A Legend Reborn
In 2013, Absara Audio purchased the rights to the Supro brand name from infamous Fender amp designer, Bruce Zinky. In collaboration with Zinky, our 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 our 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. The great irony is that Supro went out of business during that same year! Since then, the raw, blues power of Page’s Chicago-made Supro amplifier has been unattainable unless you had the fortune to acquire a vintage piece.
The signature element of a Supro amp is its “Class-A” power section, which maintains remarkable clarity and dynamics when overdriven. This gritty midrange sound is the original alternative to Fender… you could call it “the other white meat” of classic American tone! Every element of our Supro reissue amps has been designed from the ground up to bring this long-lost, holy-grail amp to musicians at a working player’s price. The Blue Rhino Hide tolex was specially made, the cabinetry is vintage-correct, the USA-made speakers are totally unique, the transformers are custom and the sound is 100% authentic Supro. Supro reissue amps are hand-assembled in Port Jefferson, NY, USA. In the 2 years since we announced the return of Supro, production capacity for these amps has been sold out, leading ultimately to the acquisition of a new, 15,000sq ft. musical instrument factory on Long Island to meet worldwide demand.
Supro amps are now sold in every major retailer worldwide, bringing these classic tone machines to more guitarists than ever before. The team here at Absara Audio, Pigtronix and Supro is determined to deliver a world-class experience for all Supro customers: from our distribution partners to the retailers that sell our gear, and of course, to the musicians who play our amps. We will provide concierge-level service to any and all customers who may need support. Supro reissue amps were born out of a passion for Rock & Roll as well as a deep respect for the history and unique circuity behind the Supro sound, and we nailed it! Joe Perry, Brian Setzer, Paul Simon, David Hidalgo, Joe Walsh, Randy Bachman, Steve Stevens, Robbie Krieger and Adrian Belew all agree. So go grab a guitar, and Discover the Legend for yourself!