that will belt out some good sounds. If you want distortion buy a Deluxe Reverb or a Princeton Reverb and get a overdrive pedal and a distortion pedal. Heck I would even suggest you get a Mustang III before buying this amp. The idea behind this amp is great, but it just lacks big time in sound to my ears. This is coming from someone who has played this amp the last 3 weeks (in a gig enviroment and also in practice enviroment) and has A/B'ed this amp with a Deluxe Reverb and the DR wins by a major decision.
Fender Super Sonic 22 all tube amplifier22 watts all tube amplifier with tube rectifierClean channel features Bass/Treble and also features Vibrolux/Bassman switch to change the voicing of the amp.Drive channel features dual gain knobs to tweak from mild break up to semi high gain settings.Lush Fender Spring Reverb made by Accutronics.10" Custom Eminince Speaker
The features of this amp are great, there is a ton of features that are very useful. Although I will wait to give my input on the sound (which I think is subpar) I find the features are handy if you are the type of musician who doesn't like to use pedals for overdrive or distortion. The reverb can be quite over sensitive at times as I find I never use it past 3, and even then that is too high for my taste. This particular amp has some great thought-out ideas but the sound quality to me is terrible compared to the Fender Deluxe Reverb Reissue which is the same price as the Super Sonic 22 and also has the same wattage.
The components seem to be ok, but the speaker to me messes the amp up bad. If you are looking to get the traditional Fender chime and round fat bottom.....RUN THE OTHER WAY!!! I own both the Super Sonic 22 and the Fender Deluxe Reverb (reissue) and I can tell you that if you are wanting to buy this amp so that you can have the best of both worlds you will end up being highly disappointed. Maybe a speaker swap to a Jensen 12K, WGS, or a Weber speaker will bring out that traditional Fender sound, but I can assure you with the bum speaker that is in it now you won't come close. It does ok on the drive channel, but I can get a better sound using a Deluxe Reverb with my Fulltone Plimsoul and my Boss DS1 Monte Allums modded pedal than I can from the Super Sonic 22. Matter of fact I played last night at a gig and got so fed up with the amp that I ended up playing thru a SWR bass amp combo because the Super Sonic 22 sounded like it had a blanket over it....or better yet....the speakers sounded like it was made out of cardboard. This is something that really needs to be fixed because the amp has potental if your into modding amps. I'm sure you could possibly get a better sound out of it, but if your looking to buy an amp that plays and sounds good out of the amp.....get a Deluxe Reerb or even a Princeton Reverb, a good overdrive and distortion pedal and use your money on a better product.
If I were buying this amp and if it were my only amp I would be pissed off!!! Matter fact I am pissed off because I wasted my money on this amp hoping that I could hoax a Deluxe Reverb sound out of this amp. I will say that if you play at bedroom volume then this amp may suffice, but if you gig once or twice a week like I do....RUN THE OTHER WAY!!! I just cannot justifiy paying this much for an amp when I can get a Fender Deluxe Reverb for the same price and the Deluxe Reverb sounds so much better than this amp.

(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The best amps for the money

By Ben

from Gainesville, Fl

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Comments about Fender Super-Sonic 22 22W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

Fender Super Sonics are the best amps out there for the money, IMHO. They have a nice Fender clean, crunch and high gain sound. The clean channel has a fat switch that works well; and the reverb is tube driven. Really nice cleans and the most gain of any Fender I have tried (close to a Mesa Boogie in terms of gain).

Tubes are mounted to the chassis, with wires attaching them to the PCB board. Fender and Peavey (Classic series) are the only non-boutique manufacturers I know of that make their amps that way. Both are made in USA. If you like to change tubes; I wouldn't buy anything else.

I did tinker with my amp a little. I get a touch more gain with JJ 12ax7's up front. And I tried an Eminence Private Jack for a little more midrange and less treble (to get an even smoother overdrive tone). But neither mod was necessary (e.g. If you want to "cut through" better; I'd leave the amp the way it is); these amps sound great out of the box.

