july 2015

Fender issued two versions of the Super-Sonic 60. The original version (shown here) was released in 2005. Fender revised the circuit for the 2009 version.

Simple circuit tweaks to fatten the vintage channel and balance the burn channel.

Hi Jeff,

I have an older Fender Super-Sonic 60. I really like its sound, but I find the clean channel's Vibrolux setting a little too thin. Is there a way to fatten it up? Also, on the second/OD channel, I find I need to crank the bass knob all the way and turn the treble knob to only 2 or so to get a useable sound. Is there a way to make the burn channel's “noon" settings more balanced so I can get a warmer sound?

Thank you,

Pat Edwards

Hi Pat,

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