Fender Super-Sonic 22 Combo Review

Vintage Guitar’s October 2010 issue features a review of Fender's new Super-Sonic 22 Combo amp and includes more than a few glowing adjectives: killer, knob-tweaking euphoria and stand-out.

“Keeping a traditional appearance, the amp is something of a sleeper hot rod,” writes Sean O’Bryan Smith. “It has the look of a Deluxe and vintage styling touches like cream-colored knobs. But underneath is a roaring pile of combustible fury.”

So pick up Vintage Guitar, flip to page 146 and find out everything you need to know about Fender's newest amp.

Here's a video of Stan Cotey playing a Jackson Slat-3 seven-string guitar, in Standard tuning with low “B” string, with the bridge position EMG 81 pickup engaged. Even with this much preamp gain on the Super-Sonic 22, you can still hear every note distinctly, and hear the strings within each chord. There are no effects, and the amp's reverb is turned down to enhance the tightness of the distorted rhythms:

From Fender:

Fender has unveiled the next generation of its Pro Tube series Super-Sonic guitar amplifier family with the introduction of the Super-Sonic 22 Combo, Super-Sonic 60 Combo, Super-Sonic 60 Head and Super-Sonic 212 Enclosure. The Super-Sonic concept is built on the idea of professional-level tube performance for guitarists who crave exemplary Fender clean and overdriven tones, along with expressive modern high-gain distortion, all in one no-nonsense amp.

The Super-Sonic 22 Combo, a 22-watt tube combo, delivers versatility with the organic feel and moderate output power of the legendary Deluxe Reverb amp, making it perfect for most stage and studio applications. The “Vintage” channel delivers pure, unmistakable Fender tone; the awe-inspiring “Burn” channel ignites musical inspiration with overdrive ranging from bluesy to flamethrower. And while the 22-watt, 1×12″ Super-Sonic 22 is capable of heavily saturated tube distortion and sustain, it never masks the tonal character of the guitar that's plugged into it. Offered in classic Black/Silver or the revered 1961 Blonde/Oxblood cosmetic treatment; both versions include ivory “radio” knobs and flowing 1960s script logo.

The new and updated 1×12″ Super-Sonic 60 Combo offers those features too, but kicks the power up to 60 watts and is fine-tuned for increased bass response and fatter tone. Its “Vintage” channel takes its cue from two legendary Fender favorites, the Vibrolux and the Bassman. It too is offered in classic Black/Silver or 1961 Blonde/Oxblood cosmetic treatment; both with ivory “radio” knobs and flowing 1960s script logo.

The muscle and finesse of the Super-Sonic 60 Combo also comes in a piggyback design in the form of the new Super-Sonic 60 Head and Super-Sonic 212 Enclosure. The former packs the two-channel punch and versatile features of the combo version and is built to drive the latter—a rugged cabinet housing two 12″ Celestion Vintage 30 speakers, with rock-solid Baltic birch-ply construction, oversized baffle board for increased resonance, knurled thumbwheels for securely mounting the Super-Sonic 60 Head, and chrome tilt-back legs for increased projection.

For more information, please visit www.fender.com

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