Fender Super 60

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Fender Super 60

The Fender Super 60 was a short-lived amplifier model that the company brought out in the late 1980s.

If you look close enough, you just might find one used online, but should you bother? With so many great amplifiers available, you probably don’t want to bother to seek this one out, but if you see one somewhere going cheap, why not get it?

It’s a Fender real tube amp with a nice sound that will make any electric guitar sound great.

There’s just nothing really special about it.

Produced only from 1988 to 1992, Fender's Super 60 was available as a combo amp, a head and in a rack-mounted version.

It was a with white labels and those distinctive red, unnumbered knobs.

The Fender logo is mounted on the gray grille cloth and is presented in raised chrome-on-black script.

The combo model sported a single 8-ohm speaker.

Offering up about 60 watts, the Super 60 also came with reverb installed. There’s a footswitch jack, too.

Its power is adequate for playing most clubs and small venues. It featured two 12AX7 pre-amp tubes and got its power from two 6L6 tubes.

It’s a two channel amp with clean and distorted channels.

The distorted overdrive channel gives just about the right sound for classic rock.

Reviewers say that the lack of a separate EQ for the overdrive channel is a bit of a drawback, but it’s nothing to be too concerned about.

And here’s something important to remember: Fender is currently producing a Super-Sonic 60, a versatile and high-gain amp, but this has nothing to do with that. They’re two separate things that shouldn’t be confused.

Since the Super 60 model was only made for five model years, the supply of them on eBay is limited, keeping prices fairly high.

So that brings us back to the original question: Should you -- an electric guitar player looking for the best sound possible and hoping to get a good value, too -- bother to look for a Super 60?

It’s an all-tube amp with a great sound, and it’s worth grabbing if you see one going at a good price.

And if you see one in a used musical instruments store, plug in and have a go. While you’ll be as impressed as ever with the Fender tube sound, you won’t be particularly impressed with the Super 60.

The Fender Super 60 is sadly a thing of the past, likely to eventually be forgotten.

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