Much as I like the sound of Marshall distortion, I think even their Made in England combos are poorly designed. I can't get over the way they mount their tubes directly to the PCB board. That makes it hard to change the tubes and easy to crack the board. Once you do that, forget it, you might as well throw the amp in the trash.

I SAY BUY AMERICAN!!!

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Amp

By Ashley h McGaha

from South

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Comments about Fender Super-Sonic 22 22W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

I really like the sound on both channels and I have been playing for over 30 years and have gone through alot of good gear. I play Strats , Teles and Les Pauls Through this thing and they all sound great...I also was able to do a side by side test after delivery next to some nice amps and was convinced that I wanted to keep it. I have a Blues Jr. that I like but it lacks bottom compared to the clean on the Super Sonic 22. I had it next to a Blues Deluxe Reissue and while the Deluxe has a nice chimey sound with a firm bottom it sounds thin on the drive channel and it fell short because you have to share the tone knobs on both channels,the drive channel on the 22 blows the Deluxe away. The deluxe also suffers from the "move the volume knob a quarter inch and it is screaming syndrome" the 22 does not have this problem, the volume knobs are very smooth and work like they should. Last I put it next to my Marshall TSL 601 and the Marshall sounded like I had a blanket over it next to the 22, it was muddy on both channels while the 22 sings. The 22 does start to break up on the clean channel around 4 on the dial and you will have to pull the bass down to clean it up a little but I would never play it that loud. I play in a classic rock band and a 9 pc. horn band that does weddings and corporate events and it has all the volume I need at lower settings. I was let down at first by the reverb issue but since I replaced the tube I could not be happier. This is the perfect size amp for me. I hope my comments can help others decide if this amp is right for them.
Reverb is a little overbearing, it is really deep so I did not have much use for anything past 2 or 3 on the dial. I checked the numbers on the unit and did some research and discovered that it is the same accutronic long decay reverb tank used in many of the older larger Fender amps from the past ( Twins, Pro Reverbs etc.), but now these accutronics tanks are not made in the USA.
The amp I bought had a bad pre-amp tube in the reverb section, it would feed back at anything above half volume. I swapped it in place of the first gain stage tube and got alot of hiss so I knew it was bad. I replaced the tube with a new one and I have been happy since. Fender quality control should have fixed this so it gets an 8.
Fender is asking a lot for this amp.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

The SS22 - Beauty Little Amp

By Dr. Tone

from Rockwall, Texas

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Pros

  • Awesome Looks
  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

  • Some Quirks

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Fender Super-Sonic 22 22W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

I've had my SS22 for about 2 months now and I have to say I really love it! I started with a Black and Silver that I picked up at the store, but it had some blems from being on the floor and I decided to order the Blonde/Oxblood. I only bring this up because the amps were different. I will elaborate below.

So, here is the negative. The reverb on the my first amp was over the top awesome and deep. Going past 2 o3, the reverb was beyond surf music. I kept it about 1. On the blonde one that was shipped, it was weaker. I use it around 4 to get the same depth. I'm not a heavy reverb guy, so I can live with it.

The other negative, my amp had the dreaded pop noise when changing channels. I tried different tubes and that took care of the issue. The noise floor also dropped a lot. I'm not dogging Groove Tubes, I am just saying some good NOS tubes really made some nice improvements.

So, for the positive... I have read the forums and I see there is not a lot of love for the SS22. I want to let everyone know, this is a really, really good amp. The clean channel is so sweet and simple. My Gibsons and Fenders both sound amazing. I really dig kicking in the FAT boost on the clean when playing my Strats and Teles. With my Gibsons, the boost is a bit overkill.

The overdrive channel is also awesome. I can dial in some tasty crunch or push up both gains and get into the heavy. Honestly, I put my OD and distortion pedals away. Really, most of my pedals are stocked away. I run a term, analog delay, digital delay and phase through the effects loop.

This is a pretty versatile amp. Not too heavy either, so easy to drag around. Be nice if it was a birch cab instead of MDF. But, all in all, I am very happy with this amp.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Ultimate Blues Machine!

