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Please note, this instrument is on hold. Someone has agreed to purchase this instrument. They are sending payment. It has to get here and clear my bank. Then, I have to send the instrument. After it arrives, they have 48 hours to decide if they want to keep it. So, it will be a while before I know for sure if it is sold or not. If you are interested, and want to be on the waiting list for it, please let me know. Thank you!
Up for sale is a my 1953 Supro Ozark guitar, which I’ve had for at least 25 years. I bought it with the Bill Lawrence pickup that is currently installed in it, and it sounds great. It also had the Gibson ABR-1 bridge and Gotoh-made Kluson-style tuning machines, which work great. Also, someone had replaced the original screw-on connector with a modern ¼” jack. While this is an upgrade, it did take up the space that would have been used for the tone control, which is why there is a chrome hole plug where the tone control would have been.
When I bought the guitar, it was in need of a refret, so I took it to John Saba at Stephens Stringed Instruments in Seattle. He pulled the original frets, leveled the fingerboard and refretted it with Dunlop nickel-silver frets. It now plays like butter.
I became very curious about the original pickup, and eventually tracked down the same “Vista-Tone” that would have come in it originally. The one I found was missing its plastic cover, which matches the pickguard on the guitar, but still, it’s the original style pickup, likely from the same period, as it has a cardboard bobbin, not the later plastic bobbin.
When I installed the Vista-Tone pickup, I found it exactly duplicated that Link Wray sound. Jack White of the White Stripes and Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys are also big fans of this fat, gritty-sounding pickup. For what I was doing at the time, though, the Lawrence, with it’s clear, almost Strat-like tone, fit better, so that’s what stayed.
The neck has a huge steel reinforcement rod, and the neck itself is very fat and hand-filling, so it is super-stable. The action hasn’t budged 1mm in the quarter century that I’ve had the guitar.
It is missing the headstock logo, but they are available, should you wish to put one on the guitar.
The original Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard has lovely grain and is very comfortable in the hand.
The scale length is 24.75. The neck is a very full, round U-shape with a nut width of 1.70”, and a thickness of 0.995” at the 1st fret and 1.04” at the 12th fret, not including the frets themselves. The action is a fast and easy 3/64” between all strings and the crown of the 12th fret. The .082” wide .032” high frets show no wear at all, and are in perfect condition, with no dings or dents.
It weighs in at a comfortable 7 lbs., 6 oz., or 3.35 Kg.
The original Perloid Celluloid covering, also known as “Mother of Toilet Seat” or “Latrinium” (my personal favorite term) is in remarkably good condition.
Having a modern ¼” jack is very convenient.
I replaced the volume control last week, as it had gotten a little bit noisy. All of the wiring in the guitar is now fully shielded cable, so the hum and noise is extremely low. The volume control also has a treble-bypass network like the one I wrote about in Guitar Player Magazine some 30 years ago. This keeps the guitar from losing its treble response as the volume control is turned down.
It is in perfect gigging and recording condition, and it needs nothing.
The strings on it are quite old. If you buy the guitar, let me know your string gauge preference, and I’ll put a fresh set of d’Addarios on it before shipping.
It comes with an unoriginal padded gig bag that fits nicely.
I am offering this great old guitar for $600 plus shipping and insurance.
I normally ship worldwide, but due to the fact that this instrument is made of Brazilian Rosewood and that I don’t have a CITES certificate for it, I can only ship it within the USA. If you are a foreign buyer and have a friend or relative in the USA, I can ship to them and then they can risk shipping on to you.
It will be packed in a strong box, with bubble wrap or other soft material. I have a lot of experience packing stringed instruments, having shipped roughly 1000 instruments over the past 35 years, to dozens of countries around the world.
Payment can be made via wire transfer, PayPal or bank check. Personal checks are accepted for purchases within the USA, but require a period of up to 7 days to clear my bank.
If you require more photos, please feel free to contact me by email, but don’t forget to first click the “Link for more information” line on the right side of the ad, below my name. There are many detailed photos of the instrument there.
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Posted: Aug 13, 2019 10:26 PM CDT
Snohomish WA 98290
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