This Supro is yet another homage to the American blues guitarists who first captured Rory’s imagination. According to Palmtrees, Señoritas… and Rocket Ships!, Mark Makin’s comprehensive reference book on Nationals, Supros and related guitar brands, Rory’s example appears to be the second iteration of the Dual-Tone, which first appeared in 1954. This updated version, which went on sale in 1955, featured an asymmetrical, straight-sided headstock with so-called butterfly tuners and a 12-inch-wide single-cutaway body clad in an Arctic White, plastic-coated “No Mar” finish. At some point in 1957, this spec changed yet again to a wider 13-inch body with a more modern slot-style pickup selector switch on the top right bout in place of the distinctive rotary selector seen here.
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