The Martinique is a reproduction of the top-of-the-line, piezo-equipped
fiberglass Supro electric guitar that was manufactured in the early
1960s. The Martinique reissue mates a chambered mahogany back with a
newly-developed, composite “Acousti-glass” top. This updated
construction preserves the instrument’s Art Deco aesthetics as well as
the signature blend of piezo and magnetic pickups while improving its
semi-hollow acoustic resonance and tuning stability.
The Martinique’s vintage-correct tuners, Art Deco stairstep tailpiece
and adjustable, piezo-equipped 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 Martinique 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 Martinique is acoustically loud—and this voice translates
through the bridge-mounted piezo pickup, which can be used independently
or blended with the magnetic Vistatone pickups with a 50’s- wired
master volume. This allows for precision volume control without
disturbing the blend of the piezo and magnetic pickups. With its wide
body and arsenal of vintage pickups, the Martinique is more versatile
and potent than any other Supro guitar model. The neck pickup sounds
huge and wooly, while the bridge pickup has an unmistakable midrange
growl that is downright dirty. Blending these sounds with the piezo
bridge output creates tones unlike any other instrument on the market.
Our semi-hollow recipe of an Acousti-glass top and mahogany body retains
the unique sonic characteristics of the original piezo-equipped Supro
Martinique guitar while providing today’s musicians with a lightweight,
highly playable instrument that stays in tune and is easy to maintain.
The Martinique 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.