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VG APPROVED GEAR

BORN TO GIG
Supro's Titan 1642RT

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upro's new Titan amp is built to play
out. This 50-watt 1x10 tube combo
packs it all into a compact, portable package that's simply antsy to gig.
The Titan cranks out astonishing stage
volume with a crisp, clean crunch. Best of
all, it boasts a heady amount of headroom,
making it ideal to mix and match with a
lineup of pedals. Add in a 1742 Titan 75watt 1x12 sealed-back extension cab, and
you have a powerhouse stack capable of
rocking most any venue.
Back in the day, Fender's tweed 4x10
Bassman was the ideal gigging amp for
dancehalls and roller-skating rinks, with
enough sonic oomph that many a band
even ran their vocal mics through them.
The Twin Reverb took over in the '60s and
'70s for playing bars and even some
larger venues.
Times have changed, and these
days, when it comes to smaller
clubs, the Titan fits the bill -
small yet high-powered with
vintage Class A tube tone. And
it can handle most any array
of stompboxes daisy-chained
together without the need for an
effects loop.
It's also a darn simple amp,
which will pay dividends on stage.
It's powered by two 5881/6L6
power tubes and a silicon rectifier working in concert with four
12AX7s and one 12AT7 and a
printed circuitboard. And there
are just two tone controls - Bass
and Treble - so you won't get
confused in the heat of action.
Those 50 watts of loud are fed
through a single 10" Supro HP10
speaker with a larger magnet and
hemp cone specially designed to
handle the volume. Also packed
into the small 19 x 9 x 14" combo
cab is a tube-driven six-spring
reverb and output-tube tremolo. As
with all Supro reverb amps, the tremolo
is located after the reverb, allowing you to
dial in a haunting, modulated reverb effect.
All that in a 46-pound package, covered
with tough blue rhino-hide tolex.
To hear what this little sparkplug is

capable of, it was tested with a new Zemaitis CS24PF pearl-front guitar featuring
loud-rocking DiMarzio Custom PAF humbuckers. It was also lined up with every
available pedal within spitting distance.
There's no denying the Titan is muscular-sounding, but the amazing thing is how
it retains its clarity as the Volume knob is
twisted northward. Fifty watts is nothing
to sneeze at, and the speaker deals well
with all that horsepower, staying sweet and
smooth no matter how hard it's gassed.
Indeed, the Titan ain't no chugging,
Price: $1,499 (list)
Info: suprousa.com

VINTAGE GUITAR

choking economy car - it's a Hemi, ready to
race. The amp's sound is suitably vintage.
Dial in teeth-jarring treble or go all out
for lowdown bass. The Titan can do warm,
but it's not a complex, mystical warmth. It
doesn't have a wide palette of colors and
tones, but then again that's not what this
amp's about. Rather, the Titan is a perfect
blank canvas for pedals. It remained
articulate with a Fuzz Face added to the
signal chain. Even with a delay, a wah,
and eventually a full pedalboard thrown
in, the amp never faltered.
As for that reverb, it's suitably lush, adding nice depth. Wind up both the reverb
and tremolo together for some crazy ZZ
Top sonic blasts.
Supro also recommends pairing two
Titans for a full 100-watt stereo blast.
Add a pair of the 1742 extension speakers to that and you'd have an incredibly flexible backline capable of handling about any trouble you
could get yourself into.
- Michael Dregni

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