Supro Dual Tone – U.S.A. – 1954


Electric Solid Body Single cutaway guitar


Basswood body, aluminum and wooden neck

Rosewood fretboard

Two large single-coil pickups


The design is linked to 1950s America with their drive-in movies and the pink Cadillacs.
Supro guitars were made in Chicago by manufacturer Valco who also owned National. The Dual Tone got this name because it had a dedicated volume and tone control for each pickup, and a three-position switch for a wide range of tones.
The model had a raised tailpiece, a two-level pickguard, copper-covered hardware, and large single-coil pickups that look like humbuckers. In the 1960s, Valco switched to ultra-light fiberglass bodies.
The ‘Kord King’ neck was also an innovative design; a sturdy aluminum tube was screwed to the body like a giant trussrod and covered with wood and plastic. The fretboard was made of ebony.

Used by artist(s): David Bowie, Dan White, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, Jimmy Page, Link Wray

Last updated on 11 May 2020
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