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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: 1985 - Current / SuperSonic 22 harsh at low volumes


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Richard Strickland
Aug 28th, 2017 07:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just bought a Super Sonic 22 based on video demos. I wasn't able to try one out first because no stores in my area carry them, so I ordered one expecting to get the sounds I heard in the demos. So far I think the clean channel is great, but the burn channel sounds harsh and non-articulate. I'm about to return it because I'm unimpressed with the sound, but I thought first I would ask some people who have possibly owned one of these amps if they normally sound this way. I have both the treble and middle set to 4, which seems pretty low, but there is still a metallic clang to the sound. I'm not able to play very loudly because I live in a townhouse — I don't think I've had the volume higher than two. Also, the reverb has some hiss when turned up past 5. So here are my questions:

Does the speaker simply need to break in for the sound to smooth out?

Is the harsh sound due to the stock Groove Tubes,the speaker type, or a combination of these things?

Is this amp simply not good for playing at low volumes (I've ready from many people that this amp sounds great at low volumes)?

Can anything be done about the reverb noise?


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Aug 29th, 2017 05:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Most tube amps with OD channels sound thin and raspy at low volumes. Try lowering the gain until it sounds good and use an OD pedal for extra juice.


usa metro detroit

Sep 3rd, 2017 06:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

So many questions..

A) what guitar are you using? the SS sounds great with single coils (I.e what Fender sells the most of.. and decent with humbuckers)

B) what style of Overdrive were you expecting? Marshall, Mesa ... well you got the Supersonic type.. which is different... Yea I know... NO SH%T SHERLOCK!.. but did you really consider that factor when you bought it? I.e that you were buying an amp the was know for it's unique overdrive (U either like it or hate it)

You can alter the sound of the amp by changing the preamp tubes. Something like 12ay7 in v1 a normal 12ax7 in v2 and a 12at7 in v3 this combo or something like it will soften and smooth the overdrive and probably warm up the cleans.

Speaker break in is huge if that amp is new ... you haven't broke that speaker in yet. And when you do so, if you still don't like it .. change it to a brand that you know of an amp you like.. Usually that does the trick... cause speakers are the no#1 factor in an amp's tone

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