Up for sale, a 1960 Supro Rhythm Master "Val Trol" in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Identical in wiring and design to a Supro Martinique (save for an earlier, smaller wooden body instead of the 1960's fiberglass design), these guitars feature two absolutely stunning sounding Supro oversized single coil pickups and an additional hidden pickup located *inside* the compensated saddle on the floating rosewood bridge. This third pickup is what gives the Rhythm Master the "Val-Trol" designation, which was Supro's term for this unique piezo-style pickup. With recessed volume and tone controls in the body adjacent to each pickup (and conveniently out of your pick path), these 1950's Supros are incredibly well-designed tone machines, with a trio of distinct sounds from the pickups that range from shimmering, acoustic-esque clean, to overwound single coil punch to smooth, mellow jazz tones at the neck. Weighing 8lbs 3oz, this is a 100% original example save for a few spots of isolated black lacquer touchup on the body edges. This guitar has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with comfortable action and a fresh set of 10-46 strings.
The maple neck has a U-shaped profile carve with generous shoulder and ideal heft, filling the palm nicely and fretting easily, measuring .980" deep at the 1st fret and 1.030" at the 9th. The Brazilian rosewood slab fretboard sports block inlays and original slender fretwire which shows virtually no wear, playing easily in every register. The original bone nut measures 1 5/8" in width, and the scale length is 24 3/4". On the headstock, the small, metal Supro badge is intact and in great shape with blue lettering, and the small serial number badge is intact on the back, dating to 1960. The original gold Kluson single-line strip tuners turn smoothly and still hold pitch well with Supro's signature tulip tuner buttons, and uniform patina across the plating.
On the body, all of the stock electronics work as they should, and the pair of single coils in oversized gold covers deliver full, well-rounded tones with a bit of twang on the top end. Each pickup has its own Volume and Tone control, which you can preset with a small flathead screwdriver by turning the pots adjacent to each pickup. The Master Volume and three-way pickup switch allow for more conventional, on the fly tonal tweaking as well. The electronics are untouched, with original solder joints and Stackpole pots which date to 1959. All of the original hardware and plastic parts are present, including the trapeze tailpiece, switch plate, switch tip, witch hat Master Volume knob, and "lightning bolt" Brazilian rosewood compensated saddle on the floating bridge. The original raised pickguard is in great shape, with all of the original silkscreened graphics intact, all the more notable given how lightly these were screened and how often this text wears off in the pick path.
The nitro lacquer Red Sunburst gloss finish is vibrant and unfaded, exhibiting faint vertical lacquer checking and some isolated spots of lacquer touchup in the black at the edges of the burst. There is also some minor finish loss adjacent to the tailpiece, and some small scattered finish scratches and nicks on the body as a whole. The neck profile is clean and smooth, free of palm wear with just a couple minor marks.
A gigbag is included.