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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: 1985 - Current / 1989 SUPER 60

jhiggs

United States

JOHN G HIGGINS
Feb 26th, 2019 01:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

ive owned this amp since 89. bought it new. i've recently had a problem with low volume on the clean channel. i've brought to a number of repair shops and no one seems to be able to find the problem. yes it has new tubes.

RicOkc

Nicoma Park, OK.

"Let the music do the talking"
May 27th, 2019 03:39 AM   Edit   Profile  

I bought a Super 210 years ago off CL.

That's a common problem with that model. I quickly sold it for a profit.

willie

Too Near Atlanta GA

Amp Tech Emeritus
May 27th, 2019 08:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

The Super series which included the Super 60 was prone to a number of service and performance issues. One thing you might want to check is for issues with the jacks. Make sure the contacts are clean and that there are no solder fractures on the PCB connections...fairly common issue. A sudden drop in volume could be as simple as a dirty or oxidized clean channel volume pot.

This amp characteristically has a bit of an anemic clean channel...meaning it's not real loud. There are modifications that can fix that which include beefing up the plate voltage or gain characteristics of the first preamp stage. There are really too many to mention here.

The Super series was both loved and hated by many. They could be really nice sounding amps and I've heard some great tones out of them. I was never really crazy about the design of this series amp with some nips and tucks, they can be really solid, reliable tube amp platforms (solid state reverb of course...:) )

w

RicOkc

Nicoma Park, OK.

"Let the music do the talking"
Jun 24th, 2019 01:00 AM   Edit   Profile  

A post on another forum years ago concerning that series of amps was answered by an engineer that actually worked on the development of those amps.

He stated that the powers to be at Fender wanted a tube amp manufactured as cheaply as possible, so many corners were cut.

There was a company that had a fix for the same issues, but it involved replacing the board. Basically rebuilding the amp itself.

(This message was last edited by RicOkc at 03:02 AM, Jun 24th, 2019)

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Planet Peegoo

Rhythm & Lewd Guitarist
Jun 25th, 2019 08:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

Unless you're married to the amp, it's not worth it. They're not collectable.

If you do this sort of stuff for the sake of tinkering, great! I totally get that approach because it is a lot of fun.

But from a practical standpoint, it's not worth the time and money turning an amp into something it wasn't designed to be in the first place.

willie

Too Near Atlanta GA

Amp Tech Emeritus
Jun 25th, 2019 10:57 AM   Edit   Profile  

I could not agree more...

w

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