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SUPRO 1696RT BLACK MAGICK REVERB

Lenny Kravitz is not known as an amp designer, but he helped Supro with this reverbed-up recreation of Jimmy Page’s legendary studio favourite. Huw Price finds out how the magick happens…

If it wasn’t for the fact that they remain one of Jimmy Page’s most mythologised studio weapons with Led Zeppelin, it’s likely that vintage Supro amps would be regarded more with fondness than the reverence they are today. That said, nobody knows for sure which model or models Page was using on those first two Led Zep albums, which leaves those wanting to nail that elusive overdrive sound in something of a bind.

Albert Lee says that he and Page bought their Supro amps in 1961 from Selmer’s, and it’s known that Page’s amp had a 12-inch speaker. It’s been suggested that he had it converted from its original 2x10 format, and debate rages about whether Page’s amp was equipped with 6L6 or 6973 power valves.

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