Jimmy Page’s Supro Coronado 1690T Amplifier

Jimmy Page used a Supro Thunderbolt amp most famously on the solo for “Stairway to Heaven” from Led Zeppelin’s fourth album. On that occasion specifically, he played it with his old 1959 “Dragon” Telecaster.

I was using the Supro amp for the first album and still do. The “Stairway To Heaven” solo was done when I pulled out the Telecaster, which I hadn’t used for a long time, plugged it into the Supro, and away it went again.

Jimmy Page

Aside from that, Jimmy also stated on a few occasions that he used a Supro amp on the entirety of Led Zeppelin’s first album (see “Jimmy Page: The Anthology” book). But on other occasions, he also said that he used a Vox amp on the album, so it’s impossible to tell which one of those statements is true. The explanation could be that he simply used both of them.

Jimmy Page with his Supro amp (bottom right) in the studio, circa 1970.
Jimmy Page with his Supro amp (bottom right) in the studio, circa 1970.

Origin Story, Repairs, Mods

Jimmy acquired this amplifier way back in the early 1960s when he was touring with Neil Christian and the Crusaders. According to Perry Margouleff, whom Page has known for more than 35 years, the amp was damaged at one point in those early days and then repaired at a local repair shop.

This repair resulted in changing a lot of the original components, removing the two original speakers, and replacing them with a single 12-inch.

The repair person did the best he could just to make the amp operate again after a terrible tumble. They used what was available in England at the time, and all the components that got replaced were English components, including the tubes. So it now had Mullard preamp tubes, a Mullard GZ34 rectifier and GE 6L6 power tubes.

Jimmy’s amp originally had two 10-inch speakers, and when it was repaired in the ’60s they changed it to a single 12. It was an American speaker that had been reconed with a British cone.

The Complete Story of Jimmy Page’s Sundragon Amp

In the late 2010s, Perry started working with Page and a New York amp maker Mitch Colby on making a replica of Jimmy’s original amp. The replica was finally presented at the 2019 NAMM, where it was announced that 50 units would be produced, selling at $12,500 apiece. The amp was officially named the “Sundragon” amp.

The Sundragon amp – a replica of Jimmy’s original Supro. Photo credit: Sundargon Amps


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