Supro 1690T Coronado 35-watt 2x10" Tube Combo

35-watt 2-channel All-tube 2x10" Guitar Combo Amplifier with Tremolo - Blue Rhino Hide Tolex
Supro 1690T Coronado 35-watt 2x10
Supro 1690T Coronado 35-watt 2x10
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The Rebirth of an Elusive Legend

The Supro 1690T Coronado tube combo guitar amplifier is a bonafide blues monster, with its robust Class-A, 35-watt dual 6L6 output stage. Plug into the Coronado, and you'll quickly understand why the original was all the rage in the Southside Chicago blues scene in the early 1960s. You'll revel in the Coronado's articulate and refined sound, as your playing oozes through a pair of custom designed 10" Supro CR10 speakers. At Sweetwater, we're simply blown away by the big, yet needle sharp tone that the Coronado's flexible 2-channel tremolo preamp produces. Plug in and lose yourself in gigantic, expressive, mind-blowing tone with the Supro 1690T Coronado tube combo amp!

The Supro 1690T Coronado Tube Combo Guitar Amplifier at a Glance:
  • Supro - a brief history
  • Two channels provide awe-inspiring flexibility
  • The Supro 1690T Coronado - Jimmy Page's secret weapon
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 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.

Two channels provide awe-inspiring flexibility

The many guitarists here at Sweetwater are simply mind-boggled by the astounding number of sonic variations that the Supro 1690T Coronado is capable of. The magic happens when you plug into the Coronado's first input, which links the amp's two channels together, each with its own independent volume and tone controls for double the input signal and double the gain. Start twisting and you'll get it. Of course, the Coronado's second input operates as a single preamp.

The Supro 1690T Coronado - Jimmy Page's secret weapon

"I was using the Supro amp for the first album and still do," Jimmy Page was quoted as stating during a 1977 interview. He further claimed to have used a Supro amplifier for his epic guitar solo at the end of "Stairway to Heaven." What specific amplifier was Jimmy playing? According to Jimmy, he grabbed a Telecaster and plugged it into what was later identified as a modified Supro 1690T Coronado (with a 1 x 12" speaker like a 1624T Dual-Tone). If you Google the topic, you'll quickly discover that guitarists have been searching for (and debating) this elusive tone for decades. Now, with Supro's reissue of the Coronado, Jimmy Page's secret weapon could be your secret weapon!

The Supro 1690T Coronado Tube Combo Guitar Amplifier Features:
  • 2-channel, tremolo preamp produces big, yet sharp tone
  • Linkable 2-channel, tremolo preamp produces awe-inspiring selection of tones
  • 35-watt, Class-A, dual 6L6 power section delivers plenty of volume
  • 2 x 10" custom designed Supro CR10 speakers deliver classic vintage sound
Make that elusive tone yours with the Supro 1690T Coronado tube combo guitar amplifier!

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Tech Specs

Type Tube
Number of Channels 2
Total Power 35W
Speaker Size 2 x 10"
Effects Yes
EQ 1-band
Preamp Tubes 4 x 12AX7EH
Power Tubes 2 x 5881/6L6WGC, 1 x 5U4GB (Rectifier)
Inputs 2 x TS
Footswitch I/O Yes
Height 16"
Width 23.625"
Depth 10.5"
Weight 45 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 1690T

Customer Reviews

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I've never heard an amp sound so big.

The Supro Coronado is everything I ever wanted in an amp. The 2x10 configuration gives plenty of low end response while also providing all the attack and punch you could ever want. And of course I cranked it all the way up the first time I played it. I've never heard anything so incredible! This amp's natural overdrive is to die for. For a second, I actually felt like Jimmy Page while playing the Coronado. The best part, even when I'm running this thing full blast, it never loses clarity. The definition is always present in my sound, which is something I've never found in an amp until now. The Coronado is also an amazing amp to use with stomp boxes. I run it on the clean side with my pedal board. The clean sounds on this amp are so smooth spanky, then when I kick on my Pigtronix Disnortion and my Pro Co Rat 2, it takes things to another level. After I played a gig with it, somebody came up to me and said, "I've never heard a guitar amp sound so big!" That was all the validation I needed for buying this tone beast.
Music background: Active guitar player, tone enthusiast

Excellent amp and service from Supro

The first Coronado that I ordered from Sweetwater had a problem with the Channel 1 input. I called Supro and they immediately sent me a replacement. Really fantastic service. The replacement amp plays like a dream. I ran both single coils and humbuckers through it and both manifested beautiful, clear tones throughout. The tremolo sounds like a dream. There is also plenty of headroom to run pedals and this baby sounded great with a crunchy Tube Screamer setting, as well as a raising hell Rat Pro Co. Highly recommended!
Music background: Songwriter, guitarist

Supro 1690T

I confess I don't have one yet. I have a 1964 S6420 running a 2x10 celestion loaded cab. All original wiring, has been retubed and biased and still rocks. I have used it both in studio and live on all sizes and venues. I wonder how the new coronado would sound next to it? Any others out there with this experience?
Music background: Pro guitarist. Guitar Tech.

Best Tone Amp

This combo amp is simply amazing. The way it shapes my MXR distortion plus is perfect. It does have a very specific clean tone (nothing like a Fender). Tremolo is very nice. Simple controls, but the tone knob has a huge range... especially when the volume is up. 4.5 rating is because the second input wasn't working. Sweetwater quickly sent another amp which works fine. I would also recommend using an attenuator... but like I said, it handles distortion pedals beautifully. This is the last amp I will ever need. I play a Telecaster. I also enjoy using my radial ABY switch for solos.
Music background: Semi Pro

Worth the wait !!!

I was fortunate enough to get one of the low serial numbered (#23) Coronado Reissues made in the US. Build quality is fantastic although there were some Quality Control issues that Supro needs to address. Solid as any amplifier I've played in the last 30 years. This amplifier was built to last. Here was my experience regarding the QC issues 1) no power cord included - Supro customer service made it right and shipped one 2nd day air 2) One of the transformers was missing a nut - bought a replacement for 9 cents and made the repair myself 3) One of the Sovtek power tubes was red-plating - still waiting on the replacement tubes. PLEASE don't let these issues steer you away from this product as I WOULD STILL BUY IT AGAIN - IT"S THAT GOOD !!! Sound quality is phenomenal. These reissues produce that vintage tone we all grew up with. Clean and articulate. Warm with an aggressive bite if needed. Crunch is to die for. Touch sensitive and very responsive to pick attack. No need to replace the 2x10 speakers - they sound great and will only get warmer as they break in. If you are on the fence with this one or needing to add a new dimension of tone to your gear than this amp is for you. I HIGHLY recommend it !!! Supro does not include a cover or as foot switch with their amp lines. Amp covers must be custom made since Supro does not currently offer them. While I cannot comment on their other amps I can honestly say this Coronado is the best sounding amp I have ever had and I've owned Fender, Mesa Boogie, Orange, Hughes and Kettner and countless others.
Music background: Hobbyist
See also: Combo Amps, Supro, Supro Guitar Combo Amps