By JayF.-b0N4g

from Pennsylvania

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Fender Super-Sonic 22 22W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    I've been playing for 33 yrs. and I'm an experienced Blues player. I've owned a few top of the line Fender amps and currently have a few Egnater Tourmaster amps, (full stack and combo version)and a hand made Pierson Tweed Deluxe.
    The Super Sonic 22 absolutely blows the other amps away and cost much less.
    The vintage channel with fat switch is the ultimate blues tone. Infact, it's so good that I haven't even explored the burn channel.
    It's by far the best sounding amp I've ever owned.
    I absolutely love this amp.

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    This amp gets 10 star's

    By deej

    from Portland, Or.

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Fender Super-Sonic 22 22W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      I cant say enough good about this little gem. Been a professional musician since 1985 and played most genre's. Most of my amps have been Fender tube amps and they always delivered for me but I really had to work with them and experiment to get the right distortion/feedback . This amp provide that big Fender sound but then if you want to kick in silky smooth "adjustable" distortion / feedback at even low volume bedroom levels it can do that too. If you want just a little, its there. If you want a lot, its there. And it easily comes up to stage volumes. They seem to have also provided an improved re-verb system and somehow this amp also has a compressed sound. Very very cool! IMO nothing matches all tube driven amplifiers. There has been lots of talk about the Deluxe Reverb (tube amp) being the most recorded amp in history. I think this one will soon take that spot. Spend the money on this amp and throw away the pedals.
      Thank you Fender for getting this right. This is truly a throwback to the glory days genius of Leo Fender and Bob Perine. I think they would approve.
      I certainly do.

      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      They Got it Right With This One

      By Marshall Advovate

      from Charleston SC

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Fender Super-Sonic 22 22W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        Fender got it right with this one. In fact, they got it very right. Historically, Fender amp distortion/overdrive has been sickly, nasty, and sort of a raw sound. But on this amp the overdrive is superb! It can produce a light crunch all the way to creamy over the top distortion. There is enough tone control on the overdrive section to dial in almost any sound you want. And the tone controls do something when you turn them unlike other amps. Of course it also has that luscious vintage Fender clean that everyone loves but only Fender can achieve. I use this amp exclusively on gigs now. The effects loop is super quiet AND you can switch it on and off, for when you don't want your effects in the mix. The fat feature is great for Strats and Teles to thicken them up without making them into mud. Or you can use it for a slight extra push for solos. I also use this feature for extra warmth on jazz gigs. Overall this amp is the best thing I have seen in years.

        (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Fender Super Sonic 60

        By Stratobill

        from Atlanta

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        Comments about Fender Super-Sonic 22 22W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        Overall, I would recommend this amp to any professional player,,,even the most critical tone snobs. It covers almost any style of music out there,,,,and with the effects loop you can place your effects where they do the most tonal good.
        This amp is one of the finest I have ever owned in my 40+ years of playing. Line out, effects loop, burn channel, dual gain, 4 button footswitch, plus spring reverb,,,,,,,,WOW,,,,now those are usable features.
        It seems well built , but I had to re-tighten the power transformer that was basically hanging there when I received the amp. Come on Fender, this was such an obvious flaw,,,didn't anyone notice this before the amp came off the line ????!!!!
        A bit pricey I thought until I plugged in my Strat and started playing,,,,great Fender tone. BTW, I bought this used from Musicians Friend and got a killer deal !!!!!

