In this Supro Delta King 10 review, I’ll tell you what makes this 5 Watt Class A all-tube amp so special and how it compares to the Supro Delta King 8 and Delta King 12 models. The Delta King 10 is essentially a modern version of the early Supros made in Chicago from 1935 to 1968.
Supro amps were used by bands like Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones to record some of the most iconic albums in blues and rock and roll history!
If you are looking for the classic vintage ’50s to ’60’s sound in an amp that is versatile enough to handle all genres of music, then check out the information in this article!
A Brief History Of Supro Amplifiers
Supro amplifiers were first made in Chicago as a subsidiary of Valco. The company closed in 1968 and was reformed in 2013 by Bond Audio. The amps are currently produced out of New York.
Supro was the first company to make a combo amp with built-in reverb. The original vintage amps are highly prized for their unique sound. Jimmy Page recorded the entire Led Zeppelin I album using a 1959 Supro Coronado amp and a 1958 Telecaster.
What Is The Supro Delta King 10?
The Supro Delta King 10 is a 5 Watt Class A amp with an all-tube signal path and a 10-inch speaker. This low-wattage combo unit offers excellent headroom and touch sensitivity.
A few adjustments to its control knobs and switches will give you various classic vintage rock tones.
The amp is available in 1950s-era tweed with black stripes or black Tolex with cream stripes for a more ’60s look. I love the look of them both, but the ’50s tweed is wicked cool!
It is one of three Delta King models and the medium-powered-output amp of the series. The Delta King 10 sits between the 1 Watt Delta King 8 and the 15 Watt Delta King 12.
Each of the three amps has an all-analog design. The technical specs are listed in the tables below.
Who Is The Delta King 10 Amp For?
The Supro Delta King 10 is for players who want a reasonably-priced amp covering any musical genre. However, don’t be fooled by the amp’s 5 Watt output. This baby is loud and really boogies!
It has master-volume, boost, and gain controls that can provide everything from vintage chime to sweet overdrive and very musical-sounding distortion.
This amp will give you amazing tones at subdued bedroom volumes, but you could easily use it for band practice and play small to medium club-type venues without miking it.
How The Delta King 10 Works
The Delta King 10 amp provides touch-sensitive compression and generous headroom by way of an all-tube signal path. It is a Class A single-ended power amp that uses one 12Ax7 (ECC83) preamp tube and one 6V6 power tube.
Front Panel Controls
The front (top) panel controls of the Delta King 10 are straightforward and logically arranged.
There is a single guitar input jack, volume and master volume controls, a two-band (treble and bass) EQ, and reverb control.
The “Boost” switch kicks the amp into overdrive, and the “Drive” switch gets you nicely-voiced distortion. Engage both these effects at once, and you’re in for a real treat (more about this later)!
There is an on-off switch with a power indicator light and a standby switch, which helps extend tube life.
Rear Amp Design
The rear of the amp features an open-cabinet design, which allows the tubes to cool and helps give it a natural sound that is more “open” and resonant.
I tend to favor the rich sound of open-back combos over closed-back cabinets, like the typical Marshall 4X12 configuration, which tends to give you a tighter and more bass-heavy tone.
Don’t get me wrong; I love the tone and all the air a Marshall stack can move!
On the back of the Delta King 10, there is a Boost/Drive footswitch jack and Line Out jack, which gives the amp expandability options.
The Boost/Drive TRS (tip/ring/sleeve) jack allows you to engage the boost and drive circuits with an optional footswitch.
Delta King 10 Specifications
Here are the specs for this amp.
|Item||Delta King 10 Specification|
|Speaker||Supro DK10 10-inch speaker|
|Control Knobs||Volume, Treble, Bass, Reverb, Master|
|Effects||Boost & Drive|
|Footswitch Jack||TRS Double Footswitch Jack For Boost & Drive|
|Output||Line Out (Line Level)|
|Preamp Tube||12Ax7 (ECC83)|
|Enclosure Covering||Tweed With Black Stripes or Black Tolex With Cream Stripes|
|Dimensions||16” x 7” x 15” (41 x 18 x 38 cm)|
|Weight||23 lbs (10.5 kg)|
Delta King 10 Demo
Here is a great video where Tony Bruno demos the Delta King 10 amp. You won’t believe your ears, so check it out! Also, be sure to tell me which “Tone Map” you like best in the comment section.
Features And Benefits
Here are some of the highlights that make this incredible amp a must-have.
Custom-Made Analog Spring Reverb
The spring reverb is warm and dispersive sounding and works great with the 6V6 tetrode power amp. It was custom-made to work with the Delta King amps and fills the room with a vintage vibe.
Boost And Drive Switches
A “Boost” switch kicks in a FET (field effect transistor) circuit in the amp’s front-end for extra gain and a thicker sounding midrange. This boost switch is featured in all three Delta King amps.
The “Drive” switch engages a Pigtronix FAT overdrive circuit that pushes the amp into high-gain mode.
Using the Boost and Drive together gives you an exceptional range of tonal options. The overdrive cleans up really nice to give you a clean and punchy sound. Even the high-gain distorted tones are very volume knob and pick dynamics responsive.
The Boost and Drive functions can be used as an “effects unit” via the Line-Out jack.
Custom DK 10 Speaker
The 10-inch speaker is specially voiced for the amp, and it really makes the Delta King 10 come to life, especially with the Boost and Drive units engaged simultaneously.
Wood (Poplar) Cabinet
The Delta King 10 has a high-quality poplar cabinet that was specially tuned for the amp. It is built to last for years and looks great in both the vintage tweed and black Tolex cabinet coverings.
Line Out Jack
The line-out circuit lets you use the amp as an “analog drive module” and can go directly into a house PA system, drive another amp, or connect to the digital audio workstation (DAW) in your recording studio.
