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.
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Posted by Seba Pezzani on 3rd Nov 2015
I recently put my hands on a pretty rare Twin Tone model, with a sunburst and a Bigsby vibrato. What a treat! I have always been looking for the perfect, impossible blend between a Telecaster and a Les Paul. Impossible, as I said. This Twin Tone of mine does not make it possible but it gets as close to perfection as it can. Smooth neck, very well built and finished instrument, with a marvellous sunburst finish. What about those two pickups? Well, the bridge one is a real blend of a Les Paul bridge humbucker and the classic Tele sound: clean, crunchy and piercing. But what really does the trick is the neck humbucker, which almost totally overcomes all challenges. I kid you not: this guitar knocked me down and it is worth five times as much its interesting price. The killer looks lured me into buying it but it truely sounds amazing. And it makes me look supercool on the stage too. Not a bad bonus...
Posted by Unknown on 1st Oct 2015
Bought one of these in black in '08, while living in Denver. Made a deal with the dealer to swap pick guards so my black Twin Tone had a pick guard with BOTH layers in black with white piping. Killer look!!
Killer sound, too. I didn't have a big-name or big-power amp (still don't), but the Twin Tone could practically blow out the windows if I wanted to be that loud – plenty of gain in those pickups. I play mostly blues (and not all that well), and the Twin Tone's sound was perfect for that. Almost sounded like Jimmy Reed, except JR played an Airline 2P in red on occasion.
Eastwood stood behind their product, as well. The first one I got had a misaligned neck, so I sent it back, and Mike didn't just fix the neck, he sent me another black Twin Tone, no questions asked, and in the process replaced the pick guards I'd gone to so much trouble to acquire for the first guitar. Major points from me for that!!
My nephew now plays it – he's a better player than I am – but it's still going strong, and I just bought another Eastwood model in black because – well, it's an Eastwood, so it's a little different than most of what's out there.
Posted by Cameron on 1st Oct 2015
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.
Posted by Mark Evers on 1st Oct 2015
I gave the Twintone 5 stars for several reasons. Bang for buck. Under $500, and has replaced my need for a really expensive Les Paul. I love the playability. I did have to have it set up out of box (raise action for slide playing), but that goes for every new guitar I've ever bought. Love the dual hot rail pickups. Lots of bite on the bridge, and great deep tone on the neck pickup. Of course it looks awesome, but all of here know that its all about playability, tone, and dependability. I'm thrilled with mine and will play it on up-coming summer tour.
Posted by dave on 16th Apr 2015
bought a supro twin tone in 69 airline brought it back thank you
Posted by Unknown on 9th Apr 2015
Because I work at a fine arts storage facility I do believe the guitar could have been packed better for transit. But thats just me. Never the less this came in tip top shape and the money paid is nothing compared to the quality sounds that you get. Light weight and exactly what I expected and more. This guitars tenacious! The tones were exactly what I was looking for. Thanks a lot Eastwood!!!
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