Supro Ozark

The Ozark is a modernized version of the late 50’s Supro Ozark guitar played by Joe Perry and Jimi Hendrix. The vintage-correct body dimensions, 25” scale length and steel control plate—as well as the signature pinstripe line art from the original—have all been meticulously recreated in this limited edition Ozark for 2019. In order to capture the sonic magic of this mid-century classic, we worked with Lace pickups to recreate the much sought-after tone of the vintage Supro Lap Steel pickup found on the original Ozark hand made famous by Ry Cooder and David Lindley.

The defining feature of the vintage Supro Ozark guitar is the lap steel pickup that was mounted on a large, steel baseplate along with the volume and tone controls. This ancient, humbucking pickup was borrowed directly from Supro’s Studio and Spectator lap steels going all the way back to the 1940s. In the 1958 catalog, Supro referred to this pickup on the Ozark as a “powerful Western-Unit” with “extra response that Western Stylists require.” Put more simply, this guitar was designed from the start to be a monster slide guitar.

The magic of the original Supro lap steel pickup was discovered by artists like Ry Cooder, David Lindley, Jason Isbell and Blake Mills. Ry famously took a Supro string-through pickup off a 1950s Chicago-made lap steel and remounted it on his Stratocaster. Ry uses this “Coodercaster” as his main blues and bottleneck guitar. Given the opportunity to re-create the Supro Ozark, we have taken a number of steps to improve the playability and intonation of this classic instrument while still capturing the sound of the late 50’s, Chicago-made original.

The magic of the original Supro lap steel pickup was discovered by artists like Ry Cooder, David Lindley, Jason Isbell and Blake Mills. Ry famously took a Supro string-through pickup off a 1950s Chicago-made lap steel and remounted it on his Stratocaster. Ry uses this “Coodercaster” as his main blues and bottleneck guitar. Given the opportunity to re-create the Supro Ozark, we have taken a number of steps to improve the playability and intonation of this classic instrument while still capturing the sound of the late 50’s, Chicago-made original.

As the legend goes, Jimi Hendrix’s first electric guitar was a white 1958 Supro Ozark model 1560S, which his father purchased for him from Myers Music in Seattle in 1959.

Specifications

•Mahogany Body
•Set Neck with Black Satin Finish
•Lace Alumitone Pickup
•Pau Ferro Fretboard
•24.75″ Scale Length
•Dot Inlays
•Hand Numbered with Certificate of Authenticity
•Includes Deluxe Gigbag