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Digital Subscriptions > Guitar Magazine > May 2019 > SUPRO 1812R BLUES KING 12


Offering boutique tones for a bargain price, could Supro’s stylish new combo be a Blues Junior killer?
The boost and gain controls might make some of your favourite stompboxes redundant

“I have about £500 to spend, which valve ampliier should I buy?” It’s one of the guitar world’s most frequently asked questions and the answer has long been simple: the Fender Blues Junior. Portable, decent sounding and giggable (with a sensible drummer), it’s easy to see how it became a huge seller.

Yet recently, new title contenders have emerged, sensing the opportunity to knock the Blues Junior off its perch, and NAMM 2019 saw Supro throw its hat into the ring with the Blues King – an affordable 15-watt combo with mid-century stylings and tones that turned heads on the show loor. Since its 2014 relaunch under the ownership of Long Island’s Absara Audio – also parent company to stompbox irm Pigtronix – Supro’s renaissance has been heady. With rock royalty such as Lenny Kravitz and Joe Perry onboard, the company’s guitar, amp and effects designs reference the past without being shackled to it. This is evidenced by a recent collaboration with stompbox guru Robert Keeley on the pedal-friendly 1970RK ampliier.

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