Supro Huntington II

Recorded direct into Focusrite Saffire 6 interface into MacBook Pro using GarageBand.
Clip 1: Bridge pickup soloed. Tone at 75 percent.
Clip 2: Neck pickup soloed. Tone at 100 percent.

The Supro brand is tied to some of the earliest innovators in guitar and amp history—a lengthy tale that would easily take up much more space than is available. In more recent news, the mad scientists at Supro have taken features from their storied guitar and bass lineage to concoct the Huntington series of basses. They’re offered in single-, double-, or triple-pickup configurations (with corresponding numerical designations). Here, we’re checking out the dual-pickup Huntington II.

Shapes of Old and Foils of Gold
The physical makeup of the Huntington is based on Supro’s early-’60s Ozark guitar, with the 6-string’s unique upper cutaway, smooth contours, and signature headstock being reconfigured for the Huntington’s 30"scale. Our test bass was constructed of mahogany, but swamp ash and alder are also available.

Thanks to the Huntington II’s sounds, I could perform blues shuffles, moody ballads, and even high-tempo
funk jams with sonic authenticity.

Coating the Huntington II’s neck is a black-satin finish, which provides smooth shifting and classy looks. A rosewood fretboard adds visual and tonal warmth. Players who prefer Fender Jazz necks mightbe a little wary of the Huntington’s 1.7"nut width, but it feels comfortable in the hand.

Supro also looked to their past for the Huntington II’s passive electronics. Its single-coil, gold-foil pickups are replicas of the Clear-Tone pickups in some vintage Supros. Independent volume controls are assigned to each pickup. Another historical addition to the Huntington II is an optional piezo bridge, which was included on our test bass. Popping the Huntington’s tone control engages this feature, which works in conjunction with the pickups’ volume controls.

 

Ratings

Pros:
Attractive looks and fantastic ergonomics. Full-spectrum tones for stage and studio.

Cons:
Underwhelming piezo circuit. Audio-taper knobs limit pickup blending.

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Value:

Street:
$924

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An Unexpected Journey
Tonally, Supro’s latest transcends what you might assume from its visual aesthetic. Though its looks are unmistakably vintage, the Huntington II projects a unique combination of edgy and sultry that will make it feel at home in many musical styles. But looks aren’t everything. Thankfully, the Huntington II also feels excellent. It stays balanced on the thigh when you’re seated, and hangs motionless on a strap when you’re standing. I typically prefer a narrower nut on 4-string basses, but the Huntington II caused no hand fatigue. Neck acclimation took very little time and every note was accessible across the fretboard.

To assess its tones, the Supro accompanied me to multiple gigs, where I played it through a Bergantino B|Ampand two HD112 cabinets. Whether it was a blues jam, a multi-stylistic songwriter showcase, or a studio session, the Huntington II delivered dynamic, articulate fundamentals. Soloing the instrument’s neck pickup would please EB-0 fans, as it produced hugelows that were great for reggae and Latin bass lines. And the instrument’s piezo circuit provided some nice acoustic snap, though it did tend to disappear in louder environments.

The bridge pickup projected a wonderful voice with punchy mids and stout lows. It became my preferred pickup for most performances: Sometimes I’d turn the tone knob up for edge and growl, or dial it down for thicker punch. Thanks to the Huntington II’s sounds, I could perform blues shuffles, moody ballads, and even high-tempo funk jams with sonic authenticity.

My onlygripe has to do with the volume dials, which respond like audio-taper controls and dramatically change volume with even minor adjustments. Although this hampered the ease and speed with which I could find desired blends of the two pickups, it didn’t take away from my satisfaction with the Supro’s sounds overall.

The Verdict
Supro’s Huntington II is a true companion for the electric bassist. Its balanced design allows the arms and hands to maintain a proper playing technique, while the smooth neck invites adventurous movements across the fretboard. Most importantly, it pours out thick, dynamic voices—from EB-0-style tones to Wookie-like roars. If you’re searching for a short-scale with striking looks and full-bodied sounds, the Huntington II is an excellent option.

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