The Supro Conquistador guitar is a future-retro 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 ground-breaking, semi-hollow 335 design.
The Conquistador’s mahogany body features a single, stylized “f-hole” on the upper bout and a gentle bevel along the outer edge for player comfort. A 3-piece bound mahogany neck with 24.75” scale, 12” radius and smooth satin finish is topped off with an elegant, black “stinger” on the back of an enlarged headstock with 3-per-side Kluson style tuners. The Conquistador is also equipped with a genuine Bigsby B7 vibrato system and nylon saddle bridge.
The custom electronics package found on the Conquistador combines a mini-humbucker sized, Gold foil pickup in the neck for woody single coil tones with an Alnico 3 PAF style humbucker for vintage clarity, sparkle and bite in the bridge position. A 3-way blade switch is joined by individual volume controls for each pickup and a master tone control topped with Hofner-style creme and gold “teacup” knobs. The Conquistador features a “50’s wiring” scheme that preserves top-end sparkle when rolling the pickup volumes down, greatly enhancing the range of usable sounds over typical production guitars.
The Conquistador’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 rock to jazz, blues, country and everything in-between. While clearly possessing a unique set of tonal and visual aesthetics, the Conquistador’s comfortable body contours enable the instrument to fit perfectly into a 335-style hardshell case.
- Mini-humbucker Gold Foil Neck Pickup
- 2x Volume control / 1x Tone control
- 50’s Wiring stays bright when volume is rolled off
- “Hofner Tea-cup” style knobs
- Trans British Racing Green finish
- Natural Mahogany back and sides
- Mahogany Semi-Hollow body with center block
- 3-piece Mahogany Neck with Natural Satin Finish
- 24.75″ Scale Length set neck
- Pau Ferro Fretboard
- Bigsby B7 Vibrato
- Alnico 3 PAF Bridge Pickup with brushed Nickel Cover