Fender Supersonic Club
I know there's another thread where we have been discussing this amp, but I figured we should at least have "Supersonic" in the title so it'll turn up on searches... I know I've learned TONS of info here by doing searches...
So, all you SS owners... CHIME IN & ADD TO THE CLUB!
OK, so my (used) SS got here today, and I just gave it a quick run-thru...
1) changed ALL the preamp tubes, helped the tone quite a bit.
2) can't change the power tubes yet, as they haven't arrived. Will also check/re-bias when they get here.
3) LOSS OF BASS IN BURN CHANNEL: I see what everyone is talking about. With all the gain available in the Burn channel, Fender no doubt limited the bass to keep the amp from getting woofy/boomy, but since I don't use that much gain, I would personally like a little more. I know the V30 will give more bottom once broken-in, but since I bought mine used I have no idea how broken-in it is. Maybe a speaker change (for one with more bottom) will be in order... not to mention one with less sensitivity, see if I can lower the volume a bit.
The reports of this sucker being LOUD are accurate... for home playing an attenuator is almost required (if you want to push the power tubes). Fender should most definitely make a lower-powered version of the SS. I'm using it with an Airbrake, but this amp doesn't like to be attenuated more than about 3db or so... gets way too compressed & mushy. My Genz Benz Black Pearl does too. My Dr. Z however attenuates excellently all the way down to bedroom level.
I notice the driver is a 12AT7. Has anyone tried a 12AX7 to push the power tubes more/get grinding at a lower volume? I may have to give that a try...
"I've got callouses, from all those nights, spent playin' a Telecaster, 'till my fingers bled Bud Light" - Travis Tritt