1960s Custom Kraft Beat Blaster - Valco, Supro National Heritage!
A super cool mid-late 1960s American made guitar that is very rare to find in Europe.
The Custom Kraft Beat Blaster was manufactured by Valco and features their highly sought-after single coil pickupsand other hardware. It has the look of some of those quirky Japanese guitars about it, but this one was made in the USA from quality woods and components.
The condition of this particular example is good for a vintage instrument of its age. It hasn't been babied, but aside from two amateur mods that are purely cosmetic, it has not been abused.
Somebody decided to add an additional string tree (pointless and not brilliantly done) and also move the strap button from it's original position on the top edge of the body to the horn. They removed a tiny portion of the tip of the horn to mount the strap button. It's barely noticeable on a guitar that has honest play wear and vintage associated dings and scrapes.
The guitar has an alder body and a maple neck with what looks to be a Brazilian rosewood fretboard. The body is slender at just over 32mm thick and is paired with a real beast of a neck.
The crowning glory of this guitar is perhaps the two Valco single coil pickups. These are high output, gutsy and vintage sounding units that have a huge frequency range and a very full sound. They are controlled by two on/off switches and you can get a great variety of tones. Seriously, it's an incredibly versatile guitar that can take you from warm, jazzy chording to soundtrack intsrumental territory via 60s garage trash. Or whatever!
The neck has a nut width of 1 3/4", around 44mm and a chunky C profile. Not talking baseball bat width, but kind of like a mid 60s Fender profile when they added a bit more heft to the back of the neck. Coupled with the wider than usual nut it's an aboslute joy to play.
The fretboard is luxurious, smooth and dark rosewood - most likely Brazillian. So far beyond anything you will find on run of the mill production guitars these days. It's in fantastic condition and plays beautifull thanks to the frets being in great condition, a zero fret and a low action. It could go even lower if that's your preference. The truss rod is fully functional with plenty more travel.
The guitar has been set up and checked over fully in the workshop and setup with brand new D'addario 10s.
The tremolo bar is not original, but this is the only non original part of the guitar and it's a perfect fit. The vibrato system is set up well and the tuning is incredibly stable.
The original red burst finish has dings, scrapes and lots of natural fine crazing/checking to the pure nitrocellulose finish, but this is all just honest wear and there are no nasty paint defects or large areas of damage to the body or neck.