The Hampton is a 21st-century update of the Supro electric solid-body
guitar. The elegant comfort of the 1960’s-era beveled-edge Ozark body
shape and the mighty sound of the original field-coil pickups have been
enhanced with an ultra-fast satin neck, Tune-o-matic bridge and updated
wave tailpiece. The result is a modern player’s instrument with
old-school style and authentic Supro tone.
The unique Gold Foil pickups found in the Supro Hampton are faithful
reproductions of the original magnetics developed for Valco by Ralph
Keller in the early 1950s. These pickups, which gave voice to the
vintage Chicago-made Supro guitars, have a massive, broadband sound with
remarkably low noise for a single-coil design. The mini-humbucker-sized
version of the Supro Gold Foil pickup found in this guitar have the
same internal construction as the humbucker-sized versions found in the
other Island Series models. The Hampton’s bridge pickup is wound
slightly hotter than the others, while the middle pickup is RWRP,
providing fully hum-cancelling sound in the “2 and 4” positions of the
5-way blade switch.
The time-tested tone wood recipe of an alder body paired with a 25
½”-scale maple neck and rosewood fretboard combine with the Hampton’s
vintage-correct pickups to produce an exceptionally dynamic playing
experience. Blending vintage American tone with refined set-neck design,
the Supro Hampton is intended for the professional musician who needs
an ergonomic and versatile guitar capable of handling most genres of
music with authority. The three pickups cover a huge range of tones,
from fat single-coil jazz tones in the neck position to spanky funk
tones and sparkling twang in the middle, and pure rock power when the
bridge pickup is selected.
The Hampton guitar and its relatives in the Island Series represent
the rebirth of the Supro brand as a stringed instrument manufacturer.
The Supro Island series of guitars was designed by David Koltai and
Glenn Sweetwood, with technical assistance from master designer Trevor
Wilkinson and vintage pickup expert Ken Calvet.