NAMM 2019: Supro introduces the Blues King 12 amplifier

As a nod to Supro’s history, this 15-watt combo hopes to capture the sound of early rock ‘n’ roll.

Supro blues king 12 amplifier
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Supro has unveiled the Blues King 12 amplifier, a 15-watter that aims to capture the sounds of early rock ’n’ roll and the British Invasion.

The amp boasts a single-ended, Class A tube power amp, a 6L6 power amp tube, and a 12AX7 preamp tube. It comes with footswitchable gain and boost modes. In the former mode, cascaded FETs unleash “face-melting levels of distortion and sustain”, according to Supro. There’s also an in-built analogue spring reverb that, unfortunately, isn’t footswitchable.

To nail those classic guitar tones, the Blues King 12 has a 12-inch BK12 speaker that’s modelled on the original field-coil speakers found in early American tube amps. Even its poplar cabinetry is inspired by a classic model: Supro’s own mid-50s Comet.

A three-band EQ, master volume, a reverb level knob, and two switches to activate the abovementioned modes are all the controls you have to wrestle with. On the back panel, you’ll find a buffered effects loop, a line out jack, and two inputs to plug in your footswitches that engage the boost/gain modes.

Check out a full demo of the amp below:

Retails at $900. More information at suprousa.com.

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