Bucket-brigade analog chorus with an individual voice and stereo functionality opens doors to classic and irreverent modulation worlds.
Unique voice that straddles classic and weird modulation worlds. Effective stereo capabilities. Toppy voice will stick out more effectively in many mixes.
Lives on the pricier side of the analog chorus affordability line.
There are distinct tendencies in Supro's design philosophy. Certainly, they are a style-conscious bunch. Everything in the Supro line looks ace. But you also get the feeling that Supro stuff is designed and built by players—particularly those on the performing and recording side of the equation. And whether a Supro product is absurdly simple, like their 1-knob '64 Super amp, or more option-rich like the Supro Chorus reviewed here, they're equally terrific at facilitating a direct path to a great sound and adventurous routes to unexpected ones.
The analog bucket brigade-driven Supro Chorus adroitly walks the border between those two places. Inspired in no small measure by the rack-mounted Roland Dimension D stereo chorus, it brims over with high-fidelity, vintage-y modulation tones. But the dual-chorus circuit and stereo options enable weirder variations on those core sounds too, making the Supro a potent ally in the studio.
Wide Horizons, Deep Seas
A casual perusal of the Chorus' manual and marketing materials makes it clear that Supro are keen for folks to experience this pedal in stereo. They're right to encourage this pursuit. The Chorus sounds mind-bendingly submarine in stereo, and it's a kick to lay flat on your back, stick your head between two little tube combos, close your eyes, strum a few chords, and go swimming. But folks that don't have multiple amps or DAWs with emulations that enable stereo effects shouldn't feel left out. The Chorus has many mesmerizing tones to explore in mono.
The speed knob has great range. At its slowest settings with moderate depth levels, it has a sweet slow rotary flavor. At the fastest and deepest settings, it takes on the personality of a chatty, twitchy 'droid. Thankfully (in some cases, surprisingly) this sound is a perfect foundation for psychedelic lead lines and slashing Paul Weller and Who '66 chords. But roll back the depth on the Chorus, and the tone on your guitar, and the fast-yapping robot takes on the air of a basement jazzer kickin' it against a Leslie. Just a few very simple and fast adjustments enable travel between those ranges. And exploring the regions between is intuitive and painless. The depth knob isn't the deepest of all time, but it does make room for the extra intensity you can add via the delay knob, which shifts resonant peaks and adds swirling depth.
While guitar tone attenuation won't replace the low-mid content that's less prominent in the Supro's basic voice, the time knob can give the illusion of thicker low-mid by adding extra-chewy tape-like elasticity to the output.
The base tonality of the Supro is slightly toppy for an analog chorus. In isolation, it can sound a little bold and bright—especially if you compare it to an older, darker bucket-brigade chorus. In a mix with other musical elements, however, the Chorus sounds extra lively. What's more, there's wiggle room for accommodating the darker tones of PAF-stye pickups, hollowbodies, or other effects. There are more syrupy analog choruses out there—in the sense that they sound a little thicker in the bass frequencies. And the Supro's tone profile may be too toppy for some players that primarily use Fender-style single-coils—especially Strats. But I loved the strong, at times almost immodest, '80s tonalities that single-coils and the Supro Chorus impart to simple or complex signal chains. And while guitar tone attenuation won't replace the low-mid content that's less prominent in the Supro's basic voice, the time knob can give the illusion of thicker low-mid by adding extra-chewy tape-like elasticity to the output.
All of these qualities are an extra treat in stereo. The sense of extra space—or disorientation, depending on the setting—is perceptible. And it's easy to be tantalized about the possibilities of using a two-amp set up in the studio (or live, if you have a very cooperative sound engineer). The two critical controls in stereo applications are the time and dimension knobs. The former increases the delay time between modulations in one channel while reducing it on the other. The latter intertwines the Supro's twin chrouses in mono or stereo operation, and the confluence of oddly wobbling waveforms creates textures from classy and luxurious to odd. I have no doubt some players will drive engineers crazy capturing and applying the wobbling sounds the Supro makes in stereo. I also have little doubt some engineer will turn the results to gold. There are a lot of sound sculpture possibilities here.
Another upside to the Supro Chorus is that the vibrato does not feel like an afterthought. At moderately high speed and depth settings it does a more than respectable approximation of Lonnie Mack's woozy Magnatone wiggle and leaves plenty of room for rhythmic articulation amid the thick modulation pulses.
While strictly mono users might find the Chorus' $249 price tag steep, the Supro has a unique, present voice that alone could justify the cost for chorus users that dread being lost in a mix. And though there's a decent bit of competition in the analog chorus domain in this price range, the Supro distinguishes itself with its immersive stereo effects and a lively voice that leaves room for other effects. As a very conditional and particular chorus fan, I recommend trying the Supro Chorus to see how its distinct voice and extra functionality fit into your musical world and your classic-versus-irreverent chorus orientation in particular. For a wide variety of users, though, Supro's recipe will be a sizzler.
