1938 Supertone “Lone Ranger” terz-size 12-fret in ladder-brace solid birch, 1 3/4” nut, 2 3/16” string spacing, small on size, huge on cool


This Supertone “Lone Ranger” terz size model was the smallest in the pre-war Lone Ranger stenciled top series. It was built to same standard as its larger bodied cousins but, with only a lower bout of 11 3/8”, was marketed to younger, budding guitarists. With a back off rebuild to modern standard for structure and playability, it's the coolest travel guitar on the planet. The 1 3/4” nut plays like a big person guitar and can be played in either G-G terz tuning or E-E standard tuning.

SPECS: Terz-size body, 12-fret neck with solid headstock, ladder-braced solid birch top in original lacquer finish, solid birch sides and back in original lacquer finish, original poplar neck in original finish, adjustable 2-way truss rod, MOP fretboard inlays with corresponding side dots, period tuning machines, low “C” neck profile, radius’d rosewood fretboard with new frets, new rosewood pin bridge, unbleached bone nut and saddle, ebony pins. Nut width 1 3/4”, String spacing 2 3/16”, Scale length 21 1/2”, upper bout 8”, lower bout 11 3/8”, body length 15 1/4”, Overall length 32 1/4”, Depth at end block 3 1/2”, Neck depth at 1st fret 3/4”, Neck depth at 5th fret 13/16” Action: 3/32”, string gauge setup: D’addario Extra Light gauge in terz tuning or Medium gauge in standard tuning.

CONDITION: Complete back-off rebuild of Supertone model with upgrades as noted. Prior, non-original bridge footprint visible. Finish touch-ups as needed. Please note that vintage, used or repurposed materials will have underlying swirls, scrapes, scratches, bumps and bruises. Any new elements/features added during the rebuild were made to fit in with the old.

SOUND: Chimey and bell-like, bright with just a pinch of overtones. Average neck width and profile makes this very playable, either fingerstyle or with a pick. The setup can be adjusted, within reason, to suit your playing style.

Price: $699

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