        (8 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Not A Deluxe Reverb

        By Voxinator

        from Florida

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        Comments about Fender Super-Sonic 22 22W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        Overall, great for bands that play medium sized gigs, even large gigs. Not good for home studio unless you have a noise gate to control the excessive hiss. I'll probably keep mine, despite the fact it probably fell off the back of the UPS truck.
        Thankfully Fender did not choose to call this a Deluxe Reveb III or Deluxe Reverb XD or Super Deluxe. It has it's own sound - kinda like a "Bassman Jr-packed-into-a-1x12-with-6V6s-and-spring-reverb, sorta. I owned a blackface deluxe, and the of the SS22 tone is much bassier and flatter, not as warm. Dispite the advertising hype of being "based on the Deluxe Reverb" it does not even sound like the two DRRI's I have owned. It lacks high-end definition and warmth. There is plenty of room on the front panel to include a bright switch and midrange control for the clean channel. There is also room for a master negative feedback presencec control that would also help add some sparkle. I hate the radio knobs and replaced them with classic Fender blackface knobs. I also replaced the logo with a raised Fender blackface logo. I was shocked to see the baffle was glued in. The tubes are impossible to change without removing both back panels and the speaker. The reverb driver is one eigth of an inch away from the speaker basket. So that limits the speaker swamp. The reason I am complaining about this is because I had to replace every preamp tube and both power tubes. There is a quarter inch gap between the chassis and the baffle. The rattling Groove Tubes were replaced with Mullards in V1 and V2, the reverb driver and the phase inverter were replaced with Phillips NOS AT7s. Not sure what V4 does, so it got a Mesa 12AX7SA to try to quiet down the horrible hiss. The hissing is unbearable. There is also a very loud vibration when the volume get past 3, similar to a jack hammer. There is noticable hum. I use a Clapton strat with noiseless pups, and a Gibson Les Paul. The volume on the clean channel is "on/off" 1 = off 2 = loud enough for my wife to complain from 4 rooms away in a soundproof studio. Other than that, it sounds great. I use a good 2x12(Rolas) or 4x12 (V30s) cab tol get some top end sparkle back, since replacing the speaker is limited to what will fit under the reverb driver tube. The Jensen is very dark-sounding and breaks up very early. My Celestion Century neodymium sounds good in the SS22. EV, JBL will not fit, niether will alnico Eminence.
        Fender should consider switching tube vendors. 7 bad tubes.
        Very expensive. Used, it is grood deal. The Super sonic 60's I have tried sounded much better than this, but not as loud.

        (7 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Old UNreliable

        By bach to beatles

        from RSM, CA

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        Pros

        • Portable

        Cons

        • Weak

        Best Uses

        • Bedroom

        Comments about Fender Super-Sonic 22 22W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        Caution: Do not purchase this amp as your main source of guitar amplification.

        The sound is fine but this amp will stop working at any given moment. My first new SuperSonic lasted 2 weeks before sending it back for a new one. The second one lasted 6 months and then failed. After a 6 week wait for warranty repair, the amp has now failed agian.

        This is a very nice (but pricey) bedroom amp at best.

        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Flexable

        By Ashley h McGaha

        from South

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        Comments about Fender Super-Sonic 22 22W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        I have been playing for 30 years and have had loads of gear...I wanted an amp that had a great clean with a full bottom end and this thing can do it...I have a Blues Jr. and it falls short on bass...the cab is smaller...I wanted a lead channel that sounded good with just a little dirt and when it was cranked into heavier sounds...I find that I do not have to go past 6 on the gain controls to get all I can handle...Run a super overdrive before this amp and you get any sound you want...I played this amp in my house next to several others and am very satisfied...had it next to a Blues Jr.,a Blues Deluxe and a Marshall TSL...I am keeping this one...it did have a bad pre amp tube ...it would feed back if the reverb was turned up...changed the tube and it is fixed...I have had it for 3 weeks and have used it in my rock band with a loud drummer and in my 9 pc. horn band playing wedding tunes...love it...it is plenty loud...I have not had to turn it above 3 or 4 on volume...if you crank it on the clean channel it will break up so you will have to adjust the bass to clean up...but you will not need to play it that loud. It sounds full at low volumes as well...the reverb unit is supposed to be the same accutronics unit that has been used in most larger Fender amps since the 1960s, but It seems really deep to me...I can't really use anything past 3 on the dial...but for now I am happy....maybe down the road I may swap the tank out for a shorter decay time...they run $25 bucks or so...but I am being picky.