Supro Chorus Demo - First Look
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Learn Guitar With The Gibson App
The Gibson App is more than a pocket-sized guitar teacher, it’s loaded with an archive of exclusive content and original programming from its premium and accessible award-winning online network, Gibson TV, featuring music icons telling their best guitar stories, with more episodes and installments added regularly. Users can watch Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi share insights and tales from his decades-long career on the series “Icons,” dive into Joe Bonamassa’s assortment of legendary Les Paul guitars on “The Collection,” or see how Gibson’s iconic instruments are made in their Nashville factory from body to binding on “The Process.” There’s even a series called “The Scene” that focuses on backstage stories from hallowed music venues from coast to coast like The Troubadour and Grand Ole Opry.
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This pickup captures the clear, bell-like single-coil chime of a classic P-90 when played clean and retains the tight mids and articulate low-end vintage growl and smooth sustain saturation when pushed into overdrive.
Belltone Guitars, as part of their Custom-Select System curated offering of pickups, has partnered McNelly pickups to create a one-of-a-kind retro-vibe P-90 pickup in the standard Filtertron size format. This pickup captures the clear, bell-like single-coil chime of a classic P-90 when played clean and retains the tight mids and articulate low-end vintage growl, and smooth sustain saturation when pushed into overdrive.
The McNelly P-90 Foil-Coil comes housed in a ‘raw’ nickel outer casing with a dull nickel foil face with metal mount screw gromets to complete the ‘new-vintage’ aesthetic, making it a perfect choice for your signature Belltone custom build. Available exclusively through Belltone Guitars.
Check out the Custom-Select System belltoneguitars.com to preview the McNelly P-90 Foil-Trons and all our standard and selectable components available to create your own signature Belltone. Then visit the Dream Lab on our website and select either model B-Classic ONE with its top binding or B-Classic TWO with its arm and body contours select your body color from our wide range of offerings, select your neck profile of either standard ‘C’ or thicker ’59 Round Back and either Maple or Rosewood fingerboard followed by your tuners, pickguard, and strings. Finally, review our curated custom-designed, and unique pickup selection to locate the McNelly P-90 Foil-Trons to complete your signature build.
Builds start at just over $2,300.00 with a custom case and shipping included.
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Belltone P-90 Foil-Tron Pickup
DiMarzio, Inc. announces the Relentless P (DP299), the Relentless J Bridge (DP301), Relentless J Neck (DP300), and the Relentless J Pair (DP302) for 4 string basses.
DiMarzio, Inc. announces the release of the Relentless P (DP299), the Relentless J Bridge (DP301), Relentless J Neck (DP300), and the Relentless J Pair (DP302) for 4 string basses. The new Relentless P and Relentless J series pickups feature the Relentless cover designed in collaboration with Billy Sheehan.
As with the Relentless pickups, we removed all the hard edges from the standard P Bass and standard J Basspickups, and added an arch to the top of the pickups to bring the sensing coils and pole pieces closer to the strings. These improvements increase the dynamic range and make active circuitry unnecessary.
The Relentless P and Relentless J pickups incorporate Neodymium magnets and produce 70 percent more output than traditional passive pickups, and they’re dead quiet due to the incorporation of metal covers and foil-shielded cables. To dial in (or fine-tune) the individual string output, the Relentless P and Relentless J include eight adjustable pole pieces. These pickups also have a broad magnetic field so you can even bend notes without volume dropout.
DiMarzio’s extra shielding makes the Relentless P and Relentless J better for both recording and stage performances. We’ve mounted them onto robust .09375” thick circuit board base plates to eliminate the annoying protruding mounting screws — ultimately creating a more comfortable and consistent foundation to rest your fingers on.
The new Relentless P steps beyond the traditional P-Bass sound and can only be described as massive. It has more of everything: more volume, beefier lows, a growling midrange, and crispy highs with better individual string definition.
The Relentless J incorporates a new invention, (patent pending) parallelogram-shaped coils, offering an expanded mid-range punch, snappy highs, precise lows, and a new dimension to the sound of the Relentless series pickups.
Relentless P and Relentless J pickups will breathe new life into any bass, increase playability, and work well for any style of music from Motown to metal.
DiMarzio’s Relentless P, Relentless J Bridge, Relentless J Neck, and Relentless J pair are made in the U.S.A. and may now be ordered for immediate delivery.
Suggested List Price for the Relentless P is $169.00 (MAP $119.99).
Suggested List Price for the Relentless J Bridge and Relentless J neck is $155.00 (MAP $109.99).
Suggested List Price for the Relentless J Pair is $296.00 (MAP 209.99).
For more information, please visit our website at dimarzio.com.