Fender Brownface Super

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Model/Circuit Number: 6G4, 6G4-A
Years of Production:
1960 – 1963
Era: Brownface
Configuration: Combo
Controls: Brown forward facing w/ white screened labels, controls numbered 1-10
Knobs: Brown Round

  • Front: 6G4: Normal: In, In, Bass, Treb, Vol – Bright: In, In, Bass, Treb, Vol, Speed, Intensity – Presense – Pilot Lamp ; 6G4-A: Normal: In, In, Vol, Treb, Bass – Bright: In, In, Vol, Treb, Bass, Speed, Intensity – Presense – Pilot Lamp
  • Rear: 6G4: Ground Sw, Fuse (3A), Power Sw, Standby Sw, Speaker Jack, Vibrato Jack


  • Dimensions: 18 x 24 x 10½
  • Hardware: Large Chassis Straps 5 5/8”
  • Handle: Brown Plastic Strap
  • Feet: Chrome Glides
  • Corners: None


Covering Material

  • Tolex/Tweed: Pinkish Brown Tolex(60-61), Rough brown Tolex (62-63)
  • Grill Cloth: Brown (60), Maroon (60-62) or Wheat (62-63)

Logo: Grille mounted, flat, chrome & black script Fender
Weight: 47 lbs

  • Size: 2 x 10
  • Impedance: 4 ohms (8 ohms each in parallel)
  • Model: Jensen P10R, Jensen P10Q or Oxford 10K5(For more info, check out the Jensen Replacement Speakers)

Effects: Vibrato
~Watts: 40 watts

  • Pre amp: 7025
  • Power: 2 x 6L6GC (6G4), 2 x 5881 (6G4-A)

Bias: Fixed Bias, nonadjustable
Rectifier: GZ34


22 Responses to “Fender Brownface Super”

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  1. Comment by Pikamail — December 4, 2011 at 3:33 pm   Reply

    The Brown Super from the early 60’s is a real sleeper. This amp has the same trem circuit as the Concert amp of the same era but with only 2 10″ speakers the amp becomes much more portable. It is tube rectified (unlike the Concert which is solid state rectified) so it can find a sweet spot with power tube saturation at reasonable (though not bedroom) volume. Ask anyone who has lugged a Concert around just to have that swirling tremolo whether they wouldn’t rather have the Super…. yeah… that’s what I thought. The original Oxford or Jensen speakers were low wattage and tended to make for a less than robust bottom end…. but put some modern 10″ speakers in there (think Tone Tubbies or Webers)  and this amp is golden… plenty of stout bottom end, shimmering highs and that killer tremolo… yeah buddy. 

    • Comment by Leo — March 7, 2012 at 8:31 am   Reply

      What model of Weber 10″ speakers should I use?

      • Comment by Eddie — March 26, 2012 at 10:05 pm   Reply

        my brown super has what I was told one original Jensen. it is marked P10R; however, the code is 2208xx, and I think that means ’58; I usually see codes a year earlier than the amp date, so I think this should perhaps say “2209xx”, but then again, I am not sure. I was told the speaker was original to the amp. The fellow I bought it from had it in a studio and said that one speaker was stolen from the amp! My tech happened to have on hand a new Jensen P10R, put it in and the amp has sat in my apartment without use for 2 1/2 years. But a few weeks ago I took it out on a gig and it was just unbelievable. It sounded just fantastic. I couldn’t get over it. So I think the Jensen P10R is a good bet. I have developed back problems and while this is not a heavy amp, but heavy to me, so I was discouraged from bringing it out. I use Princetons on these small gigs I do, and Deluxes on bigger gigs. I have finally shook the reverb habit; amps are lighter without it, and I have grown to prefer the sound; I find it thicker and richer, purer and less harsh. Mine has metal corners, as does the one pictured here on ampwares. Does yours? this site says it should not, but they may not be accurate on every detail. This is a “go to” site for amp info, huh?

  2. Comment by Andrew — March 7, 2012 at 11:07 am   Reply

    I’ve heard that the Silver Bell speakers are pretty good!  You should also consider picking up some G10 Green Back speakers from Mojotone, they have some great pricing if you call in to check.

  3. Comment by Kitchmanster101 — July 27, 2012 at 11:42 am   Reply

    I am glad I found this page! I owned a ’64 Brown Super. I have been asking people about them for the last 30 years and no one could tell me squat about them. Everyone always said it was a Super Amp, and I always argued that it only said Super on it. They said I was Crazy. One of those things you always have hindsight about. I traded it  in 1981 for a 1974 Cougar XR7 automobile in great condition (valued at $1000 by my insurance co.). That amp was the best I ever owned. Loud. Really Loud. Outrageously Loud!!!! I have been trying to replace it since and I have never found anything that comes close to it. I know that the guy I traded it to sold it for $450 in 1985. I knew the guy he sold it to, but lost track of his whereabouts in 1987. The last I heard he vas in Vegas playing in a show band. The first Amp I ever owned was a Gibson Maestro 40w 2 x 12″  with the tubes in front with and metal grate housing them (if you touche it it burned the p#*s out if you). I have no idea what year it was. I only know that it belonged to Pete Brinkley (Original backup guitarist for Chuck Berry’s band), so I’m pretty sure that it was a 50’s period amp. It didn’t even compare to the Super. Not even close. I’m sure the Gibson is worth more now, but it was definently not the better of the two. The only amp that has come close was a 1995 Sovtek MIG50 head, with a Ampeg 2×12″ cabinet. Even the Sovtek was short of the mark.

