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Tube Guitar Amp Head from Fender belonging to the Super-Sonic series.

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Fender TwinMan

Fender Super-Sonic 100 Review

We reviewed the Fender Super-Sonic 22 combo in September 2010, and it seduced us with its numerous positive features. A few months later, the American manufacturer decided to complete its range and launched the 100 Series including a 100-watt amp head, two speaker cabinets and a combo amp. Today, we want to examine the head closely... Read more…
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  • deemicdeemic

    Fender High Gain isn't Everyone's Cup of Tea

    Fender Super-Sonic 100 HeadPublished on 08/25/21 at 13:05
    First off. It goes without saying that the Fender Clean sound is the benchmark for all amplifiers. It is the basis for comparison and there is really nothing more to say in that regard.
    Secondly, the Fender High Gain Sound is really just that. It's the "Fender" Gain/Overdrive/Distortion sound.
    It is unique. It seems to me that most dissatisfied users were expecting the Marshall or Mesa overdriven sound for some reason, not understanding that Fender amps are not designed for that purpose. They can be used as an excellent, if not the best, pedal platform amplifier if that is what your intentions are. In that regard, I believe they may be the best. Buy a good gain pedal and distortion......
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    First off. It goes without saying that the Fender Clean sound is the benchmark for all amplifiers. It is the basis for comparison and there is really nothing more to say in that regard.
    Secondly, the Fender High Gain Sound is really just that. It's the "Fender" Gain/Overdrive/Distortion sound.
    It is unique. It seems to me that most dissatisfied users were expecting the Marshall or Mesa overdriven sound for some reason, not understanding that Fender amps are not designed for that purpose. They can be used as an excellent, if not the best, pedal platform amplifier if that is what your intentions are. In that regard, I believe they may be the best. Buy a good gain pedal and distortion pedal and you're good to go! Great amp in all regards!
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  • iamqmaniamqman

    Not it at all

    Fender Super-Sonic 100 HeadPublished on 11/15/11 at 15:11
    fender is very well known for their great sounding guitars extremely versatile instruments. They're also known for their excellent clean sounding guitar amplifiers. Some amplifiers really hit the nail right on the head and some others really fall short of their potential. This is one of those amplifiers in my opinion that really fall short of its overall potential. It has a decent clean sound but the gain structure and tone is very lacking overall. This is not an amplifier that I would like to get and pretty much wouldn't do anything other than using as a clean amplifier. This is ahead version of this combo that is been quite popular but this amplifier is just not there.

    UTILIZATION
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    fender is very well known for their great sounding guitars extremely versatile instruments. They're also known for their excellent clean sounding guitar amplifiers. Some amplifiers really hit the nail right on the head and some others really fall short of their potential. This is one of those amplifiers in my opinion that really fall short of its overall potential. It has a decent clean sound but the gain structure and tone is very lacking overall. This is not an amplifier that I would like to get and pretty much wouldn't do anything other than using as a clean amplifier. This is ahead version of this combo that is been quite popular but this amplifier is just not there.

    UTILIZATION

    Features

    100W
    7 - 12AX7 and 2 - 12AT7 preamp tubes
    4 - 6L6 power tubes
    Vintage and Burn channels
    Switchable voices on Vintage channel for cleans derived from vintage Twin Reverb and Showman amps, and the fat, punchy tone of 60s Bassman amps
    Burn channel post-gain EQ and two-stage cascading preamp controls
    Tube-driven Fender long-spring reverb by Accutronics
    Professional FX loop with level control; may also be used as a footswitchable boost
    Fender Automatic Bias sets output tubes to factory settings without a meter or tools
    Damping control for Normal, Loose, or Tight speaker response
    Custom transformers by Schumacher
    Cover and 4-button footswitch included

    SOUNDS


    I'm not fan of the tone is amplifier because he just doesn't have the right necessary utensils to get me going in a recording studio or gigging session. It just doesn't sound right if that makes any sense. It just feels like it's lacking something in the overall tone and feel of the amplifier. It could've been the matching speakers which came with the amplifier in a cabinet but it just didn't have that write tone that you're looking for and you need to connect with your amplifier and guitar. I would not purchase this amplifier because it just doesn't sound right.

