The Rebirth of an Elusive Legend
The Supro 1690T Coronado tube combo guitar amplifier is a bonafide blues monster, with its robust Class-A, 35-watt dual 6L6 output stage. Plug into the Coronado, and you’ll quickly understand why the original was all the rage in the Southside Chicago blues scene in the early 1960s. You’ll revel in the Coronado’s articulate and refined sound, as your playing oozes through a pair of custom designed 10″ Supro CR10 speakers. At Sweetwater, we’re simply blown away by the big, yet needle sharp tone that the Coronado’s flexible 2-channel tremolo preamp produces. Plug in and lose yourself in gigantic, expressive, mind-blowing tone with the Supro 1690T Coronado tube combo amp!
The Supro 1690T Coronado Tube Combo Guitar Amplifier at a Glance:
- Supro – a brief history
- Two channels provide awe-inspiring flexibility
- The Supro 1690T Coronado – Jimmy Page’s secret weapon
Supro – a brief history
Supro’s roots can be traced back to the 1930s, when the National Resophonic and Dobro guitar companies merged to form a manufacturing entity called Valco. Valco manufactured Spanish acoustic guitars, metal-faced resonator guitars, and electric lap steel guitars under a variety of brand names, including Airline, Oahu, and National. They also designed amplifiers for several other companies such as Gretsch, Harmony, and Kay. It was during this time that Valco began producing guitars and amplifiers under the Supro name. Extremely popular amongst Southside Chicago blues musicians in the 1960s, Supro amplifiers proved equally popular with the British musicians who were influenced by them. By the late 1960s, notable guitarists ranging from Jimi Hendrix to Albert Lee to Jimmy Page were seen playing Supro amplifiers. Original Supro amps often sell for premium prices on the used market because of their legendary unique tone.
Two channels provide awe-inspiring flexibility
The many guitarists here at Sweetwater are simply mind-boggled by the astounding number of sonic variations that the Supro 1690T Coronado is capable of. The magic happens when you plug into the Coronado’s first input, which links the amp’s two channels together, each with its own independent volume and tone controls for double the input signal and double the gain. Start twisting and you’ll get it. Of course, the Coronado’s second input operates as a single preamp.
The Supro 1690T Coronado – Jimmy Page’s secret weapon
“I was using the Supro amp for the first album and still do,” Jimmy Page was quoted as stating during a 1977 interview. He further claimed to have used a Supro amplifier for his epic guitar solo at the end of “Stairway to Heaven.” What specific amplifier was Jimmy playing? According to Jimmy, he grabbed a Telecaster and plugged it into what was later identified as a modified Supro 1690T Coronado (with a 1 x 12″ speaker like a 1624T Dual-Tone). If you Google the topic, you’ll quickly discover that guitarists have been searching for (and debating) this elusive tone for decades. Now, with Supro’s reissue of the Coronado, Jimmy Page’s secret weapon could be your secret weapon!
The Supro 1690T Coronado Tube Combo Guitar Amplifier Features:
- 2-channel, tremolo preamp produces big, yet sharp tone
- Linkable 2-channel, tremolo preamp produces awe-inspiring selection of tones
- 35-watt, Class-A, dual 6L6 power section delivers plenty of volume
- 2 x 10″ custom designed Supro CR10 speakers deliver classic vintage sound