Fender Brownface Super

Fender Super Brown
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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
Faceplate

  • 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

Cabinet

  • 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
Speaker

  • 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
Tubes

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

Bias: Fixed Bias, nonadjustable
Rectifier: GZ34

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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.

  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.

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