Box Of Tricks

Supro’s Black Mag­ick gets a spring-loaded up­grade. We check the shim­mer…

Guitarist - - First Play - Words Nick Guppy Pho­tog­ra­phy Olly Cur­tis

Whether it’s gui­tar amps or choco­late bars, re­launch­ing a brand that’s been out of the mar­ket­place for a good few decades isn’t al­ways easy. So it’s been grat­i­fy­ing to see the suc­cess­ful re­turn of Supro dur­ing the past few years, es­pe­cially af­ter its ex­tended so­journ in near-sta­sis.

Now un­der the con­trol of Pigtronix gu­rus Ab­sara Au­dio, the re­vi­talised Supro brand mixes vin­tage vibes with mod­ern re­li­a­bil­ity for some ex­cit­ing re­sults. And this is par­tic­u­larly ap­par­ent in the Black Mag­ick se­ries, in­spired by a unique Supro amp owned and al­legedly used by Led Zep le­gend Jimmy Page, now on loan to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame mu­seum.

This is­sue we’re look­ing at the new Black Mag­ick Re­verb combo, de­vel­oped in as­so­ci­a­tion with Lenny Kravitz – a man who knows a thing or two about vin­tage tone, as well as writ­ing and pro­duc­ing the oc­ca­sional hit sin­gle here and there.

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