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Rainbow fret markers

Rainbow fret markers  ·  Source: Supro


Supro is doing a very limited David Bowie Supro Dual Tone limited edition guitar for 2018, based on the two early ’60s guitars that he bought for the recording of his Reality album.


New Killer Star

The original guitars were 1961 Supro Dual Tone models both of which were hard tail instruments and the first one appeared on the cover of Bowie’s New Killer Star single, so they are fairly well known and very nice looking guitars even with the Bowie association.

Supro Dual Tone David Bowie

Supro Dual Tone David Bowie · Source: Supro

Uber Cool

Being a huge Bowie fan myself, I instantly think of him and his cool guitar when I see one, so it was really good to see this limited run being announced, just wish I could get one myself!

Rainbow fret markers

Rainbow fret markers · Source: Supro

Rainbow frets

The second Supro Dual Tone was modified luthier Flip Scipio who then inlaid the top five fret slots with rainbow colours and also installed a Bigsby vibrato at Bowie’s request. This particular Supro Dual Tone became Bowie’s favourite guitar and main live one and also appeared on the cover of the “A Reality Tour” live album.

Supro Bowie headstock

Supro Bowie headstock · Source: Supro


Allegedly Bowie chose this old Supro model as it had originally been used by Link Wray on his infamous 1958 hit song Rumble single and so David was after that raw vibe, that and the fact that look very vintage, classy and uber cool probably hurt either.

It has an alder body and features a tummy cut for comfort, below is the ‘official’ list of specifications and ‘Bowie’ related appointments, logos and certificates etc.


  • Official David Bowie Supro Dual Tone

  • Individually numbered limited edition

  • Mirror-finish Bowie headstock logo

  • Rainbow fret lines on top 5 frets

  • Authentic Bigsby vibrato

  • Supro Vistatone pickups

  • 24 ¾” scale length

  • 12” fretboard radius

  • Ergonomic set-neck design

  • Supro/Bowie hard case included

  • Signed and numbered certificate of authenticity included



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Rainbow fret markers

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