Supro has unveiled the David Bowie 1961 Dual Tone, a hard-tail guitar that’s modelled after the Thin White Duke’s first-ever Dual Tone, which he picked up before recording 2003’s Reality. The six-string would go on to heavily feature on the album and the ensuing world tour.
While the guitar retains the classic good looks of the original vintage model, Supro has made a few subtle tweaks that enhance playability. These include a maple neck with an ergonomic set-neck design, a mahogany body with a belly cut, and a 12-inch-radius pau ferro fingerboard.
This Dual Tone instrument is loaded with a pair of Supro Vistatone humbuckers, which are designed to replicate Bowie’s favoured Supro sound. Hardware appointments consist of a reverse stairstep tailpiece, a Tune-o-Matic bridge and a set of butterfly tulip tuning pegs.
And as a nod to Ziggy Stardust’s enduring influence, the guitar sports a mirror-finish ‘Bowie’ lightning bolt insignia on its headstock.
Retails at $999. More information at suprousa.com.