What I like About About The Delta King 10
There is so much to like about the sound and design of this amp that it is ridiculous, but here are some of the highlights.
This amp can do anything from squeaky clean to overdrive and all the various high-gain sounds. It always sounds articulate, even when playing rhythm while the amp is breaking up. You could easily use this amp to play in any professional situation.
Great Touch Sensitivity
Notes explode from your pick, and guitar-slide parts sound fabulous! The touch sensitivity of this amp is on par with my Mesa Boogie Dual-Rectifier Blue Angel. It’s everything you expect from a Class A circuit and more.
Power To Spare
At just 5 Watts RMS, this amp really sings and screams! It sounds great at any volume level, and it’s loud enough to use for most small to medium venue applications.
Equivalent output power is typically a lot louder in tube amps than in solid-state amps. So a 5 Watt solid-state amp would probably pale in comparison.
Handles Pedals Well
The Delta King 10 does not have an effects loop, but it handles front-end pedals exceptionally well, including delay and modulation units.
For more info, see What Is A Guitar Stomp Box – Attractive, Little, Tantalizing.
Best Of Both Worlds
As stated above, the Delta King 10 has specifications that sit between the Delta King 8 and 12 amps, giving you the best of both worlds.
To my ears, the amp breakup is less gritty than the Delta King 8 and more complex-sounding than the Delta King 12, although this is obviously a matter of individual perception and taste.
Diming the volume and master volume with the Boost and Drive engaged gives you a “fire-breathing” sound that won’t blow the windows out the house.
Portable, Lightweight, And Sharp-Looking
At 16” x 7” x 15” and 23 pounds, it’s easy to take the Delta King 10 anywhere. Both the tweed with black stripes and black Tolex with cream stripes cabinet coverings look great and will be sure to get noticed before you even play your first note.
These two cover options are available in all three Delta King amp models.
What I Don’t Like About The Delta King 10
This is a great amp in every sense of the word; however, here are some minor issues that you should be aware of.
The Boost/Drive footswitch is not included with the amp. Instead, you can use any two-button footswitch with a TSR ¼ inch jack or buy the Supro SF2 2-button footswitch separately, which will set you back about $55 plus the cost of a TRS connector cable.
To be fair, the amp is priced very nicely at $549, and adding the footswitch controller is a must because it gives you seamless access to a whole different tonal palate for rhythm and lead sounds.
No Midrange EQ Control
The amp can get a little “thin” sounding with certain settings. A dedicated midrange EQ would have been nice but if you really need it, then get Delta King 12 amp (see the Supro Delta King 10 Vs. 12 comparison chart below).
Can Get A Little Noisy
The Delta King 10 can get a little noisy when you crank the amp, especially with single-coil pickups, but I have to say that this is a characteristic common to all Class A circuits. The dynamic touch sensitivity more than makes up for it.
Supro Delta King 8 Vs 10
Here are the main differences between the Delta King 8 and the Delta King 10 amps.
|Specification||Delta King 8||Delta King 10|
|Power||1 Watt||5 Watts|
|Speaker Size||8 Inch||10 Inch|
|Control Knobs||Vol, Tone, Master||Vol, Treble, Bass, Reverb, Master|
|Effects||Boost||Boost and Drive|
|Footswitch Jack||Boost||Boost and Drive|
|Output||Line Out (Line Level)||Line Out (Line Level)|
|Dimensions||13” x 7” x 13” (33 x 17 x 33 cm)||16” x 7” x 15” (41 x 18 x 38 cm)|
|Weight||15 lbs (7 kg)||23 lbs (10.5 kg)|
Supro Delta King 10 Vs 12
This table compares the Delta King 10 amp to the Delta King 12.
|Specification||Delta King 10||Delta King 12|
|Power||5 Watts||15 Watts|
|Speaker Size||10 Inch||12 Inch|
|Control Knobs||Vol, Treble, Bass, Reverb, Master||Vol, Treble, Middle, Bass, Reverb, Master|
|Effects||Boost and Drive||Boost and Drive|
|FootswitchJack||Boost and Drive||Boost and Drive|
|Output||Line Out (Line Level)||Line Out (Line Level)|
|Dimensions||16” x 7” x 15” (41 x 18 x 38 cm)||17” x 7.5” x 16” (43 x 19 x 41 cm)|
|Weight||23 lbs (10.5 kg)||28 lbs (13 kg)|
Final Thoughts About The Supro Delta King 10 Review
Supro amps have helped shape the sound of American and British blues and rock and roll of the ’50s and ’60s. The Supro Delta 10 is a 100% analog all-tube signal path throwback to this era with modern design features.
This amp can cover any style and genre of music. Onboard Boost and Drive effects can easily take the amp into overdrive and distortion territory that is articulate and musical at every control setting.
It works great with pedals and any pickup configuration. Humbucker pickups sound full but not dark or muddy. Single-coils sound fat with lots of “bite” without being too bright.
The open combo design fills the room to create a warm ambient sound. In addition, the Line Out feature lets you use the amp as an “analog pedal” to drive another amp or send the signal into your digital audio workstation (DAW).
If you want the authentic 6V6-powered tone of ’50s combo amps with a host of modern features, then you should give the Delta King 10 a try!
Tell Me What You Think
Please leave a comment below if you enjoyed this Supro Delta King 10 Review, have any questions about this product, or want to leave your own personal review. I will be happy to help you.
- Have you played through the Delta King 10 amp? What did you think?
- What kind of guitar do you think would sound best with this amp?
- How do you think the Supro Delta King amps compare to the Supro Blues King amps?
- Do you own a Supro amp? Which one? What do you like best about it? Any issues with the amp?
- Would you buy a Delta King amp after reading this review?