        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Finally - The Amp I've Been Waiting For

        By leegordonjones-bfBs5

        from Northern Virginia

        Comments about Fender Super-Sonic 22 22W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        When I saw the Fender Supersonic 22 advertised, I ordered it right away. It arrived on a Friday, and I played a gig with it the following Monday. Even without time to break in the speaker, the Supersonic 22 sounded great. The gig was a small pub, so I could only turn it up to about 3, and consequently it took a little while for the tubes to warm up, but once they did, the Fat setting really produced a nice warm growl while the normal setting was still a nice crisp Fender clean. The biggest challenge early on was that while the amp is cold, there?s not much difference between the normal clean and fat settings, at least to my ears, at small venue volumes. So, I found that I needed to dial in the desired growl for rhythm on the Burn channel -- Gain 1 at 3 and Gain 2 at 7 -- with my guitar (PRS Mira) set to 9, and turn up the guitar to 10 for the solos. However, once the amp warmed up, the Fat setting on the clean channel began to growl nicely. At that point, I was able to use the Fat setting for growling rhythm and re-adjust the Burn channel to full saturation -- Gain 1 at 7 and Gain 2 at 9, which produces a nice Santana-esque tone, for solos. The reverb is more than ample, and I found I was happy with it at about 3 also. I didn?t attempt to run my effects through the effects loop this gig, but I will for the next one. I did use some effects pedals through the clean channel, which sounded great, but because this amp is so full sounding, I found I really used them quite sparingly; I was able to get most of the texture I wanted by adjusting the controls on the guitar. I?m looking forward to playing at a bigger venue where I can crank it up.

        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Fender hit a home run with the SS22

        By Bender

        from Oregon

        Comments about Fender Super-Sonic 22 22W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        Been playing guitar for 30 years and have owned Fenders, Boogies and several high end boutique amps. What I wanted was an amp with classic Fender cleans and a flexible gain channel that could do slight breakup all the way to violin singing leads and have good reverb and an effects loop. Surprisingly, there aren't a lot of amps that can do this. The SS22 can and it can do it at low, medium and high volume.The clean channel sounds classic Fender with my Tele, strat and Les Paul. The fat switch is fantastic ... really changes the tone in a positive way ... it's like having two separate clean channels. But having a good clean channel is not really that notable on a Fender amp. What is notable is the improvements they made on the gain channel over any gain channel on any Fender I've ever played. It is a very versatile overdrive channel. Can do grainy blues overdrive and smooth silky Santana like leads too. The EQ has a huge impact on the sound and it can easily get into the scooped Boogie territory. This is not a clone amp ... don't think it was designed to sound exactly like a Marshall or Boogie or 5150 ... it has its own sound and it rocks. Gets plenty loud but sounds good at low volumes too. Quiet enough for a tube amp. Good note definition even in high gain territory and extremely touch sensitive. The overdrive doesn't kill the tone of the guitar ... even at high gain a Les Paul sounds like a Les Paul and a Strat sounds like a strat. The effects loop works great with no volume or tone suck. All in all, a really good addition to the Fender line.

        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Perfect tube saturated tone with that Fender sparkle

        By Nate Kujawski

        from Rhode Island

        Comments about Fender Super-Sonic 22 22W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        Overall, I'm extremely pleased with this amp. The reverb goes way deep, the clean is everything you'd expect from Fender, and the gain sounds amazing. You won't be playing metal out of this but it can definitely handle blues, jazz, country, rock, hard rock, alt, etc. If you want to "chug-chug" then that's what a mesa's for. Or if you're looking for that corse gritty gain then that's where Marshall shines but for everything else this amp has you covered and you'll sound awesome.
        I gave the SS 22 a 7 only because I felt it was lacking in some very minor areas. On the clean channel I would have prefered a 3-band eq over 2 but not a huge deal at all since personally I like mids to shine on the gain channel and highs on the clean.

        The foot pedal is decent but I took a point away here too for the loud channel switching. Probably won't be noticable when playing with a full band but at home the switching between clean and gain is noticable.

        On the plus side, the best feature on this amp in my opinion is the "gain 2" knob. This is where you can dial in your sustain/compression to just where you like it. My strat sounded sooo nice with this turned up to about 8.. think hotel california solo sound. My Les Paul sounded so sweet through this amp even with very hot ceramic pickups the tone was warm and creamy... and the sustain dailed up on a les paul makes for some easily controled feedback.

