1933 Supertone 12-fret parlor in ladder braced solid birch all around, 1 7/8” nut, 2 5/16” string spacing, wonderfully resonant and easy to play


The Supertone brand goes way back to the early 1900s. This rebuilt 1933 example brings back the heyday of classic looks, tone and appointments. The prewar parlor size model has always been a favorite of mine, especially when it retains the original label and date stamp. Large hands and long fingers take head, this one will not disappoint.

SPECS: parlor-size body, 12-fret neck, ladder-braced birch top, sides and back in worn black lacquer finish, slotted headstock, original tuning machines, steel reinforced poplar neck with chunky “V” profile, bound soundhole, ebonized maple fretboard with new frets, ebonized rosewood bridge, old pins with MOP dots, new bone nut and bone saddle. Nut width: 1 7/8”, String Spacing: 2 5/16”, Scale length: 24”, Upper bout: 9 3/16“, Lower Bout: 12 3/4”, Body length: 18 1/4”, Widest body depth: 3 5/8”, Overall length: 36 3/4” , Neck thickness at 1st fret: 15/16”, Neck thickness at 5th fret: 1”, Action: 1/8”, string gauge setup: custom lights 52-11 gauge standard tuning.

CONDITION: Solid woods in excellent rebuilt condition. One small top hairline was repaired. Finish has scuffs, crazing, edge wear with bumps and bruises everywhere. Evidence of prior tailpiece install. Top bracing was updated to accommodate modern string tension. Other work included neckset, new fretboard/frets, rosewood bridge and a sweet setup.

SOUND: The acoustic tone for a guitar of this is size is just “WOW”. Generous string spacing is a plus for fingerstyle players. The chunky neck might discourage some thumb wrappers but overall playability is a dream.

PRICE: $699

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