Initially manufactured by Valco in the 50s and 60s, Supro amps were known for their raw rock and blues tones with players like Page and Hendrix pushing them to their sonic limits. Don’t forget the early Chi- cago blues scene which helped define early Supro amps as one of the go to tones. Like many companies, they disappeared from the musical landscape for quite some time but their instantly identifiable looks and big tones were still sought after. Fast-forward to 2014 and the Winter NAMM show saw the release of Supro’s reissue line of amps to much interest from the guitar playing industry and public. The classic looks are there with the Blue Rhino Hide tolex and sparkly grille cloth and featuring circuits ‘re-imagined’ by amp guru Bruce Zinky it seems like the new Supro is all go.
A 24 watt 1x12 combo the Dual-Tone (as the name suggests) is a two channel amp with tube tremolo. Both channels have just Volume and Tone controls with Speed and Depth knobs for the trem. Interestingly, Channel 1 links both channels together so you can effectively get double the gain and it’s really a matter of tweaking and see what you can come up with. Everything from punchy, clean tones through to jangly rock and grit are on offer. And don’t be fooled by the 24 watt rating.
IN YOUR FACE
There is something about the immediateness of a 1x12 combo that really focusses your sound and the Dual-Tone laps it up. As a strictly clean platform it welcomes both single coils and humbuckers meaning you could do funk gigs, country picking, indie swirl and rock. Open up the Volume control of Channel 1 and then dial in some Channel 2 and you’ve got that splatty breakup that pushes through the mix. A strong mention must be given to the onboard Tremolo too – tasteful and warm it sounds like an old amp (which is a good thing) and can swamp it up or get a little more psychedelic.
BACK TO THE FUTURE
They’ve got a heap of interest all ready for nostalgic types wanting those classic tones from yesteryear but also modern players looking for clean, broken and jangly drive that can work across the board. Super hip in looks they really seem to hit the mark in a world where reissues can often leave you feeling a little underwhelmed. Definitely worth a look!
Hits and Misses
Maintain the traditional looks and features
A range of tones across the board
Can’t pinpoint anything!