Show your Supro/Valco/Airline!

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Jackie Treehorn, Jun 19, 2006.

  1. Jackie Treehorn

    Jackie Treehorn Member

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    I just got this thing!
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    Matte inspired shot there...

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    Very cool sounding guitar, too!

    Anyone else?
     
  2. Antero

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    Hot! What does it sound like?
     
  3. Jackie Treehorn

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    Deep and explosive. It's like a Les Paul Special with a chemical imbalance. The pickups are hot and slightly microphonic. The wound strings sound almost like an acoustic with a magnetic pickup and the plain strings are super fat and woody. Somehow the combination works, though. It's very funky but also very rich sounding. I was pleasantly surprised since I expected it to sound cheap and thin. This is by far the best $40 guitar I own!:)
     
  4. hogy

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    Here's my Supro "Junior" (I don't know what model it is). Very cool guitar when you get tired of the same old Fender and Gibson tones.

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    Hogy
     
  5. Evan Gluck

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    Jackie, did that guitar come from NY? It looks exactly like one I worked on for a store in Brooklyn months ago. Nonetheless very cool!!
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  6. GuitarG

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    Great guitar Jackie. I'm a big fan of the Valcos. I have a Supro Belmont that I use in G-tuning. Fibreglass body with one pickup in the bridge position. The pickups in those guitars are dangerous.
     
  7. Jackie Treehorn

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    Oh yeah! Magnificent combo...The Supro's were really quite stylish! Those two are probably not hurting for tone either.

    Evan, I'm on the other coast. I dug up the axe in Sonoma County, California. It works pretty well, however it has non original tuners that appear to be off one of those cheap classical guitars. I'm not getting enough downward pressure on the nut. So, I may ream it out a bit and get some machine tuners on it.
     
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    Supro & Dickerson amps:

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    Oh man---this could turn into a very cool thread--Hogy, that pic is KILLER--nice Bassman, too!
    i need a good, cheap, slide guitar (although I suck at it, ergo, the CHEAP designation!)---nice score Jackie---how's the neck/intonation and such?---that IS usually a problem, from ones that I have tried---

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  10. hogy

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    Neck and frets usually do need some work on those. Mine was quite unplayable (as were most of my cheapos), but after I planed some humps out of the board and refretted it, it now plays as well as any "expensive" guitar.

    Expect to spend the money on a fret job, it's still a bargain.


    Hogy
     
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    Hogy: Very cool guitar. Sorry no pic, but if you substitute a gumby headstock and lap steel (string through) pickup and bridge assembly, you've got my Supro "60". Same basic look. Cute little toy, until you plug in. Then watch the toupees fly.
     
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    Here's my Supro Belmont. I use it mostly in G tuning. The pickups in these are really something else. It is by far the hottest pickup in any of my guitars. Great slide guitar.

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    As you see in the photo of my Belmont, I am missing the pickguard. Anyone know of a source for repro pickguards for old Valco's?
     
  15. J Purcell

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    Nice Belmont! :BEER

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    Man - that's bad ass.... I want this guitar to learn slide so bad!!!
     
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    This Airline is the exact duplicate of the first electric guitar I owned bought from a pawnshop in Atlantic Beach , FL circa 1973.

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    Its got a cool little 6V6 based tube amp built into the case with an 8" speaker. Short scale with heavy strings. It's a grungy little beast. I presume it's from the 60's but really don't know for sure.
     
  19. Rumble

    Rumble Instrumental Rocker Silver Supporting Member

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    This is my '59/'60 Supro Dual Tone with 1959 Supro amp, which were originally purchased as a set by the original owner. The other amp is my Premier Model 71 (Link Wray used one).

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  20. KBR

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    I had a red airline double cutaway, used it for slide on a cd, kool axe.
    Those HBer lookin pups are actually single coils, kinda like P94 types.
     

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