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Talk me out of a '72 Super Reverb

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by matthet, Feb 17, 2009.

  1. matthet

    matthet Member

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    Ok, so I'm really getting interested in a vintage Super Reverb. I've found a couple of '72's on craigslist for a solid price
    so SR owners chime in!
    I've done a decent amount of research, but i still haven't haven't nailed down the "bad" years for these amps
    It's my understanding that 72's to 69's are pretty durn close to a blackface and if desired i can mod it to a blackface circuit with little effort.

    anyway, have at it!
     
  2. n.j.

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    What's the solid price? They're great amps, my '64 might be the best amp I own

    Get it if it's a good deal. Vintage Fenders are very tough to beat.
     
  3. ReddRanger

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    As far as I know, '72 would still be a good year for a Super.

    I've got a '73 Vibrolux and it's a bitchin' amp indeed. Not blackfaced either.
     
  4. ozspawn

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    I've got a '72 SR. They are loud. Very, very loud.
    Watch out for the original CTS speakers. The cones
    tend to sink back into the frames. A recone will make
    them sound good again. The SR is a bit cold sounding
    compared to a Vibrolux Reverb, which is lyrical and sweet.
    However, the SR's forte is it's penetrating tone at any volume.
    I believe John Mayer once said that a SR was too cool for him.
    SR's are not a toy. They're a man's amp. They sound big and loud.
    Great for Blues, ala SRV.
     
  5. matthet

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    that's exactly what i'm going for, my current amp (which i would run in tandem with the SR) is very dark, bold, and mid heavy, i love the tone out of it, but often find myself wanting a stronger, more articulate tone counterpart.
    the SR's i've played just plain sound HUGE and in a way i could really use!
    i'm looking for that big bad tone to counterpart my fat but mellow tone i'm getting with my current set up
     
  6. bynt

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    I'm not going to try to talk you out of it 'cause I LOVE em!!!
     
  7. jazzwannabe

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    Just be sure the amp you choose hasn't been hacked up, and if it were me I would avoid anything with a master volume. Not sure, but I think Fender started using master volume on the big amps around '72-'73.
     
  8. matthet

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    i think it was '75 when they put the master volume on em
     
  9. superswede

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    Any SR is a nice amp. Every SR without master volume is a great amp. A BF SR or a early SF SR could be a stellar sounding amp. If you want that kind of sound then there is no other way. A few times I have thouht about selling mine but howe can you part with one of the greatest blues/soul/rock amps ever? I allways come back to it!
     
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  10. PLAYLOUD

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    I love that, "They're a man's amp."
     
  11. drgonzoguitar

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  12. GearHeadFred

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    72 was still a "good year".. My bandmate has a '72 Twin that I've worked on for him. Only minor differences from 'Blackface'.. very easy to do if you like... or maybe it sounds good as-is...

    If it's a good price... do it!
     
  13. buddyboy

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    It's going to be different than a BF Super Reverb by a good stretch. Maybe that would suit you though, you never know. I think by '72 you're talking different rectifier tube, trannies, cabinet, different voltages, etc. All this adds up to a slightly different tone than a classic BF.
     
  14. BudLite

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    TOO HEAVY, TOO LOUD plus its a big combo 4 10's for God sakes, a head and cab are better....OK enough said, Move on...
     
  15. Tone_Terrific

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    and some of them are woofy.
     
  16. Matters

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    If the price is right then go for it. I recently got a 1969 SR and had it converted to blackface specs and am blown away by how good it sounds. It replaced a Super Reverb Reissue. Yes they are loud and heavy, but IMO it is well worth the tone. Have fun.
     
  17. GearHeadFred

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    Not too bad as long as you leave it on "10" :banana
     

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