        Overall, having a classic fender clean channel and a modern gain channel - with 6v6 tubes which sound sweet at any volume - makes this a very versatile amp without sacrificing any tonal quality.
        Very sturdy casing, has a metal cage in the back to protect your tubes, a very comfortable thick rubber handle, and the retro knobs are much more solid than my Marshall JVM205H knobs.

        The foot pedal is very sold, looks like it will hold up just fine with gigging. Couldn't find a reason not to give a 10 here.
        Fender clean, "groove tube" tone, a gain channel that saturates more than I've ever heard on a Fender amp and all for about a grand.... to me, that's some serious value. The tonal quality is well worth the price.

        (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        nice lil amp!

        By tiger blue

        from wisconsin

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        Comments about Fender Super-Sonic 22 22W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        like new fender amps i was a lil hesitant to jus buy one of these online witout playin one first, so i headed to a local dealer and did jus that, i was plesantly suprised, i have been playin for over 35 years ( weekend warrior) have had a alot of differnet amps i play blues mostly along with classic rock and some country, this amp fits them all very very well i think fender hit it on the head with this one! nice fendery cleans and the fat button( switchable on the foot switch) is a great inovation its can be used as a boost for clean solos or if you prefer tha fatter tones( bassman like) then use it full time . great clean with a touch of fat for a bluesy sound, now the burn channel; wow what a nice addition to the amp very un fender like tones from hard driving texas blues to santana you can dial in the tone you need( i use a prs 22 and a les paul i love the single coil sound i get on the prs so id have to say a strat player would be fine with this amp along with a bucker player too ) read the manuel to understand what the 2 gain knobs are for youl be able to utilize them much quicker the tone knobs( only treble and bass on clean channel) are very sensative and unlike most fender amps so it mite take some tweaking to get where you want, you do get a mids knob on the burn channel i think its should be called a sonic over dive channel not burn!, burn sounds to much like a shredder or mesa thing, the reverb is very nice and a bit over whelming( compared to the 60 watt amp) so jus keep it at like 1 or 2 and your fine thers is no metal or shredding on this amp so you guys wont want it! its a fender! sweet chimmey cleans! and if your worried about volume you play to loud! lol no seriuosly this thing is alot louder then the deluxe reverb reissue and a ton better too i playd the 60 watt SS and a viobrolux to compare it too i liked it much better then the SS60 and for me the vibrolux was jus to loud and had to be blasting to get any grit or slight break up tone( for blues) and not so with the SS22 the speaker is matched very well i also plugged in my 1 12 open back cab with a 100 watt g12t celestion and it gave the amp alot more bass and will work jus rite for me out side when needed i gave it a 4.5 cause i have no idea if itl be reliable, although it is built much better then alot of reissue fenders in the past few years and it is made in the usa and you cant beat the tone for 40lbs! us older guys will like that!!

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Fender's Most Versatile Amplifier

        By Ben

        from Gainesville, Florida

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Fender Super-Sonic 22 22W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          I think the super sonic amplifiers are Fender's most versatile amplifiers, and I'm disappointed that they discontinued the 60 watt and 100 watt versions. If Stevie Ray Vaughan were alive today, I think he'd be interested in these amps. The clean channel is classic Blackface clean with a boost channel that puts you in Bassman territory. The overdrive channel does everything from vintage crunch to searing lead tones. Plus the amp is better made than any high gain combo I know of. Among other things, the tube sockets are mounted to the chassis, not the pcb board, so you can change tubes without worrying about cracking the board and killing the amp (been there, did that with a Marshall 40 watt combo). The amp sounds great out of the box but you can get even better tones if you experiment a little. For American tones with a strat, I like Tung Sol tubes and the Eminence Cannibus Rex. For a more heavy metal vibe with a Gibson, I prefer JJ tubes with a Patriot Private Jack speaker. Both those set ups sound incredible. Boutique tone for an affordable price. You can't go wrong with this amp!!!

