Our friends at Supro Guitars have reissued the model that David used on the Reality Tour in 2003/2004
They have done an amazing job in recreating this iconic Supro Dual Tone Guitar. They were kind enough to get me one to use in the show. It’s a super cool instrument and it plays like a dream.
Here are some shots of it in action on Ziggy and Suffragette City !
I also post the essay I wrote for Supro Guitars on my recollections about David coming to use this guitar on the Reality Tour…
David was a discerning collector of not only art, but all things to do with music, music artifacts and specific instruments. The Supro was a guitar that nailed a few of these criteria for him. It’s a very stylish guitar and it has a great vibe and sound. David had collected a couple of these models and it was a perfect fit for the Reality Tour and the aesthetic of the tour, perhaps “a slightly deconstructed future past”.
We sent the guitar to master luthier Flip Scipio in NYC for a setup and makeover to bring back to its former glory and make it super playable and stable for going on the road.
In the end I believe Flip removed the upper frets and filled the slots with different colored resin. This was to do with the neck reset angle and setup and the fact that, in the trade off for making the rest of the guitar really speak and the unlikelihood of David spontaneously taking a lead break, this part of the neck became redundant. I like that in the new reproduction you have honored that addition which was always a super cool ( and that you put the frets back also !!). After Flip had gone over it it was a fantastic guitar and David loved it so much, it was the only one he wanted to play , even though we had many other great instruments from famous makers available to him.
A perfect fit for such an iconic artist as David Bowie and for his vision for the Reality Tour.
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