Tuesday, December 7, 2010

'56 Supro/Valco Comet

Here's a 1956 Supro/Valco Comet, covered in glorious, glorious tweed. Our book says this is the only Supro amp with a ten-inch speaker that they made in the 50s. Not as clean as our blackface and silverface Champs, but very cool and practically dripping killer tone.

We're going to very carefully and respectfully try to freshen up the inside of this amp. As with most well-used gear from the fifties, this thing looks like it has seen the elephant, and all his children. Plug in your guitar and it'll tell you all about it.


  1. I just found one of these in excellent condition at a garage sale in Southern Utah and paid $30 for it. It works and both looks and sounds very cool, especially when played with slide. I haven't dated it yet, but it's identical in every way to the one in your picture.

  2. Follow up, mine is S/N: X11628, which makes it a 1952 Comet. The speaker S/N: is 285126, which also confirms this date. The last 3 digits on the speaker S/N means it was made in the 26th week of 1951 and was made by Rola. My amp is the same tweed finish, however includes a back guard held in place by four Phillips screws. The electrical cord is a 2-conductor, very old, brown cord with a Bakelite plug, which has a type of art-deco pattern. I believe it's original.