Just in time for its 50th anniversary, Supro has reissued the S6420 Thunderbolt tube guitar amplifier. Like the Fender Bassman, the Thunderbolt was originally intended to be a bass amplifier. While far from a stellar bass amp, the Thunderbolt quickly became a holy grail tone device for electric guitar players. Indeed, the first time you crank up this Thunderbolt reissue, you'll be treated to a huge, raw, overdriven, rock 'n' roll tone cascading from a custom designed 15" Supro TB15 speaker. Simplistic, sporting only a tone and volume control, the Supro S6420 Thunderbolt tube guitar amplifier's cathode-biased 6L6 output section produces 35 watts of pure rock 'n' roll power.
The Supro S6420 Thunderbolt Combo Guitar Amplifier at a Glance: Supro - a brief history The Supro Thunderbolt - a historic mistake, a modern miracle 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 also 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. The Supro Thunderbolt - a historic mistake, a modern miracle Once upon a time, a certain manufacturer created one of the worst-sounding bass amps ever produced. It was underpowered, distorted like crazy, and the speaker's baffle board couldn't handle low frequencies, so it fluttered around in a disruptive fashion. The manufacturer continuously tried to market the amp to bass players, but they all turned up their noses. All seemed lost. Then one day, an adventurous lad plugged an electric guitar into the amp, turned it all the way up, and experienced the most amazing, raw tube distortion they had ever heard. It sounded positively huge! Before you knew it, guitarists from all over the land wanted to experience this epic, raw, overdriven, tooth-rattling sound for themselves. A promising young guitarist named Jimi was even spotted playing through one while he was on tour with Little Richard and the Isley Brothers. The rest, as they say, is history! The Supro S6420 Thunderbolt Combo Guitar Amplifier Features: 35-watt cathode-biased 6L6 output section delivers plenty of tone and volume 1 x 15" custom designed Supro TB15 speaker delivers classic vintage sound Tone and volume knobs makes dialing in your tone simple