1955/'56 Fender Tweed Super

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The Fender Super was first introduced in 1947 having evolved from the earlier short lived Dual Professional model and remained in production as a 2×10” amplifier until the 4×10 Super Reverb debuted in 1964. A popular amp then as it is today the Super was a step up from the Deluxe model but more portable than the 3×10 Bandmaster, 4×10 Bassman and 2×12 Twin models.

The narrow panel version was introduced in 1955 following a redesign of the entire amplifier range from Fenders earlier ‘wide panel’ designs. Stylistically similar, the new narrow panel range featured a redesigned cabinet with a thinner, narrow panel at the top and bottom of the speaker baffle, new nameplates and a different, more robust speaker grille cloth. Internally Leo and his assistant Freddie Tavares worked hard to meet the needs of the Rock and Roll artists of the time increasing volumes and adding more tonal range to the amplifiers.

A mid-powered amp in the Fender range the Super puts out approximately 20 watts from two 6L6 output valves, three 12AX7 pre-amp valves and a 5U4 rectifier. Featuring high and low instrument and microphone inputs, presence control, a two-knob EQ section with independent Bass and Treble in place of the lone Tone control of its predecessors, the new Narrow-Panel amplifier would retain its two Jensen P10 Speakers.

Our 1956 example has recently had an electronic service undertaken with the replaced electrolytic capacitors retained. It features the original Triad transformers and two period Jensen P10 speakers. Prior to coming to us the amplifier had been re-covered to a very high standard.