I'm not sure my ipod is capturing those harsh high frequencies. I like the way it sounds in the recording, if anything it may be breaking up too early. It also seems to have a hard time with heavy overdrive or fuzz. I will work on getting a recording to demo that.Yes, the 47pF cap is the bright cap.
Hmmm...Aluminum dust cap? I don't remember these having aluminum dust caps. None of the old teal framed ones did, not that I've ever seen. Makes me wonder if yours was reconed.
And the metal dust cap doesn't generally do anything to help with brightness, IME...tends to make it worse.
But that being said, I still thought your clip sounded fine and not harsh at all.
As for where the knobs were set and what you like; IMO, play it the way it sounds good to you...not based on where you think the knobs should be.
Another perspective is...if an amp doesn't sound good to you, maybe it's just not your thing. I don't force myself to try to like some amp (or anything else) just because I know it's highly regarded by others. If I know the amp is functioning properly, with right parts, decent speaker, etc., but I don't really like it...out it goes.
My Super seems to be better at note clarity within chords. the definition is much more pronounced.
As you guys have said it's all about testing and trying stuff out.
I am really glad you all are helping me with this! I'm having fun with it.