Fender Super Reverb

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1964 Fender Super Reverb (blackface)

The Fender Super Reverb was a guitar amplifier made by Fender. It was introduced in 1963 and was discontinued in 1982. This was essentially a Fender Super amplifier with built-in reverb and "vibrato" (actually tremolo). The original Super Reverb amplifiers were all-tube designs and featured spring reverb. There were two different designs, distinguishable by the color of the "face" or front control panel. Super Reverbs from 1963 through 1967 had "blackface" panels. From 1968 until its discontinuation in 1982, the Super Reverb had "silverface" cosmetics and circuitry. Early models in 1968, while cosmetically "silverface", did contain "blackface" circuitry. Fender introduced a reissue '65 Super Reverb in 2001.

Specifications[edit]

  • 40 watts into 4x 10" 8-Ohm Jensen speakers (wired in parallel for 2 Ohms)
  • Silverface models: 45 watts (power increased to 70 watts in 1975 and was given a Master volume with pull-out boost circuit and a solid state rectifier. Changed to 135 watts RMS in 1978 with an additional Mid control pot for the Normal channel and a Line Out jack socket.) Silverface amps made between '68 and '72 were emblazoned with "Super Reverb-Amp". After 1972 this was changed to just "Super Reverb".

Tube (valve) complement:

  • 4 X 12AX7,
  • 2 X 12AT7,
  • 2 X 6L6,
  • 1 X 5AR4/GZ34 RectifierTube for blackface amps and 5U4GB for silver face amps
  • two channels: Normal and Vibrato, with Bright Switch
  • Height: 24⅞" (63.2 cm)
  • Width: 25⅛" (63.8 cm)
  • Depth: 10½" (26.7 cm)
  • Weight: approx. 65 lbs.
  • A "Boost" control and a master volume were added in 1975.
  • A Mid control for the Normal channel and a Line Out jack socket were added in 1978.
  • Super Reverbs produced between late 1980 and 1981 have blackface cosmetics and a silver sparkle grille cloth.
  • Master volume has a pull-out pot for distortion.

Some early Super Reverb amplifiers came with the option of factory equipped JBL speakers instead of the Jensen speakers widely used in the majority of Fender amplifiers. The JBL speakers had aluminum dust caps with larger magnets and voice coils, this gives a fuller response range and handles more power reducing the risk of "blowing a speaker". These models also add to the overall weight of the amp, making casters (wheels) a very good option.

Super Six Reverb[edit]

The Super Six Reverb is essentially a master volume Twin Reverb or Dual Showman Reverb equipped with six Oxford 10L6 (or CTS 10" AlNiCo) speakers featuring 10"/5.2 ohms (8 ohms each in series-parallel) and 100 watts RMS (changed to 135W in 1977). Introduced in 1972, this silverface combo amplifier was discontinued in 1979.

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