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Fender HEADS!

doghouseman

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I have been thinking for the past 20 years that fender should make more heads! I don't know one person that likes to haul around a Super or a Twin. In fact, I would love to have a Twin head or a Super head, but unless I do a custom job, I can't have it.

Anyway. Fender is finally making deluxe head but it is the super sonic?? :huh I don't need 2 channels when I play a fender:bonk What is the common conclusion on a supersonic? I would rather have a deluxe blackface reissue head or a pro-tube head.

http://www.zzounds.com/item--FEN2161000

Troy
 

demea26

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I guess it comes down to what style of music or situation you're in. The Super Sonic 60 head/cab suits me perfectly for the Fender cleans that I need, serves as a great pedal platform and gives me a nice medium gain crunch I love in the burn channel.

Looks incredibly sexy in Blonde/Oxblood, too

(sorry quick pic I took)
 

doghouseman

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What is the overdrive like? Does it fart out like a Tweed? Or is it more mid rangey? How is the low end?

Troy
 

weshunter

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i'd love to have a super head, i've thought about getting an old super and building a head cabinet for it.

for a twin, you could get a sms preamp and a power amp and really dial that in.
 

Blix

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I'd be all over a single channel BF Super Reverb head. I never use the normal channel on those anyway.
 

demea26

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What is the overdrive like? Does it fart out like a Tweed? Or is it more mid rangey? How is the low end?

Troy
Nope. Its not like a cranked Tweed or Bassman, but more like a Marshall to be honest. I believe its supposed to like the Prosonic gain, but I've never played a Prosonic so I cant speak from experience.

I do own Marshalls, though and the way I have it dialed in (you can see the gain knobs) sounds fairly similar. Especially since I normally use a some OD pedals out front like a TS9, OCD or Fulldrive2 and it sounds really good. To me at least.

The bottom end is somewhat loose, but not terrible. Tightens right up with the TS9 engaged and dialed in with gain on 0, tone and level about 12 o'clock.
 

zenas

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The Fender Duel Showman Reverb is a Twin Reverb in a head. Yeah it didn't come out till the silverface years but they made it.

I just restored a 1965 TR that was cut down into head. Now it's a proper combo with a pair of JBL D131s and it's heavy as hell but sounds great.
 

FFTT

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I'd love the Twin, Super, VR & DR in a head version with switchable output impedance.
 

smolder

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I agree... fender should make:

1) a single channel Twin/Super reverb head (switchable power levels)

2) single channel Deluxe Reverb head

3) both of these in 1x12 and 1x15 combo format.

this seems pretty obvious to me... but maybe the price of used sf fenders is the problem.
 

jetstrat

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Rick Hayes at vintage sound will build one for you with ptp wiring. They are not that expensive and sound killer.
 

Kelsey

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There are parallels between head/cab and combo amps in the BF and SF years, although most of the heads lack reverb and speaker impedance match varies: Tremolux/Vibrolux, Showman/Twin, etc.
 

Mattbedrock

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I love my Fender heads. I have a pair of great BF Tremolux's, Bandmaster, Bassman and a Dual Showman.





I even build myself a stereo Bandmaster to use in my stereo gig rig:



To me, what's really missing from the lineup is a smaller 6v6 based head, like a Deluxe or Princeton in head form. But it would be easy to make one.
 

Mattbedrock

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I love my Fender heads. I have a pair of great BF Tremolux's, Bandmaster, Bassman and a Dual Showman.





I even build myself a stereo Bandmaster to use in my stereo gig rig:



To me, what's really missing from the lineup is a smaller 6v6 based head, like a Deluxe or Princeton in head form. But it would be easy to make one.
 

FFTT

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The Gries 12 and 35 are true hand wired, high quality Black Face circuits.

Mike Moody also builds the most excellent Magic Amps Vibro-Prince and Vibro Deluxe 22 watter

Both builders offer head versions with switchable output.
 

Bucksears

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I've had my SRRI as a head with a 2x12 cab for a few years now. Head was a custom from Lopoline (additional height requested for the reverb tank), cab is a Mojotone 212. Speakers are a bitch pairing it up with a 2x12 cab because there aren't many 4ohm speakers out there.
I always dug wheat grill cloth on black cabs; note the green jewel light too.

Interestingly, I'm thinking of ditching this setup altogether for a Supersonic 60 head/cab. Getting the itch for tube distortion again.

 

Che_Guitarra

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I made a head on their behalf. It's a '63 Fender Brownface Princeton minus the tremolo.



Sound good? Nah - sounds freakin epic!
 






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