Up for sale, a 1954 Fender Super in exceptional condition, complete with the original pair of Jensen P10R alnico 10" speakers. A "Wide Panel" Tweed amp, this particular iteration of the Super is one of the earliest examples of the 5D4 circuit, only available from 1954-55. The Tweed Super is the baby brother of the Bassman in many respects, offering the same harmonic rich, dynamic tones in a more studio friendly and portable enclosure. The low end is wooly and thick, the midrange has just the right amount of punch, and the top end is classic '50s Fender with detail and balance that few other amps can match. Clear and present, with incredible low end response even at low volumes, the Super allows you to easily dial in the right amount of bite and touch-sensitive overdrive when you dig in. After around 4-5 on the volume dial, the amp cascades into full tube saturation, with sweet, singing drive. Freshly serviced, this Fender Super sounds every bit as good as vintage amp lore would suggest.
The circuit is a two-channel four-input design, and both of the original Triad-made transformers are intact. The preamp boasts a bevy of red "dynamite" tone caps, a combination of original Astrons and modern Jupiter-made replicas. The trio of Stackpole pots have date codes spanning late 1953 and the first weeks of '54. An original Astron "dynamite" cap is coupled to the Tone control, and the majority of the original carbon comp resistors are intact too. The power amp has been professionally recapped with F&T capacitors to ensure optimal performance and stability, and the power cable has been upgraded to a modern three-prong. The 5D4 circuit was also the first Super to feature a Standby switch, like the example seen here. The tube set includes a pair of properly biased Tung Sol 5881 (6L6GC) power tubes, a vintage GE 5U4 rectifier, and a combination of vintage and modern valves in the preamp.
The original and extremely clean pair of Jensen P10R speakers are intact with dark green frames and professional recones. The speakers have matching date codes on the edges of the frames from the 8th week of '53, with clean Jensen foil labels on the magnet bell covers and the original red inspection sticker too. The tube chart is largely intact and quite clean, denoting the 5C4 circuit, but also modified by hand at the factory to reflect the updated tube complement of the 5D4 circuit (a common occurrence given how quickly circuits changed in the '50s and Leo Fender's propensity to not waste anything).
The original lacquered tweed is uniformly ambered and particularly well-kept for a Fender amp of this era and size. The cabinet shows minor edge wear, and would be perfectly at home in a studio environment. The original oxblood grillcloth is intact too, and even cleaner than the tweed. The leather handle currently installed is a very faithful replica, and the original handle is also included. The chrome-plated faceplate is similarly impressive in its presentation, retaining the vast majority of the white silkscreen lettering, along with the stock chicken head knobs.
A modern replica Victoria Luggage canvas cover is included, along a few Astron caps which were replaced in the circuit.