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1960 Supro Dual-Tone 1524N Vintage Guitar USA-Made Valco w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1960 Supro Dual-Tone model 1524N in 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. Produced by Valco in Chicago (the parent company responsible for the National and Airline brands among others), this Supro is the model perhaps most associated with both David Bowie and Link Wray, the godfather of Punk and no-nonsense instrumental twang and clang.

The oversized single coil pickups are powered by large ceramic magnets, and the tone is quintessential Supro, with power, bark, and glassy shimmer. The three-way switching is unique, offering both pickups individually and a thin out-of-phase sound with both pickups engaged for the third selection. There's plenty of twang and grit to be had too, and with the right small tube amp or overdrive pedal, this guitar can roar with the best of them. This Dual-Tone weighs 7lbs 11oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

Neck Specs:

-Wood: Maple
-Shape: “Kord-King” substantial C “baseball bat”, full shoulders, measuring .955” 1st fret, 1.045” 12th fret
-Fretboard: Brazilian rosewood
-Frets: Slender, leveled and crowned, and while quite low, the frets currently show sparingly little wear
-Scale Length: 24 3/4”
-Nut: 1 5/8”, bone
-Tuners: Kluson Deluxe single line
-Serialization: T-prefix badge intact on back of headstock dates to '60

Body Specs:

-Pickups: Oversized single coil x2
-Harness: Untouched solder, original CTS and Stackpole pots (visible date codes from 49th week of 1960)
-Controls: Volume x2, Neck Tone is low-pass, Bridge Tone is high-pass and inverted
-Hardware: Stair-stepped tailpiece, replacement "lightning bolt" rosewood saddle on original Brazilian base (original saddle also included)
-Plastics: Two-tier pickguard (one long repaired split in the plexi material on the lower tier), reflector cap knobs, baton switch tip

While the neck is finished in original black nitro lacquer, the finish on the body (also original) is more like a vacu-formed thin wrap, and has a bright white appearance that's more glossy than a typical lacquer finish of this era. There are a couple small areas of wear through the white wrap (adjacent to the fretboard extension on the bass side and just south of the knobs), buckle rash across the back, and various dings and scuffs from consistent use. The neck shows notable palm wear through much of the nitro gloss on the profile length.

The original hardshell case is included. The original latches are functional and the handle is intact. A previous owner has painted their address on the bottom of the case. The original rosewood saddle is also included.