Supro Belmont Vibrato
The Belmont Vibrato is a reproduction of the single-pickup, vibrato
bar-equipped, fiberglass Supro electric guitar that was first
manufactured in the early 1960s. The Belmont Vibrato reissue mates a
chambered mahogany back with a newly-developed, composite
“Acousti-glass” top. This updated construction preserves the
instrument’s signature aesthetics and timeless sound while improving its
semi-hollow acoustic resonance and tuning stability.
The Belmont Vibrato’s vintage-correct tuners, vibrato tailpiece and
adjustable rosewood bridge are joined by a faithful replica of the
legendary Vistatone pickup to bring you a fully realized and worthy
reissue of this classic Supro guitar. The Vistatone pickup found in the
Supro Belmont is a reproduction of the groundbreaking, single coil
design developed for Valco by Ralph Keller in the early 1950s. The
Vistatone pickup is cited as prior art in Seth Lover’s PAF patent and is
found in many of the most desirable vintage Supro models.
The Supro Belmont is acoustically loud—and its electric tone is pure
1960’s rock ‘n’ roll, with an aggressive mid-range voice that does not
sound like any other instrument. Our semi-hollow recipe of an
Acousti-glass top and mahogany body retains the unique sonic
characteristics of the original res-o-glass models while providing
today’s musicians with a lightweight, highly playable instrument that
stays in tune and is easy to maintain.
The Belmont guitar and its relatives in the Americana Series of Supro
electric guitars were designed by Trevor Wilkinson and David Koltai to
capture the spirit and sound of the Art Deco-influenced, historic line
of Supro instruments.