Up for sale, a 1957 Fender Super 5F4 in exceptional condition and in perfect working order. Professionally retweeded and boasting an extremely original circuit with stock transformers and a bevy of yellow Astron capacitors, this Super is loaded with a vintage pair of Jensen P10Q alnico magnet speakers.
One of the most rare, sought after, and collectable Fender Tweed amps ever produced and arguably as rare (or rarer) than the Bassman and Bandmaster, the Tweed Super 5F4 offers the same harmonically-rich, dynamic tones of the larger narrow panel Tweed-era amps in a more studio-friendly and portable enclosure. The low end is wooly and thick, the midrange has a smooth growl and cut, and the top end is classic '50s Fender with detail and sparkle. Clear and present, with notable bass register response even at modest volumes, the Super delivers both robust cleans and rich tube saturation, with sweet, singing overdriven bark.
The circuit retains all of the original Triad transformers, along with numerous stock yellow Astron capacitors and a couple modern red dynamite Astron replica caps courtesy of Jupiter. All of the original Stackpole pots are intact, with visible date codes from the 45th week of '56. The power supply has been recapped with high quality F&Ts, and the original gray two-prong power cable is present (a three-prong can be installed at the buyer's request for no additional cost). The power tubes are a modern pair of Tung Sol small bottle 5881s (6L6GC), with a vintage RCA rectifier and a combination of vintage and modern valves in the preamp.
The cabinet is loaded with an era-correct pair of Jensen P10Q speakers with dark blue/green frames and clean Jensen foil labels on the magnet bells. Both speakers have original smooth cones and bold model and date stamps on the edges of the frames from the 43rd week of '58. The stock tube chart is present, denoting a 5E4 circuit, yet the actual circuit is the 5F4 evolution (the chart even has factory markings changing the power tubes from 6V6 to 6L6, indicative of the switch to the 5F4 circuitry). The "GJ" date stamp on the tube chart translates to October of 1957.
The cabinet has been professionally retweeded with the correct diagonal lacquered tweed, along with modern oxblood/gold stripe grillcloth. The original Super badge on the amp's face is intact, along with the stock sphinx glides (feet). The chrome-plated faceplate has ample shine with only very minor pitting and virtually all of the white silkscreened text intact. The full complement of chicken head knobs is also present. The leather handle is a modern replacement.
As the only large tweed era Fender to switch power tube configurations in the mid '50s (many came with lower power 6V6 tubes), this 5F4 circuit Super equipped with 6L6s is a rare, professionally-maintained and extremely well-kept example.