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COLUMN QUIRKY VINTAGE: 1957 SUPRO “60” SOLIDBODY Bob Cianci  Old Supro guitars have proven themselves to be pickup is mounted on a rectangular steel plate no real effect on the playability of the instrument favorites for years now, primarily by collectors that also anchors the strings. The volume control under normal use. and players with a taste for the offbeat and is the larger knob on the left; the tone control unusual. Collectible value is slowly rising, and the smaller. Both work as they should with no In terms of looks, one can’t help but notice the most likely will continue to do so as guitarists crackling, as is so common with these older black pinstriping and the “60” in quotation marks discover the quirky charm of these lower budget guitars. The wooden bridge is functional on the body that boldly announces the name of end instruments from the golden days of the but expectedly inaccurate in terms of spot-on the guitar for the entire world to see. Some may American guitar industry. Supro instruments intonation. find it gaudy and kitschy, but that depends on were never huge sellers in their day because your taste in ornamentation. they were generally overshadowed by their This particular example of a Supro “60” is all competitors: Danelectro, Harmony, and Kay, original and is short scale, featuring a chunky This writer came away from the experience and later, by low cost Japanese imports. nineteen fret bolt-on neck with Kluson tuners that of playing this Supro “60” feeling as if he was is painted black, like most Supros from this era, actually playing a lap steel with a standard guitar The Supro “60” is a real oddball. In fact, I have and has the standard pointed Supro headstock body. It would make an outstanding, funky, never seen one before. It uses the same body with an Art Deco gold colored nameplate. The open-tuned slide guitar for a blues player. It’s no shape as the Belmont and Dual Tone, but what fretboard is rosewood. One surprising and wonder guys like Ry Cooder and Joe Perry have makes it special is the single string-thru lap steel disturbing feature was a very poorly cut neck gravitated to Supros with this lap steel pickup. pickup you see in the photo. These pickups pocket that left quite a bit of space between the This Supro “60” is priced at $1395. are highly prized by players like Ry Cooder, body and neck that appeared to have been done David Lindley, Joe Perry, and others. Joe Perry at the factory, not a snug fit at all. This caused Once again, many thanks to Buzzy Levine of told this writer that his favorite slide guitar is a the neck to move just a bit from side to side, Lark Street Music in Teaneck, New Jersey for his Supro Ozark with a string-thru pickup such as a problem that could possibly be rectified by a cooperation in supplying this guitar for analysis. the one found on this guitar. On th ̃ptѡхѕѡȰЁѡ́Ք͕Ѽٔ())հ՜) ѥեхȹ