SUPRO DUAL TONE
The Dual-Tone is a reproduction of the two-pickup, fiberglass Supro
electric guitar that was manufactured in the early 1960s. The Dual-Tone
reissue guitar mates a chambered Mahogany back with a newly-developed,
composite “Acousti-glass” top. This updated construction preserves the
instrument’s Art Deco aesthetics and timeless sound while improving its
semi-hollow acoustic resonance and tuning stability.
The Dual-Tone’s vintage-correct tuners, Art Deco stairstep 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 pickups found in the
Supro Dual-Tone are 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 Dual-Tone has a powerful, electric swamp-blues tone that is
anything but subtle. It’s a gnarly sounding instrument that loves tube
amps and fuzz pedals of all kinds. The neck pickup sounds huge and
wooly, while the bridge pickup has an unmistakable midrange growl that
is downright dirty. 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 Dual-Tone 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.