    • Comment by Eddie — July 27, 2012 at 12:07 pm   Reply

       hey Kitch, glad u found the site too. This is a great site for amp info. I have only used the Super once because I don’t gig that much and most are very small venues where I can get by with a smaller amp. But the Super sounded great and it is here in my arsenal with hopes of using it again. One interesting note; I have noticed that the cabinet is kind of “boxy”, meaning a little bit large. I guess that’s because it is a 1960, meaning a first year brown amp, with Fender perhaps still refining things. It would seem to me that the cabinet should be as small as a blackface Vibrolux. Then again, the cabinet size may contribute to the sound. Either way, it is killer. And Kitch, depending how bad you want one, they are still around on ebay for relatively decent prices.

    • Comment by Bill — May 26, 2015 at 11:47 am   Reply

      There is no such thing as a 64 Brown super.

      • Comment by Pete — February 2, 2016 at 12:49 pm   Reply

        That’s true…by ’64 it would have disappeared altogether?? Or maybe evolved into the 4×10 Super-Reverb?

  4. Comment by henry chinaski — December 3, 2012 at 6:25 pm   Reply

    i have a 5G4 (yes 5) from 1960 and am looking for more info on it. anyone else have one?

  5. Comment by Cigarro — December 15, 2012 at 3:57 am   Reply

    Other speaker alternatives would be to find vintage black frame Jensen C10Ns or Celestion Vintage 10s for this amp. The old Oxfords used animal glue to suspend the voice coils. That kind of glue eventually dries up and the voice coil drops. You can get them reconed and it’ll sound pretty good using modern glues. I’ve heard and used both the C10Ns and Celestion Vintage 10s and they sound great.

  6. Comment by Gordon — August 19, 2014 at 9:58 am   Reply

    I have a brown Super, dated 1960 I think, original 10s, with ! Pedal, needs a handle replaced, original just split in half one day. It’s sitting in my basement unused, next to it is a63 original
    Reverb tank, and in th closet is a telecaster with a four digit serial number… I’m going older now, I don’t rally wanna lug these around anymore.l. Anybody interested in a purchase, let me know… I have a set of spare caps for the amp, included in sale, gordon

    • Comment by Kirk Gabel — August 21, 2014 at 11:49 am   Reply

      Hi Gordon, I stumbled across your posting and would be interested . Could you send me some photos. Please include photos of the serial numbers and your asking price. Kirk

    • Comment by steve Garza — January 14, 2015 at 1:42 pm   Reply

      If you still have the Brown Super I’d be interested in buying. Need pics in and out.

    • Comment by Mark Lockwood — February 24, 2015 at 3:09 pm   Reply

      Hello, Gordan.
      Did you sell your Super. I’d be interested if you still have it

    • Comment by John — November 22, 2015 at 3:44 pm   Reply

      * Gordon — Looking for a reverb tank and perhaps an old Tele. I know this post is ancient, but should you check it, please contact me —


      Cheers and all the best! — John

  7. Comment by sheldon denet — March 12, 2015 at 11:11 am   Reply

    I have what i believe to be a quite rare 5g4 super. I was told at 1 time there was only 127 made like this one .only 1 the speakers is original. IT has the 59 tube arrangement and the “backward buttons” This link is as much as i could find out about it http://wgs4.com/amps-don%E2%80%99t-exist-part-one-1959-brown-fender-super-amp. Anyone else know any more about this. Thinking of selling but need more info.

  8. Comment by Steve — March 17, 2015 at 6:39 pm   Reply

    1962 Brown Super. Sounds amazing. The trem is much stronger than my Concert. Most interesting….this model has JBL 110s which appear original to the amp. I’ve read of a few issued w JBLs as an upgrade. If anyone knows anything about this….please share.

  9. Comment by Todd Houston — October 12, 2017 at 7:08 am   Reply

    I bought a 1961 Super amp in 1984 that had 1 – 15″ Utah speaker in it. I still have the ser# 00143
    It was clean as a whistle. I didn’t realize (being 17 at the time) that it was supposed to have 2 – 10″ in it. Maybe the previous owner switched a Concert Amp guts to a Super Amp cab? Paid 175.00 at Voigt Music in Beloit Wisc.

  10. Comment by Troy — October 29, 2017 at 4:17 am   Reply

    I found a 1962 Brown Super in rural Kentucky. The
    amp sounds fantastic with Fender Design speakers.

    The tremolo circuit is unique to my ears. When set to
    a higher intensity, it has a Univibe quality to it.
    A wonderful amp for sure! Check out the tremolo
    on this thing: https://youtu.be/yGJx0jws2AQ

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