Fender Rad Owner's manual

Fender Rad Owner's manual
 THE SOUN THAT CREATES LEGENDS
— RAD
P/N 040203
The Fender RAD Amplifier
represents years of research and
development by Fender's engineers
and countless musicians. The four
basic preset push-button sounds
programmed into the RAD range
from Classic Fender Clean to Mega-
metal Screaming Overdrive
Distortion.
Each of the four pre-programmed
sounds can be further modified by
Fender's exclusive "CONTOUR"
control. The internal circuitry
provides midrange "tone shaping"
that will continuously vary your
sound from smooth and bluesy to a
punchy honk or all the way to 10 for
the ultimate overdrive.
The Overdrive circuit used for
the "CRUNCH" and "LEAD" presets
incorporates Fender's innovative
"smooth clipping" circuit. This circuit
concept is designed to simulate the
way tubes clip and produce the
overdrive distortion sound so popular
with musicians today. The exclusive
V.G.S. (Variable Gain Structure)
design causes the gain structure of
the amplifier to be completely re-
arranged for each preset sound. The
V.G.S. design allows for the correct
~ gain setting, and overall equalization
curve to maximize each preset
sound.
The 25 watt power amplifier
section of the RAD utilizes Fender's
"Clean Comp" compressor to assure a
clean clear sound when the
"BRIGHT" and "FULL" presets are
selected. Don't be fooled, this 25
watt amplifier is loud; crank it up and
be amazed.
A number of professional
features have been added to the RAD
like PREAMP OUT & POWER AMP
IN Jacks which can be used as an
Effects Loop. The PREAMP OUT is
connected to the input of your effect
(chorus, digital delay, digital reverb,
etc.) and the output from the effect is
returned to the POWER AMP IN. The
PREAMP OUT can also be used to
connect your RAD directly to a
recording console or sound
reinforcement mixer. The
- HEADPHONE jack automatically
mutes the speaker in addition to
driving Stereo or Mono headphones.
The HEADPHONE jack can also be
used as another line level output.
The selection of a Fender
amplifier will reward you with years
of quality music in a wide range of
sonic possibilities. This manual is
designed to familiarize you with the
features and functions of your RAD
amplifier. Read this manual carefully
so you will benefit from these
features as soon as you start using
your new Fender amplifier.
The built-in quality of a Fender
amplifier is the result of over four
decades of dedication in the
combined skills of the Fender design
team.
That's why we proudly say.......
FENDER, the sound that creates
legends.
WARNING: TO REDUCE THE RISK
OF FIRE OR SHOCK, DO NOT
EXPOSE AMPLIFIER TO RAIN OR
MOISTURE.
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INPUT 1- A high impedance,
high sensitivity plug-in
connection for instruments.
INPUT 2- Plug-in connection for
instruments. This input exhibits
a lower input sensitivity than
INPUT 1 and is useful with
active preamp guitars, and will
provide a darker tone with
passive guitars. Both inputs are
identical when used
simultaneously.
C.
(Note: Selection of either of the
following preset buttons C,D,E,
or F will release the previously
selected preset button.)
NORMAL/BRIGHT- Activates
the BRIGHT preset in NORMAL
mode for a clear, undistorted
sound with a mild boost in the
upper mid and high frequency
range. Useful for adding
brilliance to a guitar with
humbucking pick-ups. This is
the classic Fender clean sound
ideal for a crisp rhythm guitar
part.
NORMAL/FULL- Activates the
FULL preset in NORMAL mode.
Also used for clean playing, this
preset features a flatter frequency
response than the BRIGHT preset
resulting in a fuller guitar sound.
Great preset for a mellower jazz
sound.
DRIVE/CRUNCH- Activates the
CRUNCH preset in the DRIVE
mode, useful for semi-distorted
rhythm or lead playing. This
preset rearranges the: gain
structure of the amplifier in order
to provide more gain for
generating distortion without a
large increase in apparent
loudness. It also automatically
switches in special "soft clipping"
circuitry to emulate the sound of
the most popular tube amplifiers
on the market today.
DRIVE/LEAD- Activates the
LEAD preset in the DRIVE mode,
useful for full out lead playing
and "metal" power chords with
lots of sustain. This preset
further modifies the gain
structure of the amplifier and
also activates the "soft clipping"
circuitry.
CONTOUR- Adjusts the overall
tone quality of all presets
without affecting the signal level.
Low CONTOUR settings will
provide boost/emphasis in the
midrange frequencies where as a
higher setting (7 or above) will
notch the midrange to produce
sounds characteristic of most
"metal" music when in the
DRIVE modes.
