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SUPRO meets SUPRO

Posted: Sun Nov 15, 2020 12:28 pm
by lhwarp
SUPRO meets SUPRO

My Supro Westbury LH guitar has now a mate under the form of a Supro 1605R "Reverb 1964 Series" amplifier :blush: :

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It's a like new September 2020 2nd hand model, that I could snag for a reasonable deal in my local music shop... 8)

Originally, I was suspicious, given that the few Supro amps I tested some years ago appeared deceptive to me : Jupiter 1688RT and Saturn 1648RT. They both sounded dark and bassy, with a metallic, atonal reverb :squint: . And moreover, they were (and still are) costy... So not for me, too bad... :(

Frankie, my long time pal - and owner of the shop - called me : "this time, you should be interested". So I came with my Supro Westbury for testing that little 1605R. ???

And he was right : balanced tone, decent reverb, "dirty-smooth-vintage" sound, quite loud nonetheless, cute look and size... OK, it's not a SF/BF Fendery tone, and don't expect Hi-Gain despite the presence of a Master Volume, though : I said "dirty-smooth-vintage"... Right ? :)

I tried to trap the amp dialing-in some poor tones, but no uglyness came, no matter the setting, conversely to the Saturn and Jupiter where I had to search for dialing-in a good tone ! A good surprise, so...

Then I traded out my mint Marshall Class5 - an excellent amp, for sure :fp: - for the Supro 1605R, more suitable to me for Soul, Rhythm'n'Blues, Rock'n'Roll... :w00t:

Below the newcomer in my 5-watters herd... ;D

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-lhwarp.

Re: SUPRO meets SUPRO

Posted: Sun Nov 15, 2020 9:53 pm
by Shadoweclipse13
That's lovely! I'm jealous of your lefty Supro and love your little 5W amp town!!

Re: SUPRO meets SUPRO

Posted: Mon Nov 16, 2020 12:40 am
by Gav Haus
yep, that's great. I have a hankering to try one of the new big Supro amps having bought a Blues King 12 in lockdown #1 and been blown away with how good it is.

Re: SUPRO meets SUPRO

Posted: Mon Nov 16, 2020 4:27 am
by sepiareverb
Love my 1605R.

Re: SUPRO meets SUPRO

Posted: Mon Nov 16, 2020 6:23 am
by lhwarp
Gav Haus wrote:
Mon Nov 16, 2020 12:40 am
yep, that's great. I have a hankering to try one of the new big Supro amps having bought a Blues King 12 in lockdown #1 and been blown away with how good it is.
Shadoweclipse13 wrote:
Sun Nov 15, 2020 9:53 pm
That's lovely! I'm jealous of your lefty Supro and love your little 5W amp town!!
Thank you Guys ! :)

I never tested the Blues King - maybe it sounds better than the 1688 / 1648 ?

-lhwarp

Re: SUPRO meets SUPRO

Posted: Mon Nov 16, 2020 10:35 am
by lhwarp
Another offset guitar that sounds great with the Supro 1605R : my modded (cheap / underrated) Harley-Benton JA-60LH OW "Tempest", with her Roswell "Jazzmaster-like" pickups (reputedly the same as found on the Squier JM)...

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-lhwarp

Re: SUPRO meets SUPRO

Posted: Tue Nov 17, 2020 3:37 am
by Gav Haus
The tiny little chap sat amongst the others.

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Re: SUPRO meets SUPRO

Posted: Tue Nov 17, 2020 12:23 pm
by lhwarp
Gav Haus wrote:
Tue Nov 17, 2020 3:37 am
The tiny little chap sat amongst the others.

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Ah, a Blues King 10 - or 12 ? - another interesting Supro amp : I should test one... :)

Oh, they could have made them bicolor... ::)

-lhwarp.

Re: SUPRO meets SUPRO

Posted: Tue Nov 17, 2020 12:27 pm
by Gav Haus
It’s a 12. Really great little box.

Re: SUPRO meets SUPRO

Posted: Wed Nov 18, 2020 8:37 am
by lhwarp
Gav Haus wrote:
Tue Nov 17, 2020 12:27 pm
It’s a 12. Really great little box.
Good ! 8)

-lhwarp.

Re: SUPRO meets SUPRO

Posted: Thu Nov 19, 2020 9:37 am
by BarnyardCoral
Awesome! My CPJM with Revel JM neck/SD Ant II bridge sounds darn near perfect with my Saturn MKII.

Re: SUPRO meets SUPRO

Posted: Sat Nov 21, 2020 12:46 am
by lhwarp
My CPJM with Revel JM neck/SD Ant II bridge
Ah. I have some problems to decipher these abreviations... :unsure:

Inside view of the 1605R :

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I experimented a supplementary RC filter on B+ to make it dead silent :

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Since it is not perfect - and I want perfection - I am studying a little choke placement now :

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-lhwarp.

Re: SUPRO meets SUPRO

Posted: Mon Nov 23, 2020 9:56 am
by Tritone
That's really cool, especially your modded Supro guitar.

I have two Supro guitars (a Hampton and a baritone Hampton), and a Comet. I love the Comet, but I agree the reverb is the weak point. If it had reverb like my Fenders or Swarts, it would absolutely be my favorite amp.

Re: SUPRO meets SUPRO

Posted: Tue Nov 24, 2020 4:02 am
by lhwarp
Tritone wrote:
Mon Nov 23, 2020 9:56 am
That's really cool, especially your modded Supro guitar.

I have two Supro guitars (a Hampton and a baritone Hampton), and a Comet. I love the Comet, but I agree the reverb is the weak point. If it had reverb like my Fenders or Swarts, it would absolutely be my favorite amp.
Thanks @Tritone ! :)

Details of the pickguard mod - I didn't liked the position of the volume pot way too close to the treble pickup... >:(

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Yes, the reverb is not premium on many Supro amps, but on the 1605R, I'd say that it is acceptable - and much better than what I heard on the Supro Saturn 1648RT and Jupiter 1688RT that I tested. I agree : this is not a Fender SF one...

-lhwarp