• Guys, we've spent considerable money converting the Les Paul Forum to this new XenForo platform, and we have ongoing monthly operating expenses. THE "DONATIONS" TAB IS NOW WORKING, AND WE WOULD APPRECIATE ANY DONATIONS YOU CAN MAKE TO KEEP THE LES PAUL FORUM GOING! Thank you!

Any Love for the `80's Super Champ?

TM1

Well-known member
Joined
Jun 27, 2003
Messages
8,101
Quick history bit.
Paul Rivera was the guy that a lot of studio guitarists went to back in the day. A good example of this is the amp Lukather used on their hit, "Hold The Line". That scorching lead tone was a Deluxe Reverb modded by Rivera. At Fender, he was the R&D guy and Ed Jahns was the production engineer. The Rivera era amps are not to be confused with the "red knob" amps that immediately followed under the eye of Mike Lewis. In the opinion of many, a very inferior design.
I've known Paul at least 30 years.Great guy and a genius amp guy!
 

Don

Well-known member
Joined
Dec 1, 2001
Messages
5,700
I had a Concert II 4x10 combo. It weighed a ton! I found the clean channel was too clean and the dirty channel was too dirty for my needs.

A friend has a Fender Twin Reverb that was modified by Paul Rivera. His father, Jim Cruickshank, was an executive at Fender and he has a few unique Fenders.

ScannedImage-5.jpg
 

Wally

Well-known member
Joined
Feb 27, 2003
Messages
3,329
I had a conversation over the phone with Paul Rivera back in the 1990s when I was working on a Rivera Fandango. I owned Two Super champs, which I still own, so I was curious about the ‘Rivera Era’. When I asked him about his employment at Fender, he informed me that he functioned as a contracted consultant rather than as an employee.
Ed Jahns‘ design work in the 1970s broke new ground for Fender. I believe that the Super Twin and the Super Twin Reverb
were his design, correct? The Super Twin Reverb does that Texas Flood SRV sound with no effort at all, ime.
 

rays44

Active member
Joined
Jul 24, 2001
Messages
2,902
I had a conversation over the phone with Paul Rivera back in the 1990s when I was working on a Rivera Fandango. I owned Two Super champs, which I still own, so I was curious about the ‘Rivera Era’. When I asked him about his employment at Fender, he informed me that he functioned as a contracted consultant rather than as an employee.
Ed Jahns‘ design work in the 1970s broke new ground for Fender. I believe that the Super Twin and the Super Twin Reverb
were his design, correct? The Super Twin Reverb does that Texas Flood SRV sound with no effort at all, ime.
Rivera was trying to get away from the high power amps and concentrate more on tone. Weren't those super twins rated at 180w? I could well be wrong as I'm relying on what I remember reading in the Fender Amp book many years ago.
I spoke with Paul at a NJ amp show many years ago and he was a kind and gracious gentleman. I really hoped that he would get the acclaim he deserved with his own line.
 

Wally

Well-known member
Joined
Feb 27, 2003
Messages
3,329
Yes, the Super Twin and Super Twi; .reverb were 180 watts…6 x 6L6s. Ted Nugent was a proponent. He ran 6 of them with a 2x15 Dual Showman cab running on the Ext Spkr Jack of each amp…1080 watts and 24 speakers on stage while he was using a solid wood, hand carved spruce Gibson Byrdland!!

I am a fan of some of them. Rivera amps. R55, Fandango R30. I owned a .Chris Duarte LTD Ed…1x15, 4xEL34s….great amp. With the 5 button footswitch pedal, there were 10 levels of gain available in a certain configuration Since it also could switch the Effects loop in and out…and you can use that loop for a gain stage. I have a 1999 Knucklehead here on consignment at the moment….basically very much the same amp as the Duarte but without Reverb. All of these amps are R Series, I believe….very similar.
Paul Rivera has always been helpful when I have needed help with an amp…kind gentleman indeed.
 
Top