The Supro 1808 Blues King 8 is a modern rendition of the low-wattage Supro amplifiers that were produced in Chicago during the mid 1950s.
Every element of the Blues King 8 amplifier was developed from scratch to deliver the legendary headroom and dynamics that define the vintage Supro sound. This timeless tonal recipe includes a genuine Class-A all-tube signal path, custom 8″ speaker and vintage-style wood cabinetry.
When your guitar signal hits the front end of the Blues King 8, it goes directly into a 12AX7 tube preamp, where the audio is gained up and sent to a 12AU7 triode power amp that is capable of delivering a whopping 1 watt of pure American guitar tone. The Blues King 8 stays true to the Supro legacy by faithfully delivering a broad palette of clean and dirty tones for professional recording and home practice environments. Simply put, this little amp produces an enormous studio sound when placed in front of a microphone.
The front panel of the Blues King 8 offers Volume, Tone and Master Volume controls, along with a footswitchable Boost function that adjusts the gain of the tube preamp. The Blues King 8 also features a Line Output that allows this combo amp to double as an outboard tube distortion unit feeding another amplifier or DAW. The Line Output in the Blues King 8 is conveniently located before the Master Volume, allowing you to crank the preamp gain while blending in the sound of the on-board 8″ speaker to taste.
The vintage-inspired poplar cabinetry is based on the mid-50’s Spectator model and comes loaded with a BK8 speaker. This custom-made, 8″ driver was specifically designed to capture the magic of the original field-coil speakers used by amp makers at the dawn of the electric age.
Classic power section for superior tone
The secret to the classic Supro tone is the power amp. True to the originals, the Blues King 8 has a vintage style power section and Class A tubes. This construction allows the amp to pump out crunchy tones that sit perfectly between rock, blues, and country. The Blues King 8 has simple controls to let you shape the sound. You can tweak the input volume, master tone, and master volume to create your perfect sound. When you crank the input volume and keep the master volume low you’ll produce a hard-hitting saturated tone without waking the dead.
Another thing that sets the Blues King 8 apart is its custom-made 8″ speaker. This speaker is designed to capture the essence of the original speakers that made Supro famous. This speaker has a bold midrange that breaks up perfectly as you increase the volume. And guitarists enjoy the line output that eliminates the need to mic your amp for recording.
- Master volume control allows you to create huge, saturated tones at low volume
- Custom BK8 speaker produces extra punch
- Line output eliminates the need to mic your amp for recording
- Boost strengthens midrange response
- Class A power section delivers classic Supro tones
- Optional footswitch engages boost (sold separately)
- Type: Tube, Class A
- Number of Channels: Single channel
- Total Power: 1W
- Speaker Size: 1 x 8″ Custom Supro BK8
- Preamp Tubes: 1 x 12AX7
- Power Tubes: 1 x 12AU7
- EQ: Tone control
- Inputs: 1 x 1/4″
- Outputs: 1 x 1/4″ (internal speaker), 1 x 1/4″ (line out)
- Footswitch I/O: 1 x 1/4″ (boost)
- Footswitch Included: No
- Construction Material: Poplar Cabinet
- Power Source: Fixed AC cable
- Height: 13″
- Width: 13″
- Depth: 7″
- Weight: 15 lbs.
Hailing from Chicago’s rock ‘n’ roll scene, the Supro Blues King 1×8 tube combo amplifier delivers classic tones and styling suitable for the modern guitarist.
The Laney Ironheart IRT120H is a thoroughly modern tube head capable of full on metal tones but offers you far more than other metal oriented amps. It’s loaded with four premium TAD 6L6 loaded tubes. The feature packed preamp is laid out logically and features three distinct channels (Clean, Rhythm and Lead). Each channel features passive 3-band EQ with push pull options for Deep, mid shift and treble shift which allows you to dial in the exact tone you are after. The master section features an overall Dynamics control which allows you to vary the interaction of the amp the drivers. Depending on the volume, an overall Tone control, a Laney custom Digital Reverb and a Watts feature allow you to dial the out put of the amp back to a whisper without destroying your tone.
One of the coolest features of the IRT120H is a switchable Pre-Boost facility which functions just like kicking in your favorite boost pedal in front of your amp. This gives your playing more dynamics and feel. The rear panel of the unit features everything you need to connect your outboard gear, a variable level FX loop, a variety of extension speaker sockets and the supplied FS4-IRT footswitch connection socket. You’ll also find the switch that gives you the ability to change the output tubes from the factory should you like. Finished in tough black basket weave Tolex with matching front fret and brooding red glow, it looks as good as it sounds.
- Footswitchable Pre Boost
- Three channels: Clean, Rhythm and Lead
- Class AB
- Bass, Middle and Treble with push-pull EQ shift on each channel
- FSR-IRT standard footswitch
- Variable FX loop
- Master Presence
- Laney designed digital reverb
- Two speaker connections
- Two 6L6 tubes
- Four ECC83 tubes
A vintage tube amp from the 70’s in excellent working condition. Has been completely reconditioned by a professional tube amp specialist in the United States. Everything on this amp is working great including the beautiful built-in foot-switchable tremolo circuit. Two EL84’s drive four 10″ speakers with a spring reverb (also foot-switchable) as well as a treble boost with a 2-band EQ.