    OVERALL OPINION


    These amplifiers come in new right at about $1800 which is a little expensive for my blood. That's a lot of money for most people and for when you get its not worth it. I would suggest going with something much better and much more versatile than this amplifier. The clean tone is nice but for the money you could go a lot of places with a decent clean amp for way under this price.
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  • iamqmaniamqman

    nice blonde tolex with brown grill

    Fender Super-Sonic 100 HeadPublished on 06/02/11 at 16:46
    This is the same amp as the combo version but just in a head version. You get the same features and tone but just the ability to use it with other cabinets. This head has a particularly sweet looking tolex covering. It comes in a blonde/cream tolex covering and a brown grille cloth that match up real nicely together.

    This is a bit different then the regular super sonic amps. This one has a some extra features such as a biasing control deck on the back of the amp for self biasing. Nice feature to have. Along with the extra speaker included and a big bump in wattage up to 100 watts of power. You will pay a huge chunk of change to get this amp over the regular SS. The price of this one......
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    This is the same amp as the combo version but just in a head version. You get the same features and tone but just the ability to use it with other cabinets. This head has a particularly sweet looking tolex covering. It comes in a blonde/cream tolex covering and a brown grille cloth that match up real nicely together.

    This is a bit different then the regular super sonic amps. This one has a some extra features such as a biasing control deck on the back of the amp for self biasing. Nice feature to have. Along with the extra speaker included and a big bump in wattage up to 100 watts of power. You will pay a huge chunk of change to get this amp over the regular SS. The price of this one doubles.

    This is one of the very best modern amplifiers that Fender has put out. This is more of a high gain amp for Fender but still keeping the vintage clean tones they are so famous for having. The amp have quite a bit of features compared to some of their more vintage styled amps. This one has a fat boost switch and also a reverb to add a bit of depth to the tone. I would call this a vintage modern amp for Fender.



    Fender Super-Sonic 100 Head Features:

    Series: Pro Tube
    Amplifier Type: Tube
    Preamp Tubes: 7 x 12AX7
    Power Tubes: 4 x 6L6
    Reverb Driver: 2 x 12AT7
    Rectifier: Solid State
    Vintage Channel Controls: Gain, Treble, Bass, Mid, Volume, Twin Reverb/Bassman Switch
    Burn Channel Controls: Gain 1, Gain 2, Treble, Bass, Mid, Notch Tune, Volume, Reverb, Send Level, Return Level, Damping
    Line Out: PreAmp Out / Power Amp In
    Extension Speaker jack: 2
    Cabinet Material: Baltic Birch Plywood Cabinet
    Unique Features: Notch Tune Control, Damping Control, Automatic Bias Control, Arena/Club Switch
    Footswitch: 4-Button Footswitch Included
    Cover: Amplifier Cover included



    UTILIZATION

    Details
    Type Tube
    Number of Channels 2
    Power 100W
    No Effects
    Reverb
    EQ Bass/Mid/Treble per channel
    Amp Modeling No
    Number of Tubes 13
    Preamp Tubes 7 x 12AX7, 2 x 12AT7
    Power Tubes 4 x 6L6
    Inputs 1 x Instrument
    Outputs 1 x 1/4" preamp output, 2 x TS speaker output
    Footswitch I/O
    Effects Loop
    Height 10.5"
    Width 26.25"
    Depth 10.53"
    Weight 53 lbs

    SOUNDS

    I like this amp with all kinds of guitars, but mostly I like it with a Fender Stratocaster or a Charvel San Dimas or Socal. I like the light to medium tone of the ash and alder body woods. This compliments the nature of the amp quite well. The clean is very Fender sparkly and jangly. Then you go to channel two and having two gains is almost heaven. This is something you see on several boutique amplifiers. Suhr amps like the PT100 has a similar thing but theirs acts like another channel. This one just gives you deeper and juicy gain distortion.

    OVERALL OPINION

    If you need a god clean tone and a hot rod gainy distortion channel then this is your amp. The clean is remarkable and the gain has so much variation with the dual gains that is makes this amp a lot of fun to play.

