Supro Amps: Classic American Tube Tone
Supro Amps are a bit of a legend in the guitar world. Used by the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Albert Lee and countless others, Supro amps helped lay down the foundations of blues and rock. But Supro’s roots go way back, to a time before rock n roll even existed… All the way back to the birth of the electric guitar!
Supro dates back to around 1926, in the pre-electric guitar days. Originally calling themselves the National Resophonic guitar company, Supro made resonator guitars that became a blues tone standard prior to amplification. Eventually, National and Dobro merged in the early ’30s to form Valco and Supro. Valco-made Supro amps were soon tearing it up on Chicago’s south-side scene, establishing the tone that has been synonymous with electric blues ever since. In the mid 60’s, Jimi Hendrix was playing a Supro Thunderbolt amp on tour with Little Richard and the Isley Brothers. Soon after, Jimmy Page showed his love for the classic blues guitar tones by using a Supro Model 24 to cut numerous Led Zeppelin tracks. And so it goes.
Guitarists inspire one another with technique and tone, and Supro’s been there the whole time. From Chicago blues, to American psych, to British rock, to modern Indie, Supro is the way to go.