NAMM 2017 Spotlight: Brand New Supro Guitars and AmpsPublished February 8, 2017
We have just had a hands on experience with the brand new range of Supro Guitars and Amplifiers, and we are thoroughly impressed. We tried out the Supro Hampton electric guitar from their brand new Island Series, plugged into a Supro Classic Series Amplifier. We first noticed the high quality of craftsmanship and overall finish, with their classic sound and style coupled with a modern feel, it’s no surprise that the Supro Island and Americana Series were chosen as the Best of NAMM 2017 Winners in the Guitars Category by MusicRadar.
The Supro Island Series guitars are updated, high-performance instruments based on the 1962 version of the Supro Ozark. The timeless curves of their vintage solidbody design have been enhanced with ergonomic set-neck construction, satin-neck finish and comfortable 12” radius with rolled fretboard edges.
All three of the Supro Island Series models come equipped with vintage Gold Foil pickups—accurate replicas of the original Supro “Clear-tone” pickups of the 50s and 60s. These unique, field-coil pickups are low-noise single coils with no pole pieces, an extra-wide magnetic field and a huge, broadband tone. The Island Series guitars are available in single, double and triple pickup configurations with a range of unique metallic colors, as well as black, white or tobacco flame maple. More information on the complete Island Series can be found here.
The History of Supro:
In 2013, Absara Audio purchased the rights to the Supro brand name from infamous Fender amp designer, Bruce Zinky. In collaboration with Zinky, their Pigtronix design team created a line of Supro 1964 reissue tube amplifiers which first debuted at the 2014 NAMM show. The legacy of Supro amplifiers stretches back to the 1930s and reaches its original peak in the mid 60s with the Blue Rhino hide models that inspired the reissues. While guitarists such as Jimi Hendrix, Link Wray, David Bowie and Dan Auerbach used Supro amps and guitars, no musician is more closely associated with the Supro brand than Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin. It is well known that in 1968, Page used a Tele plugged into a customized 1×12 Supro combo amp to record all of the guitar parts on Led Zeppelin’s debut album.
Our first stock of the new Supro Island Series of guitars has just arrived, and we can now take customer special orders for any Supro products. We are looking forward to stocking more and more of the Supro range and we’re excited for our customers to check them out too. Our current range can be found in store and on our online shop here.