    At new these amps come in at around $1799. This is a little pricey for the upgrade head version of the SS. I would recommend playing before blind buying. Having two channels are great and both are exceptional so this is a big bonus. I would recommend anyone to go and try this amp if you get the chance. You may or may not like the voicing but it is a solid amplifier.
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  • iamqmaniamqman

    great amp...kind of pricey

    Fender Super-Sonic 100 HeadPublished on 06/02/11 at 16:40
    This is the same amp as the combo version but just in a head version. You get the same features and tone but just the ability to use it with other cabinets.

    This is a bit different then the regular super sonic amps. This one has a some extra features such as a biasing control deck on the back of the amp for self biasing. Nice feature to have. Along with the extra speaker included and a big bump in wattage up to 100 watts of power. You will pay a huge chunk of change to get this amp over the regular SS. The price of this one doubles.

    This is one of the very best modern amplifiers that Fender has put out. This is more of a high gain amp for Fender but still keeping the vintage clean......
    Read more
    This is the same amp as the combo version but just in a head version. You get the same features and tone but just the ability to use it with other cabinets.

    This is a bit different then the regular super sonic amps. This one has a some extra features such as a biasing control deck on the back of the amp for self biasing. Nice feature to have. Along with the extra speaker included and a big bump in wattage up to 100 watts of power. You will pay a huge chunk of change to get this amp over the regular SS. The price of this one doubles.

    This is one of the very best modern amplifiers that Fender has put out. This is more of a high gain amp for Fender but still keeping the vintage clean tones they are so famous for having. The amp have quite a bit of features compared to some of their more vintage styled amps. This one has a fat boost switch and also a reverb to add a bit of depth to the tone. I would call this a vintage modern amp for Fender.


    Fender Super-Sonic 100 Head Features:

    Series: Pro Tube
    Amplifier Type: Tube
    Preamp Tubes: 7 x 12AX7
    Power Tubes: 4 x 6L6
    Reverb Driver: 2 x 12AT7
    Rectifier: Solid State
    Vintage Channel Controls: Gain, Treble, Bass, Mid, Volume, Twin Reverb/Bassman Switch
    Burn Channel Controls: Gain 1, Gain 2, Treble, Bass, Mid, Notch Tune, Volume, Reverb, Send Level, Return Level, Damping
    Line Out: PreAmp Out / Power Amp In
    Extension Speaker jack: 2
    Cabinet Material: Baltic Birch Plywood Cabinet
    Unique Features: Notch Tune Control, Damping Control, Automatic Bias Control, Arena/Club Switch
    Footswitch: 4-Button Footswitch Included
    Cover: Amplifier Cover included



    UTILIZATION

    Details
    Type Tube
    Number of Channels 2
    Power 100W
    No Effects
    Reverb
    EQ Bass/Mid/Treble per channel
    Amp Modeling No
    Number of Tubes 13
    Preamp Tubes 7 x 12AX7
    Power Tubes 4 x 6L6
    Inputs 1 x Instrument
    Outputs 1 x 1/4" preamp output, 2 x TS speaker output
    Footswitch I/O
    Effects Loop
    Height 10.5"
    Width 26.25"
    Depth 10.53"
    Weight 53 lbs

    SOUNDS

    I like this amp with all kinds of guitars, but mostly I like it with a Fender Stratocaster or a Charvel San Dimas or Socal. I like the light to medium tone of the ash and alder body woods. This compliments the nature of the amp quite well. The clean is very Fender sparkly and jangly. Then you go to channel two and having two gains is almost heaven. This is something you see on several boutique amplifiers. Suhr amps like the PT100 has a similar thing but theirs acts like another channel. This one just gives you deeper and juicy gain distortion.

    OVERALL OPINION

    If you need a god clean tone and a hot rod gainy distortion channel then this is your amp. The clean is remarkable and the gain has so much variation with the dual gains that is makes this amp a lot of fun to play.

    At new these amps come in at around $1799. This is a little pricey for the upgrade head version of the SS. I would recommend playing before blind buying Having two channels and both are exceptional is a big bonus. I would recommend anyone to go and try this amp if you get the chance. You may or may not like the voicing but it is a solid amplifier.
    See less
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