Up for sale, a 1962 Supro Martinique in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. Introduced in 1961, the Martinique was Supro's flagship model, and this is an exceptionally rare, undocumented example with a factory triple pickup configuration. Omitting the typical Val-Trol pickup embedded in the bridge, this Martinique has three of Supro's oversized single coil pickups with untouched solder joints and the original pickguard factory cut for this pickup configuration. Further cementing the originality of this rarity, the solder joints are untouched, and the guitar omits the small hole on the top otherwise present for the Val-Trol pickup.
With a "Res-o-Glass" fiberglass body design, the Martinique is a rare and versatile tone machine with individual Volume and Tone controls adjacent to each pickup. The Martinique's tone's are distinct in every pickup position, delivering overwound single coil punch and growl with distinct chewy, hollow twang given the semi-hollow fiberglass body construction. The guitar weighs 8lbs 5oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with low action and a fresh set of 10-46 strings.
The neck has lots of shoulder and a nice full C carve by the 9th fret and beyond, measuring .855" deep at the 1st fret and tapering to .985" at the 12th. The dark, tight-grained Brazilian rosewood fretboard sports block inlays, perfect neck binding, and original fretwire. These slender frets retain their full factory height with only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-6. There is virtually no fretwear further up the board, and the neck is particularly straight, playing cleanly in all registers. The original bone nut is intact, and the fretboard measures 1 11/16" wide at the zero fret. The scale length is 24 1/2". On the headstock, the small, plastic "Supro" badge is practically perfect, and the original Kluson Deluxe single line tuners are intact with oversized tulip buttons. The headstock does have a very shallow U-shaped repair just below the treble side strip tuners on the back of the headstock.
On the body, all of the stock electronics work as they should and the trio of single coils in oversized nickel, humbucker-sized covers deliver full, well-rounded tones. Each pickup has its own Volume and Tone control, and the Master Volume and three-way pickup switch allow for more conventional, on-the-fly tonal tweaking as well. The solder joints are untouched, and the original Stackpole pots date to the 30th week of 1962, consistent with the serial number badge on the headstock, which also dates to mid-62. The guitar features a new replica "lightning bolt" rosewood saddle married to a vintage Brazilian rosewood base. The Bigsby B5 is original to the guitar with a raw aluminum base and polished chrome arm. The guitar was at one time fitted with a trapeze tailpiece, as evidenced by the small split in the gasket near the rear strap button and small doweled trapeze mounting holes. The gasket connecting the two halves of the fiberglass body is white, an aesthetic touch only seen on early examples of the Martinique, changed to black on subsequent iterations.
Cosmetic wear includes some isolated spots of shallow wear through the nitro on the neck profile, and a few scuffs and marks on the Res-o-Glass, including one reverse U-shaped scratch just above the middle and bridge pickups and two stars lightly etched into the bass side upper bout and pickguard (extremely faint, but picture how a child draws a star).
The original hardshell case is included with a gray thatched exterior, white ends, red plush interior, two of the three original functional latches, and the stock handle.