SUNN® Settings

SUNN 1200S Sound Settings

Here's a set-up guide for the SUNN 1200S. Bassist extraordinaire Ray Riendeau hung out in our offices for an entire day while we tweaked the settings, listened to some killer bass riffs, and took notes. Our R&D team also relied on Ray's input during the final sound tests.

While the six suggested settings were done with the 1200S, you could certainly adapt them to the 300T as well.

For our Tone-Party, Ray Riendeau played his American Deluxe Jazz Bass V. The active EQ knobs were all set "flat." The Pickup Pan knob was set in the center, except for the Jaco tone.

The PAD switch on the 1200S was pushed "in" except as noted.

For basses with PASSIVE electronics, we'd recommend trying the same settings, but with the PAD switch disengaged.

The SUNN 410T cabinet was employed with the tweeter knob set on 1/2, except as noted.

 =Switch engaged (pressed in)
   =Set the volume to taste

P.S. Don't forget the importance of FRESH bass strings. The American Deluxe Jazz Bass V comes equipped with great-sounding Fender OEM 8250 "Super Bass" strings, and the sound settings outlined here DEPEND on a good string-tone!

Also note that the 1200S has FOUR speaker outputs. If you want to use multiple cabinets, hook them to these jacks individually with heavy-gauge speaker cables! Otherwise, "daisy-chaining" the cabs may provide an unintentional fireworks display. This amp has so much power; it will fry your cables if you hook it up wrong. Incidentally, either head with a 215 and 410T in tandem makes an incredible combo. Enjoy!


 SUNN Model T Settings

A huge stack of SUNN amplifiers was a common sight at major concerts and festivals of the ‘60’s and ‘70’s...even Woodstock! While the new Model T looks very much like an old SUNN from that era, it is actually an all-new tube amplifier with some unique modern features.

Here’s a list of things to notice about the SUNN Model T.

  • Discriminating players will dig its "transparent" tube purity. When you plug in a Tele, it sounds like a Tele; a Strat sounds like a Strat, a Guild sounds like a Guild. Inexperienced players may need to be shown how cool this is! It is not like using a $80 distortion pedal, which makes every guitar sound like...a $80 distortion pedal.
  • The Model T is simple to operate, like all Fender amps. There are no confusing push-pull pots, graphic EQ’s, or other gadgets to get in the way. Many of those "features" make it easier to set an amp the wrong way, plus they dilute the aforementioned tube purity. A simple signal path allows more pick dynamics, and more effective changes from the volume knob on the guitar. Almost like channel switching from the guitar!
  • The effects loop can be set for separate levels for each channel so you don’t overload your FX device with either channel. You can set it up to have equal levels whether the loop is on or off, and the loop can be completely bypassed with the included footswitch or with the pushbutton on the back of the amp. Almost any effect unit will work with the Model T.
  • The ARENA/CLUB switch allows 100 or 25 Watt output. This lets the amp be used in a variety of situations, large or small.
  • The TROUBLE LED’s and BIAS POTS let the user diagnose failed output tubes, install new tubes, and set the optimum bias without the aid of a technician. This saves the customer time and money.
  • Don’t forget, the SUNN MODEL T 412 enclosure is optimized for use with the Model T head. It is not just an old SUNN or Fender cab with new cosmetics, but a new design by our engineers, and a toneful addition to the line. The big closed-back 13-ply birch "straight" cab provides the thump, and the Celestion G12T-75 speakers make it sizzle.

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