Supro Westwood Archtop by Valco 1956 Sunburst

  • Sale
  • Regular price € 1.295,00
Shipping calculated at checkout.

Supro Westwood Serial X 61702 made in 1956 single pickup version, single cutaway carved spruce top archtop guitar. The sides and back are maple, rosewood fingerboard and bridge.

This guitar is still in very original and good condition humbuckerring is repaired but original.

The Supro Westwood pic

ck shape is a deep "C"

The neck width is 1.61 inch (at the nut) and 2.03 (at the 12th fret)

The nitrocellulose lacquer finish shows a nice crackle.

Nice light weight 2.45 kg guitar, that has a vintage vibe.

Pickup looks like a humbucker, but it’s really a single coil in a large case. The tuners are original single line Kluson models with creme plastic tulip buttons. The nut, tailpiece and bridge are original. The creme plastic pickguard is intact with some of the painted-on striping worn, but is not cracked. The pickup surround has small cracks above the adjustment screw, but is otherwise intact.

The original cases for these instruments was fibre (cardboard) with a light, brown cloth lining. That type of case does not usually age well and often disappears with time.

Supro instruments were one of the brands made by Valco, which was a successor to both National and Dobro. National itself became one of Valco’s brands; the company name was based on the first letters of the three owner’s names – Victor Smith, Al Frost, and Louis Dopyera – plus ‘co’ for ‘company’. Originally based in Los Angeles, Valco moved operations to Chicago in the 1940’s because that city was the hub for many large retailers including Sears, Roebuck. Valco produced guitars under a number of its own brand names, and amplifiers for many outside companies including Gretsch, Kay and Harmony. The company merged with Kay in 1967, but went bankrupt in 1968.