Supro 1685RT Neptune Reverb: New amp, old styling

Supro 1685RT Neptune Reverb: New amp, old styling

Supro launched the new 1685RT Neptune Reverb 2×12 combo this week. It looks very much in line with their traditional retro styling and appears to be taking aim at the market for classic, clean-sounding, gig-worthy guitar .

Neptune Reverb 2×12

With a 2×12 layout and plenty of clean headroom on tap, the new Supro 1685RT Neptune Reverb is in the same size category as the Vox AC30 or Twin. This American-made amp has some classic styling and a Class A power section, which should give plenty of clean headroom before it breaks up.

The valve-driven onboard reverb uses a four-spring 17” long reverb tank, so I’d expect it to sound pretty lush. There’s also a built-in tremolo at your disposal as well. The combination of these two effects should give you plenty of great retro tones and help make this a very versatile amp.

Black Magick Speakers

The speakers used here are two custom 12″ Supro BD12 Black Magick speakers. That’s more than enough to handle the amp’s 25-Watt, self-biased 6973 tube power amp output section. The preamp section is driven via a set of four 12AX7 valves. There’s a a simple yet effective control section comprising of a Volume,  a two-band EQ, ‘Verb’ knob for reverb, plus Speed and Depth knobs for the tremolo.

All told, this looks like a very tasty little (okay, maybe not so little) combo that should be well-suited for gigging guitarists looking for some retro and classic Rock / Blues tones. It’s a no-channel-switching, high-gain monster, but then if you are looking for this then that isn’t what you are after anyway!

The price seems reasonable for an designed and built in the USA. I would, of course, suggest that you listen to the demos below – let us know what you think!

RRP – USD 1499

Supro 1685RT Neptune Reverb  product page


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