“Communication Breakdown” and “Good Times, Bad Times” in an amp? The Supro 1695TH Black Magick head is supposed to deliver just that. Supro released the combo version 1695T back in 2016 and this new head version of the amp seeks to give you more of that tone in a head format. A matching cab is also on offer. But could this amp be too specialised in terms of tone to find wider appeal?
Two 6973 tubes are used in the power amplifier and four 12AX7 in the preamplifier. You get 24 watts (Class A) and it has two channels, which can also be played in parallel. The controls are also the same with Volume 1, Volume 2, Tone, Speed and Depth for the valve-driven tremolo, and two inputs. The original highly customised Supro that Jimmy Page used to record much of the early Zeppelin records was a combo and so this head version isn’t a direct copy but does allow you to use it with other cabinets for example.
In terms of styling, Supro has – unsurprisingly – gone with the whole vintage vibe, which suits the sound perfectly. This wouldn’t look out of place in a guitar catalogue from the late ’50s 0r early ’60s, especially if you buy the matching cabinet and have it perched nicely on top!
The price tag isn’t cheap for an amp that’s essentially a one-trick pony, though, and the combo version is cheaper to buy. However, if you want a classic guitar tone very similar to Jimmy Page’s sound on the first few Zeppelin records, and prefer a head and cab stack to a combo, then this is for you.
Supro 1695TH Black Magick head – RRP – GBP 1299 and 1×12 cab GBP 799 both plus taxes/shipping