Eastwood's tribute to the SUPRO® Dual Tone. SUPRO® Guitars were made in the USA from 1958-68 by VALCO and sold through Montgomery Ward. VALCO also made National and AIRLINE brands. Today they are played by people like The Cure, Calexico, Raconteurs and White Stripes.
Posted by Cameron on 24th Nov 2014
My relationship with this guitar started off as complicated. I build guitars as a hobby - but in a agreement with my wife I have a 4 guitar stand rule. 4 stands = 4 guitars - no more, as a result I end up selling more than a few.
When I discovered Eastwood / Airline I immediately fell in love with the concept. To say they are simply beautiful reproductions is a huge understatement, I really admire the business model, the insight, the reintroduction of important guitars to a new generation.
My first Airline was a Bighorn - I loved the beauty and faithfulness of the design but had a hard time with some of the mechanics. While I loved the dynamic range of the Argyle pickups I struggled with my perception of inconsistent tuning.
Eastwood is an unusual guitar company in they are extremely customer responsive. I asked if it would be possible for a switch to the Twin Tone and they agreed to the switch, no questions asked.
As with any guitar out of the box, a set-up is probably a good idea. However, I procrastinated and while at first had a tough time with the action , I just kept playing it . The more I played it the more I began to understand it. As it is it plays as a beautiful blues guitar, great for bending down pull offs.
The Twin Tone has many attributes. It is faithful to the Supro design and really looks spectacular. It it probably the most comfortable guitar I’ve ever picked up. It nestles into your body like a comfy old sweater. The hot rail humbuckers are thirsty. Tons of tone and features a crispy to warm tonal range.
My inclination initially was that it would be hard for this guitar to make the four stand rule. The more I play it, the more likely I’ll be looking at it for years to come.