The new Supro 1610RT Comet Amplifier is a great-looking vintage-style amp with visual cues coming firmly from the past. The Supro brand has a fantastic heritage and now the brand is alive again thankfully. Judging by the information available, this latest model seems almost ideal for studio recording applications and offers lots of tones within one small amp.
Supro was a brand from the ’50s that was widely known as being favoured in the late ’60s by players like Jimmy Page, who used a small Supro amp to get his huge overdriven guitar tones on his studio recordings. Like so many of the great names, the company disappeared into the mists of time, yet thankfully now seems revitalised and producing amps one more.
The new Supro 1610RT Comet Amplifier is a low wattage, “go anywhere”-style 10″ combo that you can coax all sorts of great sounds from. The official demo below gives you a good idea of what it can achieve and I have to say I really like it a lot.
Yes, it’s a 10″ speaker, so does have the character of a smaller speaker. I think is a good thing here because the tones in the demos sound tight and controlled. If you want more spread there is also a matching 12″ extension cabinet available in the form of the Supro 1700 BD12.
All units are assembled in NY, USA. The Comet is an all-valve design, powered by three JJ 12AX7 preamp tubes, a single JJ 12AT7 preamp tube and a Sovtek 5881/6L6WGC power tube. The Comet provides both simple and valve-driven reverb and tremolo, which I adore. This is my sort of amp.
You can do a lot with this type of guitar amplifier and it has plenty of easy to use controls which allow you to get what you need, plus there is a really handy power switch that goes between 6W and 14W, making it perfect for recording.
RRP – Supro 1610RT Comet USD $1349 and Supro 1700 1×12 USD $459 plus taxes and shipping
The Supro 1610RT Comet Amplifier full specifications here