Supro David Bowie 1961 Dual Tone

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Supro David Bowie 1961 Dual Tone

Supro is proud to introduce the David Bowie 1961 Dual Tone. One of two Supro Dual Tone guitars owned and loved by Bowie, this hard-tail version was the first Dual Tone that David acquired, just prior to recording the Reality album. This Supro Dual Tone became such an integral part of the sound and imagery of the Reality album that David purchased a second one for the ensuing Reality Tour.

David Bowie’s love of the Dual Tone was strong, as evidenced by the guitar’s frequent appearance in promotional photographs from his post-9/11 era in New York City. In fact, Bowie’s Dual Tone guitar features so prominently on the cover of the New Killer Star single (echoing the cover art for Link Wray’s iconic ‘Rumble’) that his own face isn’t shown at all.

The Dual Tone model first appeared in Supro catalogs in the early 1950s. The distinctive tone of the Supro Vistatone pickups has been a consistent highlight of this instrument throughout its evolution. The 1953 Supro catalog boasted: “We sincerely believe the pickup system to be the finest we have ever produced in over two decades of electronic development. Make an honest comparison with any instrument for tone, volume, and performance - you’ll be truly surprised.”

In keeping with the spirit of innovation that evolved the 1953 Dual Tone into the 1961 model favoured by David Bowie, the construction of the David Bowie 1961 Dual Tone guitar has been further developed with subtle tweaks and refinements to carry the torch into the present day, while retaining the vibe of the original instrument. This incarnation of the Dual Tone guitar features a 24 3/4” scale maple neck with a Pau Ferro fretboard and set-neck construction. The mahogany body has a tummy cut for increased playing comfort, as well as an ergonomic neck joint, allowing full access to the upper frets. Hardware appointments include a reverse stair step tailpiece, tune-o-matic bridge, butterfly tulip tuning pegs and a matched set of vintage-correct Vistatone pickups, designed to replicate the genuine Supro sound David Bowie loved. As a final touch, the David Bowie 1961 Dual Tone features a mirror-finish Bowie lightning bolt insignia on the face of the headstock.

Limited to 400 pieces worldwide.

Included accessories:

  • Gig Bag

Supro David Bowie 1961 Dual Tone

• Mahogany Body, Maple Neck with Pau Ferro Fingerboard
• Individually numbered
• Mirror-finish Bowie headstock inlay
• Supro Vistatone pickups
• 24 ¾” scale length
• 12” fretboard radius
• Ergonomic set-neck design
• Signed and numbered certificate of authenticity included

Supro David Bowie 1961 Dual Tone

Supro David Bowie 1961 Dual Tone


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