          (6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Great Sound, Poor Reliability

          By bigtone01

          from Ewen, MI

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Great tone

          Cons

          • Poor Reliablitly

          Best Uses

          • Events

          Comments about Fender Super-Sonic 22 22W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          I will make this short and sweet. The supersonic 22 is a great sounding amp, if you are looking for clean tones and a great tube breakup. Unfortunately the quality is subpar. I own cheap amps that are more reliable. The footswitch lasted about 6 months and after a year the amp started cutting in and out until it was unplayable. I would be very cautious if you are planning on purchasing this amp.

          (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          GREAT UNDERRATED AMP

          By DeltaBlues56

          from Ft Lauderdale, Fl.

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Fender Super-Sonic 22 22W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            Was in the market for a lower mid powered amp. The Fender EL84 amps (Blues Jr and Pro Jr) sound bad. Blues Deluxe sound good but too loud for my use.Tried both the 65 and 68 reissue deluxe reverbs. I liked the custom channel on the 68. The SuperSonic 22 is IT! The vintage channel sounds fantastic it is dripping with Fender clean sweetness. When you hit the FAT switch you get MORE MORE MORE great Fender Clean. Fat bottom tasty highs full sounding. The fat switch is what makes the vintage channel outshine the Deluxe Reverbs. The BURN channel has a volume and 2 gain controls. Each gain has a different flavor. Mixing the gains allows unlimited variety of gain flavors. The gains are natural tube gain.
            I usually dislike spring reverb. To me it adds a metallic spikey sound to your tone. This amp reverb is much more subtle and less in your face. It compliments your guitar tone rather than overpower it. The reverb does get a bit noisy after 4, but don't know why anyone would turn it up past 3 so its not an issue for me.
            The speaker sounds good. The sound from this amp is less directional and sounds more HI-FI Big, almost stereo sounding.
            I've been playing for 45 years. Have owned Ampeg, Carvin, Traynor, Rivera, Fender Blues Deluxe, Deville, Super Reverb, Blues Jr, Pro Jr. several Champs looking for something. I just found it. This is my last amp!!!

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            This is the one!

            By Bluewater

            from Massachusetts

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about Fender Super-Sonic 22 22W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

              I do lust for the Fender sound. The SuperSonic 22 is my favorite amp and I own several Fenders; Blues Deluxe, Princeton 65 RI, Blues Jr., Custom Vibrolux Reverb, and the SuperSonic 22.
              The 6V6 output tubes of the SuperSonic 22 provide the chimey Fender cleans, the reverb is deep and wide on both channels, the clean channel is as good or better than all my other amps, the dirty channel can be dialed in to growl and grind unlike anything you can get from my other Fenders. This amp is tight.
              The 12" speaker is perfect for the amp covering great deep lows to clear highs. The amp is compact and is easily carried to rehearsal and gigs.

              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              The only amp you need

              By Marshall Advovate

              from Charleston SC

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              Pros

              • Excellent Sound
              • Good Warmth
              • Portable
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Fender Super-Sonic 22 22W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                This is one great amp! Fender got not only the clean but also the overdrive spot on for this amp. You get big sound in a small and lightweight package; everything from that famous Fender clean to blues, light clip, classic crunch, and all the way to over-the-top Soldano, Mesa and boutique amp shred - it does it all! The tone controls (Treb, Bass & Mids) allow you to shape your tone to exactly what you want. In addition, the FAT switch can beef up the tone even more for strats or big note Jazz. The compression control on the overdrive channel takes this amp to sweet sustain levels that will have you smiling all of the time. It also takes pedals very well, anything you can throw at it.
                The foot-switchable effects loop ads even more dimension, especially for you folks who like to occasionally turn off your effects. Channel switching, reverb, the Effects loop and the FAT circuit are all right there on the foot switch, making this amp really convenient to use.
                And it can go LOUD! Don't let the fact that it's rated at 22 Watts fool you. This amp has more than enough power for almost any gig. Most of the time I never turn up past 4. But even when dialed down to 1 it still sounds sweet and full, and not choked up and stuffy like most tube amps.
                This is one amp you will never regret buying.

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