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NAMM 2018: Supro Dual Tone David Bowie Signature Guitar
Supro pays tribute to a musical icon with its latest guitar: the Supro David Bowie Signature
The new Supro David Bowie Ltd Edition Dual Tone is one of the latest guitars to be revealed amongst this year's NAMM 2018 guitars. This instrument was developed with assistance from the David Bowie archive and is based on the guitar he used on the Reality album and during his final world tour. Only 50 of these guitars are available, so act quick and get yourself a highly collectable piece of history.
Bowie customised the standard '60s Supro Dual Tone guitar to his own specifications and this new signature model makes those unique details available to his fans and guitarists looking to make their own mark.
Bowie's pair of Dual Tone guitars were purchased in 2003 on an auction site, with one being hardtail and the other featuring modifications by master luthier Flip Scipio. Scipio modified the top frets with rainbow-coloured inlays after Bowie asked for him to install a Bigsby tremolo. Scipio said that "David loved the way this guitar looked and sounded, so I chose the colors based on what I thought would look cheerful."
Bowie was known for his pioneering sense of style and individual taste in fashion. His side-kick guitarist Gerry Leonard suggested that he chose this guitar for its unique style, along with its "great vibe and sound."
The original Dual Tone was used on the 1958 hit-song "Rumble" by Link Wray. This was the only song ever banned from U.S. radio and Bowie paid tribute to that fact by using "Rumble" as his musical interlude on the Reality Tour.
This new model features modern refinements based on the original model from the '50s. Although this is a classic-looking instrument, it delivers a clever set of tweaks making it a thoroughly modern performer.
The guitar is a mesh of old and new, with its ergonomic set neck joint, genuine Bigsby tremolo, tummy cut for playing comfort, roller bridge, and vintage-correct Vistatone pickups- designed to replicate the genuine Supro sound that David Bowie loved.
The signature guitar includes the iconic mirror-finish lightning bolt design on the face of the headstock and the same distinct 'rainbow' inlays as Bowie's original guitar. This guitar comes with a Supro/Bowie hard case and signed certificate of authenticity.
Whether you're a fan of David Bowie or yet to become one, this guitar will help you make your own mark and will deliver a timeless aesthetic with a unique tonality and modern playability to help bring out your own inner-artist; the new David Bowie Supro is a fitting tribute to one of the greatest artists of this (and the last) century.
By Matt Wilkinson
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