Supro Statesman vs Hot Rod Deluxe


TDPRI Member
Apr 11, 2014
Elverum, Norway
Ok, let’s talk amps. Thought I’d share, maybe it is of interest to somebody out there.

So, I’ve done some A-B testing with my two amps over a couple of years now. Both live, in the studio, and at rehearsals. I own a Supro Statesman 1x12 combo, and a second generation Fender Hot Rod Deluxe, which I put a Celestion Creamback in.

I play country and rock music, primarily with a Baja Tele, or an American Jaguar. My gain stages are the Origin Cali76 comp, a King of Tone, and a Sunface BC-183.

Conclusion: They are both great - but I like the Supro Statesman a little bit better. Why? Well, I think it boils down to that I Feel the mids are dialed in just right. You just have a single «Tone» control, where as the Hot Rod has a 3-band EQ. But at noon, it’s just right. Both with the Tele and the Jag. The creamback was a huge improvement to the HRD. But the Supro still beats it, right at the finish line, in my ears. It has a more pleasing sound. The HRD can have a tendency to be a little shrill - though the creamback helped a lot. The Supro is also way less noisy. Volume-wise they feel in the same ball park. The Supro sounds a little bit fuller, more ballsy, more, dare I say 3D, in a way. But the reverb in the Hot Rod Deluxe is WAY better than the one in the Supro.

I’m keeping them both.

Anybody else with similar experiences?


Friend of Leo's
Sep 2, 2016
Good call. You can never have too many amps. They are such an important part of the sound of electric guitar.

I like playing amps as much as guitars. Most are fairly unique. Possibly even unique (soundwise) than guitars.