The Supersound Story
by Trevor Midgley and The Guitar Collection

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Supersound Guitars in the Media

Guitar & Bass Magazine September 2015

Vintage early British electrics, Part Two.

Part two of the article where Paul Day charts the evolution of UK electric guitars between 1958 & 1962.

All pictures by Lars Mullen and all guitars supplied by The Guitar Collection.

Guitar & Bass Magazine August 2015

Vintage early British electrics, Part One.

Paul Day charts the evolution of UK electric guitars between 1958 & 1962.

All pictures by Lars Mullen and all guitars supplied by The Guitar Collection.

Music Radar

Cool and Classic Basses

Supersound Single Cutaway Bass

Guy's Supersound Single Cutaway Bass featured in the Music Radar "Cool and Classic Basses" article by Roger Newell.

In the article Roger Newell gives these details about the Supersound Single Cutaway Bass:

TYPE: Solid body, single cutaway, 4-string
BODY: Mahogany
NECK: Non specific, glued-in, V-profile, 20 heavy frets plus zero
SCALE LENGTH: 775mm (30½-inch)
FINGERBOARD: Bound rosewood, white plastic block inlays
HARDWARE: chrome, single bar bridge, Framus guitar tuners with fancy buttons and bone posts, block-type tailpiece with metal cover
PICKUPS: Supersound Hi-Fi single-coil. Equipped with a bar-magnet and suitably branded black plastic cover
CONTROLS: Volume and Tone
FEATURES: Front & rear contouring, long smooth and chamfered heel
FINISHES: Originally white as requested, resprayed black later on

COMMENTS: Back in 1958 Supersound added guitars and basses to their amplifier range, and enlisted the help of Jim Burns who was experimenting with instruments at that time. It was a short lived association but it did produce this, the first solid bass guitar built in Britain, commissioned by Teddy Wadmore who was the bassist with the Ted Taylor Four.

He’d managed to borrow a Fender Precision Bass from a US serviceman and was totally blown away with it, so showed it to Alan Wootton and Jim Burns at Supersound. The SCB (Single Cutaway Bass) is obviously far from being a clone but it does have the badged pickup in the same position as the Fender. It’s a shorter scaled instrument too with guitar sized tuners, and in order to produce enough clearance for the posts they are fitted into a recess at the rear of this substantial headstock.

Not only was this the first British solid bass guitar, it’s currently the only known example in near-original, fully playable condition and indeed it still feels and sounds amazingly good. Our thanks go to Guy MacKenzie for the picture and for allowing us to play this historically significant bass and to the legendary Paul Day for the historic details.

Read more about the Supersound Single Cutaway Bass in the The Guitar Collection Galleries.

Guitar & Bass Magazine Classics - Great British Electric Guitar Bible 2012

Local Heroes

The history of UK-made electric guitars is charted from the 1950s onwards.

Guitar and Bass Magazine September 2010 Vol 21 No. 10

Roger Cooper reports:-

Guitar Buyer Magazine September 2010 Issue 109

Paul Alcantara reports and adds the Burns timeline:-

Supersound Guitars on BBC TV's Points West April 2009