VOLUME- Adjusts the overall
loudness of the amplifier. (Note:
this control does not affect the
volume of the TAPE INPUTS
(Item J).)
TAPE INPUTS- Plug-in
connection for any line level
(500mV) stereo or mono signal.
This signal is mixed into the
power amp along with the
instrument signal from the
preamp. It has fixed gain and is
unaffected by any of the front
panel controls; however the
signal will be affected by any
device inserted between the
PREAMP OUT (Item K) and the
POWER AMP IN (Item L). It is
useful for patching in a CD or
Tape Player, rhythm machine or
other signal source to be used as
an accompaniment for practice
or performance. The output
level control of the external
signal source is used to control
its own volume while the front
panel VOLUME (item H) control
is used for the instrument in
order to obtain a balance.
PREAMP OUT- This jack
provides an unbalanced output
signal from the preamp and
TAPE INPUTS (Item J). This
output can be used in
conjunction with the POWER
AMP IN (Item L) jack as a
patch point for effects units (i.e.
as an EFFECTS LOOP). This
signal can also be used to feed
recording and sound
reinforcement mixers or to drive
other amplifiers as slaves. This is
done by connecting a standard
guitar cord from the PREAMP
OUT jack of the master
amplifier to the POWER IN jack
of the slave.
POWER AMP IN- This
unbalanced jack inputs signal
directly to the power amp. It
automatically disconnects the
preamp signal when used. This
is useful when using the effects
loop option or using the RAD as
a slave amp.
HEADPHONES- This jack
provides an output to standard
stereo or mono headphones for
private listening. NOTE: Use of
this jack automatically disables
the main speaker.
CAUTION: Prolonged listening
at high levels may be hazardous
to your hearing!
This jack can also be used as an
unbalanced line output, which is
post effects loop, by using either
a stereo or mono 1/4 inch
phone plug connection.
POWER INDICATOR- When
this indicator is illuminated the
HOT is receiving power.
POWER SWITCH- Turns AC
power On and OFF. When the
switch is OFF the amplifier is
completely shut down.
LINE CORD
This amplifier is equipped with a
grounding type supply cord to reduce
the possibility of leakage current. Be
sure to connect it to a grounded
receptacle. Operation from an
ungrounded (two pronged) AC
receptacle requires a three-to-two
contact grounding type adapter. Be
sure to connect the adapter's
grounding lead to a good earth
ground. DO NOT ALTER THE AC
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FABRIC CARE
The exclusive Fender fabric covering
on your cabinet has been especially
designed for years of lasting beauty.
A very light soapy solution on a
sponge may be used to remove dirt
and residue that may accumulate on
the surfaces. Be careful not to let any
liquid come in contact with the
operating surfaces. DO NOT have
the amplifier plugged into the power
outlet when cleaning.
TROUBLESHOOTER'S CHECKLIST:
If the amp is set up but does not
function, check the following items:
— ls the amp power cord
properly plugged into an
electrical outlet?
— ls there power at the outlet?
— ls the speaker properly
connected to the amplifier?
— Are all the control knobs
turned up above four?
— ls the volume control on the
instrument turned up?
— ls your instrument properly
plugged into the amplifier?
(Eliminate any effects pedals
and try another guitar cord.)
If, after checking all of the above, the
system is still not performing
correctly, consult your Fender Service
Dealer.
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RAD SPECIFICATIONS
PART NUMBER:
DIMENSIONS: Height:
Width:
Depth:
WEIGHT:
INPUT IMPEDANCE: INPUT 1:
INPUT 2:
NOMINAL LEVEL: INPUT 1:
INPUT 2:
POWER OUTPUT:
RATED LOAD IMPEDANCE:
TAPE INPUTS INPUT IMPEDANCE:
EFFECTS LOOP: Nominal level:
Output Impedance:
Input Impedance:
POWER REQUIREMENTS:
SPEAKER COMPLEMENT:
SOUND:
22-6000
14-1/4" (36cm)
15" (38cm)
7-3/4" (20cm)
20 Ibs. (9.1 kg)
only — 490k Ohm
2-87k Ohm
only — 100mv
200mv
20 watts R.M.S.
8 Ohms
68k Ohms
10dBv
1k Ohm
37k Ohm
120 Volts AC, 60 Hz., .63 Amps Max., 75 Watts Max.
One 8 Ohm Fender Special Design 8 inch speaker (P/N 036232).
"Kicks $$!"
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