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Quick SF Super Reverb question...

docgorpon

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I'm looking at a 1976 model of a Fender Super Reverb. I want to get the non-UL version. That didn't happen until 1977, correct? So I'm in the clear?
 

sixty2strat

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how many watts? does it have a rectifier tube? look for the circuit # on the tube chart .A friend play a 77 and it sounds great I would not be afraid of one. UL in a twin is more problematic
 

Belmont

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Reverend Horton Heat recently revealed that his favorite SFSR is a 78 UL version. he has/had a bunch and the UL is his No.1.
I'll take his opinion over interweb BS any day.
 

sixty2strat

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Reverend Horton Heat recently revealed that his favorite SFSR is a 78 UL version. he has/had a bunch and the UL is his No.1.
I'll take his opinion over interweb BS any day.
Rhythm guitarist in my old band has one. went we shopping and tried a bunch of fender amps :new and Ri along with a few SF an BF amps. The best of the lot by consensus was the 78 ul SFSR. First gig he used it at all I could think was how good is sounded. I have a 66 and it's a different amp but not a bad one at all.
 

Mike9

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I have one in a head cab and with a little work they can be a lush sounding amp. I'm using tungsol KT66's in mine into a 4 ohm Weber Cali in a detuned cab - Fender Heaven.
 

mxvin

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Reverend Horton Heat recently revealed that his favorite SFSR is a 78 UL version. he has/had a bunch and the UL is his No.1.
I'll take his opinion over interweb BS any day.
why??...he is one guy who liked a specific amp...
 

docgorpon

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I have no doubt that the UL ones sound fine. I used to buy into the hype of 'blackface good/silverface crap'. But now that I've gotten over that, I'm all about the Silverface amps. Many of my favorite players used them. And I think they sound fantastic.

However, I'm trying to avoid modding any old amps. Being that I've never had a UL amp, I'm going to try to avoid that for the time being. But the main thing is that despite the feeling that I'll never sell one of my amps because they sound so great, I know myself. And there's always a chance. Hence, the UL amp has a slightly lesser resale value that I have to consider.

PS I got the amp. 45 watts. Perfect, un-molested condition.

PS again, I toured with the Rev for a short time many years ago. I thought for sure he'd have some old 50's amp. I was surprised to find that he had the SF.
 

Belmont

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why??...he is one guy who liked a specific amp...
a couple reasons.
he's been around the block and has legendary tone (from using that amp).
I have a 1970 SFSR, I don't have the luxury of having owned or played multiple versions to compare, he has.
I trust his experience and ears.
I do own a UL Bassman Ten and can confirm that it sounds every bit as good as my non-UL Bassman and has non of the negative attributes that people throw around about UL amps.
it has the sweetest breakup and doesn't "stay clean", that's internet BS, as far as the amp I own is concerned.
 
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Tstyle

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a couple reasons.
he's been around the block and has legendary tone (from using that amp).
I have a 1970 SFSR, I don't have the luxury of having owned or played multiple versions to compare, he has.
I trust his experience and ears.
I do own a UL Bassman Ten and can confirm that it sounds every bit as good as my non-UL Bassman and has non of the negative attributes that people throw around about UL amps.
it has the sweetest breakup and doesn't "stay clean", that's internet BS, as far as the amp I own is concerned.

I have a 66 Blackface,,,and I have legendary tone!!!:bonk

T.
 

Belmont

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I have a 66 Blackface,,,and I have legendary tone!!!:bonk

T.
I don't doubt it, that's a sweet amp.

there was a blues bar here that had a couple SFSR house amps, one of them was a 70w UL.
guys would always be complimenting the tone from that amp and have "that look" when told it was the UL version with slight mods.
 

Belmont

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I have no doubt that the UL ones sound fine. I used to buy into the hype of 'blackface good/silverface crap'. But now that I've gotten over that, I'm all about the Silverface amps. Many of my favorite players used them. And I think they sound fantastic.

However, I'm trying to avoid modding any old amps. Being that I've never had a UL amp, I'm going to try to avoid that for the time being. But the main thing is that despite the feeling that I'll never sell one of my amps because they sound so great, I know myself. And there's always a chance. Hence, the UL amp has a slightly lesser resale value that I have to consider.

PS I got the amp. 45 watts. Perfect, un-molested condition.

PS again, I toured with the Rev for a short time many years ago. I thought for sure he'd have some old 50's amp. I was surprised to find that he had the SF.
congrats :beer
 

sixty2strat

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Enjoy the amp


I have a 66 BF and still like the 70's UL, My tone is brings a smile to my face and is not legendary
 

Silent Sound

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Everyone's screaming for headroom these days. That's what the UL amps were made for. You think they'd be even more desirable than the older ones, especially in an amp that you'd have to crank up to ridiculous levels to get power tube saturation anyway. But I've learned to quite looking for common sense in this world a long time ago.
 






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