The Supro Clermont guitar is a retro-future fantasy instrument designed in conjunction with Nashville-based guitarist Ford Thurston. The concept for this guitar originated with the idea of taking a traditional Supro double-cut body shape, and proportionally increasing the body dimensions to match Ted McCarty’s groundbreaking semi-hollow 335 design.
The Clermont maple body features a single, stylized “f-hole” on the upper bout and flat-top body with 3-ply binding. A three-piece bound maple neck with 24.75” scale, 12” radius and smooth satin finish is topped off with National-style “bowtie” inlays; and an elegant black “stinger” is featured on the back of an enlarged headstock with 3-per-side Kluson-style tuners. The Clermont is also equipped with a genuine Bigsby B7 vibrato system and roller bridge.
The custom electronics package found on the Clermont features a calibrated pair of mini-humbucker-sized Gold Foil pickups for a crystal-clear, wide-range, single-coil sound. A 3-way toggle switch is joined by individual volume controls for each pickup and a master tone control, all topped with Hofner-style creme/gold “teacup” knobs. The Clermont features a “50’s wiring” scheme that preserves top-end sparkle when rolling the pickup volumes down, greatly enhancing the range of usable sounds in comparison to typical production guitars.
The Clermont’s elegant lines, thoughtful hardware appointments and custom electronics come together to create a world-class, semi-hollow guitar that can handle a wide variety of musical situations from indie rock to surf instrumentals, western swing and everything in-between. While clearly possessing a unique set of tonal and visual aesthetics, the Clermont’s stylish body contours enable the instrument to fit perfectly into a 335-style hardshell case.
- Maple semi-hollow body with center block
- 3-piece Maple neck with black satin finish
- 24.75″-scale-length set neck
- Pau Ferro fretboard
- National-inspired “bowtie inlays”
- Bigsby B7 vibrato
- Mini-humbucker-sized Gold Foil pickups
- 2x volume control / 1x tone control
- 50’s wiring stays bright when volume is rolled off
- “Hofner Tea Cup”-style knobs
- Aqua-burst finish with matching back and sides