Conquistador and Clermont, semi-hollow guitars, are now available from SUPRO. Designed in collaboration with Nashville-based guitarist Ford Thurston. While keeping the conventional SUPRO double-cut body shape, the idea was to increase the dimensions of the body proportionately to match the design of the typical "335" semi-hollow guitar designed by Ted McCarty.
The Clermont is a flat-top semi-hollow guitar made of maple. Equipped with two mini humbucker-sized Gold Foil pickups, it outputs a wide range of clear and powerful sounds. The practicality of the roller bridge is also attractive.
The Conquistador is a semi-hollow guitar that uses mahogany with a beveled cut. A Gold Foil pickup similar to the Clermont neck and an Alnico 3 PAF style humbucker in the bridge position provide vintage clarity and brilliant tone. The looks, with the saddle bridge, and sounds that shout vintage are attractive.
Both guitars have a smooth satin-finished neck back, Bigsby B7 vibratos, Hoffner-style cream/gold "tea cup" knobs, and 50's style wiring that maintains top-end shine when the pickup volume is lowered. Not only do they look great, but they also sound great and are comfortable to play. These guitars are a well-balanced mix of retro and modern.