Supro 2042PNM Huntington II with Piezo Pickup Natural Mahogany
The Tri Tone is a updated incarnation of the 1959 Supro Triple Tone guitar. This tuxedo black Art Deco masterpiece sports the same body shape and set-neck construction of the David Bowie Dual Tone model plus a custom-made set of brushed-gold Supro pickups. Designed specifically for the 2019 Tri Tone, a calibrated pair of Vistatone pickups in the neck and middle position are mated with an overwound, Super Alnico unit in the bridge. Expanding on Supro tradition, this custom-wound boutique pickup set is wired with a 5-way switch, dedicated volume knobs for each pickup and a master volume control.
The Supro Vistatone pickup is a faithful reproduction of the groundbreaking, single-coil design developed for Valco by Ralph Keller in the early 1950s and made famous by musicians such as Link Wray, David Bowie, Robert Smith, Dan Auerbach and Jack White. The Vistatone pickup is cited as “prior art” by Seth Lover in his famous patent for the Gibson “PAF” Humbucker. The Vistatone pickup has a huge fat tone that works exceptionally well with fuzz pedals and overdriven tube amps.
The Supro Super Alnico pickup is faithful reproduction of the high-output single coil pickup found in bridge position of the top-of-the-line vintage Supro guitars such as the Rhythm Master, Silverwood and Coronado archtop. Developed in the late 1950’s as answer to Gibson’s P90 pickup, the Super Alnico has one hugely overwound coil that gives it a focused midrange bite and top-end clarity of a single coil pickup. The original Super Alnico pickups were too big to fit in most guitars, but the new Supro Super Alnico pickups contain the same vintage spec magnet and coil wiring, fit into a standard Humbucker size.