Supro has lifted the lid on The Royale – a combo it's billing as its first “loud clean amp”.
The Royale is designed from the ground up as a high-headroom clean platform. As such, there’s a choice of 35-watt Class A power, or 50-watt Class AB power.
The former offers “delivers the traditional, cathode-biased Supro sound with a bold, spongy midrange”, but flip the toggle and the Class AB offers a more scooped tone reminiscent of Fender-style builds.
There’s a lot of control available via the top panel, with a three-band EQ, preamp volume and boost knobs, built-in spring reverb and a master volume control, plus toggle switches for the boost, reverb and buffered effects loop.
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Speaker duties are taken care of by a single custom 12” Supro BD12, housed in a poplar cabinet, and it’s all wrapped-up with Black Scandia tolex and a hemp grille cloth, which has a smart retro vibe.
Supro says the build is aimed at “genre bending” contemporary players and represents “a new chapter” in Supro’s history . The firm, which was revived in 2014 and acquired by D’Angelico last year, has predominantly focused on reestablishing itself as a name among vintage-style amp market until now, so it will be interesting to see how The Royale fares as a fresh offering for D'Angelico's core audience.
The spec certainly plays to the brand's strengths as purveyors of simple builds that pack a huge punch, tonally. If it plays nicely with pedals, it could see Supro find a home with a wider variety of players.
For more information on The Royale, head to Supro.