It’s always fun to have two similar instruments on the benches at the same time. It is a great opportunity to see how close the manufacturing tolerances are between two models. This Supro Huntington II bass is a brother the the Supro Huntington III made at the same time and place, reviewed here, also. The Supro nameplate was resurrected in 2013 by Absara Audio, after laying dormant since 1968. The nameplate was never reserved for high-end instruments. In fact, they were often pretty cranky and poorly made – revered more for their keen deco design, rather than any great functionality. These new Supro basses are way better made than their vintage counterparts.
This particular bass differs from the H-III in being an all-mahogany body. The neck and pau ferro fingerboard are the same. I account for the difference in body woods giving the two instruments slightly different sound, overall. The ash body tone is tighter and bigger; the mahogany is tubby and unfocused, in comparison.
The same Gold Foil pickups are here, except there are only two (compared to three, on the H-III). The bridge-mounted piezo is unbuffered, and while it does make a sonic difference when engaged, it is not what I would call a typical “piezo” or “acoustic” tone. I do notice the bridge pickup on the H-III adding some sounds I prefer (and would miss on the H-II).
Hardware here is the same Hipshot-style bridge and Gotoh-style keys that are serviceable, but unremarkable. The woodwork is spot-on everywhere I could see. No slouching anywhere on this model. Like the H-III, the frets look great for the price point. Love the glossy cherry finish, like an old Gibson SG; over the mahogany, it completes that Gibson homage.
The bass is short and comfortable to play. However, if, you’re used to 34” scales (like me), then everything seems in the wrong place. I’m sure this is something I could adjust to. I prefer the sound of the ash body 3-pickup, but this one retains the booty shaking potential they both share; unexpected in its short stature. Unlike the ash bass, this neck works perfectly and has no truss rod issues.
This one clocks in at around $925. It’s built well enough and offers that “big sound” in a small and deco retro package.
Supro Huntington II
|Body Dimension:||17 ¼” long x 13” wide at lower bout|
|Neck width at nut:||1.674” 41.97mm|
|Neck width at 12th fret:||2.175” 55.25mm|
|Neck width at joint:||2.271” 57.69mm|
|Neck thickness at nut:||1.1” 27.97mm|
|Neck thickness at 1st fret:||.806” 20.47mm|
|Neck thickness at 12th fret:||885” 22.43mm|
|Neck thickness at joint:||1.259” 32.02mm|
|String spacing at nut:||.406” 10.31mm|
|String spacing at saddle:||1.754” 9.16mm|
|Fingerboard radius:||10 deg|
|Descriptor for neck shape:||D|
|Peghead break angle:||12 deg|
|Bridge break angle:||14 deg|
|Afterlength at nut:||2.261” 57.42mm|
|Afterlength at saddle:||1.47” 36.5mm|
|Pocket gap:||Set neck|
|Truss rod type/access:||Dual action / peghead end|
|Pickup location(s), from 12th fret:||7” and 11”|
|Controls:||Volume, Volume, Tone (push/pull for piezo)|
|Preamp circuit voltage:||N/A|
|Fingerboard:||Pau ferro (with block inlays)|
|Body Finish:||High-gloss polyester|
|Neck Finish:||Black satin polyester|
|Strings:||D’Addario XL flatwound (short scale)|
|Bridge/color:||Proprietary “high mass” / chrome|
|Tuners/color:||Gotoh style / chrome and amber|
|Knobs/color:||Plastic / black & silver|
|Control cavity cover:||n/a|
|Company:||Absara Audio LLC|
200 Wilson St.
Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776
Email: [email protected]
|County of origin:||Indonesia|
|Options:||Piezo pickup, fretless|
|Accessories:||2mm and 4mm hex wrenches|
|Available colors:||Natural Ash, Tobacco Sunburst Flametop, Natural Mahogany, Fretless Flat Black, Antique White, Ocean Blue Metallic|
|Test gear:||Genzler MG-800, Baer Amplification ML-112|
1-5 (unacceptable to impeccable)
|Ease of Use:||4|
|Fit and Finish of adornments||4|
|Quality of finish work||3|
|Ease of repair||4|
|Potential range of setup||4|
|Balance on knee||4|
|Balance on strap||4|
|Overall electronic quality||4|
|Solder joints, wire runs||3|
|Quality for Price Range||3|
Low: Buttery/mellow to deep/full
Mids: Upper-mids and punchy
Highs: Focused to aggressive
This bass has a unique sound with its two pickups and piezo bridge. It will enable you to fit into any metal, funk, or rock gig.