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Underrated all-tube amp
The Fender Super 112 is one in a family of "Red Knob" ("RK" for short) amps that Fender released in the early 1990s. It is a 2-channel, 60W amp with 1 12AT7 and 2 12AX7 tubes in the pre-amp and 2 6L6-GC tubes in the power section. An optional footswitch can be used to toggle between the clean and high-gain channels. It comes standard with one 12" Fender speaker (OEMed from Jensen), and a true spring reverb. It has an effects loop and dual instrument inputs. When used alone, input #2 provides a cut of 6dB. With 3-band EQ, reverb and presence controls, the tonal possibilities are expansive. An external speaker out allows the connection of an 8 ohm or 16 ohm extension cabinet for even bigger sound.
Although not as famous as Fender's "Reverb" amps (Deluxe Reverb/Princeton Reverb/Vibrolux Reverb/Super Reverb/etc.), and plagued by a wacky volume control (0 is off, 1 is ear-splitting loud) with an anemic high-gain channel, the RK Super amps are often considered the "red-knobbed stepchild" of Fender amp royalty--except to those lucky few who own them.
The "Super" family of RK amps (Super 60/112/210 combos and the 60 head & 60 rackmount head) deliver a crispy and bright clean tone that rivals anything Fender has every produced, with clarity and headroom easily surpassing that found in many of the more popular models. The high-gain channel is also more useful than it is given credit for--unsatisfactory tone is more often than not operator error (the somewhat unique behavior of the EQ and presence knobs in particular seem to baffle a lot of folks). But the issue is rendered almost meaningless to anyone (almost everyone?) with their own OD/distortion/fuzz pedals, as the RK Super amps are excellent pedal platforms. In short, for the discerning musician pursuing vintage tube-amp goodness or pristine "Fender cleans" on a budget, the entire Fender RK Super line is a hidden gem.