NGD – Supro Number 2 / Belmont Vibrato in Poppy Red

Discussion in 'Other Guitars' started by Pat V., Dec 8, 2018.

  1. Pat V.

    Pat V. Squier-holic

    Nov 21, 2014
    North America
    Just a quick first impression of the Supro Belmont Vibrato.

    The Supro guitars sold by Alto Music come extremely well packed and can easily survive rugged handling by the shippers.

    They are basically triple boxed including the hard shell case. The outer box is 51” x 20” x 9” and the grade of cardboard used is heavy duty. I really like the quality of the Supro cases. The guitars fit snugly and feel more substantial than they look.

    This particular Belmont weighs in at 7 pounds 10 ounces (7 pounds and 5 ounces with the vibrato cover removed)

    As nice as some of the high quality photos that have been posted of the Poppy Red Belmont, the finish is even better in person. The shade of red is simply gorgeous. Although not exactly Fiesta Red, it’s a bit closer to Fiesta than what I was getting from the online photos.

    Just like the Black Holiday, the build quality of the Belmont is excellent. Because the Belmont has no neck binding, I expected the neck to come across visually as less refined but the edge of the rosewood fretboard has a gloss finish and it looks very nice and just like the Black Holiday, the playability is stellar.

    Upon arrival, there was a bit of fret sprout but after just 15 hours in a humidity controlled environment, the sprout has receded and the fret edges feel very nice now. Humidity control is so important to guitars, even electrics and this was a convincing example.

    The stock factory strings are pretty knackered out of the gate and the fret surfaces need a couple of passes of the Dunlop 8000 polishing cloth and the rosewood fretboad also needs a little Lemon Oil when it’s restrung today. This guitar needed a bit of bridge and truss adjustment and after the restring it will need a few days of acclimating before the setup is completely dialed in.

    Just like the pair of of Vista-Tone pickups in the Black Holiday, I find the single VistaTone pickup in the Belmont to be magic. The DCR reading for this pickup is 9.18K. I’m quite certain that these pickups are a significant factor in why I like these Americana Series Supros so much. My only complaint at the moment is that I didn't grab a White Holiday when they were on sale.

    That’s it for now. Time to go to work. Here are a few pics.

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  2. Pat V.

    Pat V. Squier-holic

    Nov 21, 2014
    North America
  3. so1om

    so1om Dr. Squier

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    I’ve resisted so far, but if the Sahara and some of the island series start showing up, I may be in trouble!
     
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  4. wickedtools

    wickedtools Squier-holic

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  5. blackspider57

    blackspider57 Squier-Nut

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    Very nice indeed!
    Time to start a Supro Belmont thread as your adventure unfolds.
    Is the white front of the headstock paint,
    or a plastic veneer?
     
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  6. Pat V.

    Pat V. Squier-holic

    Nov 21, 2014
    North America
    I had assumed it was a veneer like you find on a lot of guitars these days but I’m not really sure.
    It’s funny, I normally wouldn’t think the white headstock looks right but I accepted it because it’s like the 1963s, but now I love it. I think it looks fantastic.
    Here are some closeups.
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  7. blackspider57

    blackspider57 Squier-Nut

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    It might look odd or out of place on a different guitar,
    but to my eyes, it totally fits the vibe of this one.
    Let me know about the headstock face material, as I am curious.
     
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  8. Pat V.

    Pat V. Squier-holic

    Nov 21, 2014
    North America
    Yes, now I think it wouldn’t look right without it. It adds both a festive quality to it and it also feeds the nostalgic aspect of it.
    I don't know if there's much else to say about the headstock face without asking the folks at Absara Audio. It looks very similar to the material used on the Black Holiday, except that it's white.

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  9. Pat V.

    Pat V. Squier-holic

    Nov 21, 2014
    North America
    Here's a 1963 Supro Belmont. I think Absara Audio nailed it with this Reissue and I'm extremely please to own one. Thanks again to Ralph who nudged me in the direction of this fantastic sale at Alto Music.


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  10. duceditor

    duceditor Dr. Squier

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    Here's an interesting tidbit -- one that surprised me! -- ALL the surfaces on the American series ar "painted." Well, color finished anyhow. Even the 'poly' parts. That is how the mahogany back so perfectly matches the "acousti-glass" front.

    Btw, do you realize that with the case these guitar are now selling for almost what they sold for in in the sixties? And the new ones are much better made.

    Freaking' amazing!

    -don
     
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    Loin Lover Squier-Nut

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  12. jjudas

    jjudas Squier-holic

    Mar 23, 2016
    Metro New Orleans
    Cool guitar! Congrats!!
     
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  13. strat_strummer

    strat_strummer Squier-Meister

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    Beautiful guitar.
     
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  14. Pat V.

    Pat V. Squier-holic

    Nov 21, 2014
    North America
    Thanks everyone. It’s a serious little rock and roll machine. A bit of a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
    I also find that it’s a very different sound and guitar playing experience than the Black Holiday.
    I’m glad that it’s not just two different colors of the same thing. The Black Holiday has a lot more of the Dobro-esque sound and provokes me to play with refinement and more thoughtfully and the Belmont provokes more of a “take no prisoners” approach. Both good and both fun.
     
  15. Pat V.

    Pat V. Squier-holic

    Nov 21, 2014
    North America
    I know. I still find it hard to believe that I bought two very unique Supro semi-hollow body guitars with composite tops, with pickups to die for and unique hardshell cases and shipping included for less than five and a half bills. I’m ridiculously happy.
     
  16. duceditor

    duceditor Dr. Squier

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    Le Grande "uh huh!" : )

    -don
     
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  17. Ralph124C41

    Ralph124C41 Squier-holic

    Feb 10, 2016
    Pat V, you're welcome. I just came across the ad and posted it here.

    As for those prices, I'd buy one with the virbrato for $124.50. Notice the use of the word "value" in the old ad so I guess it was the bottom of the pricing chart for the Supro in the day or one made more or less for students.

    I'm still old enough to remember when Fender offered all of those "value" guitars such as the Duo-Sonic, Mustang and the single-pickup Musicmaster.

    Gosh, now I'm wondering if Fender will introduce the Musicmaster at a realllllllly low price, either as a Fender or a Squier.
     
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  18. Pat V.

    Pat V. Squier-holic

    Nov 21, 2014
    North America
    No, in the 1963 catalog, there were three models that were less expensive. The Kingston, the Ozark and the Super.
     
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    Hoss Squier-holic

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    Dad gummit. You guys need stop this. I don't nee....neee....neeed any more guitars!
     
  20. Pat V.

    Pat V. Squier-holic

    Nov 21, 2014
    North America

    I’m now 90% certain it’s painted white.
     
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