This is a beautiful Supro Sahara model S470 (although not marked as such), red, reso-glas (fibreglass) semi-hollow body, electric guitar made by Supro/National/Valco of Chicago, IL in 1963. It's a very clean guitar that's a total joy to play and is absolutely a collectable piece. This comes from the same family of guitars that Jack White of the White Stripes uses. His main guitar is a Supro-made Airline-branded Lafayette with the "Gumby" headstock. It comes with an original two-tone: grey and white hard shell case which is in good condition (photo shows case open with guitar and closed inset). The serial number is: S12xxx (last 3 digits removed) which makes is a 1963. This model was only available in 1963 after that they modified it to be a Belmont and branded Sahara with slightly different configurations.
The guitar is 100% original and in very good condition. It shows some wear, scratches, and dings from the last 45 years of use but overall it's in nice playing shape. There's some very minor "crazing" near the tailpiece (see photos) and jack but nothing deep or significant. The body is made of molded fiberglass which they called "reso-glas". It's made in two pieces: top and bottom with white rubber "binding" locking them in place.Description from VintageSilvertones.com
3 x 3 closed-back, Kluson Deluxe tuners with plastic knobs. There's a little a bit of rust on the exterior finish but they're in good working condition. The "G" tuner is slightly bent but still functions properly. It has a "Gumby" white plastic or bakelite headstock with a black plastic raised Supro logo. The headstock has some wear around the edges.
Bolt-on with a rosewood fretboard, and 21 frets. The neck is on the thicker side. It has real mother of pearl block inlays for fret markers. There is also fret markers on the side of the neck. The action is fast. The string height at the 12th fret is 1/8". The neck is straight. There's no fret buzz anywhere on the neck. The back of the neck has minor playing wear. It has a "zero" fret and all the frets are in good working order. The nut is plastic.
One single coil pickup that is strong and incredible sounding! It has individual tone and volume controls for each pickup. Definitely a bluesy or rock sounding pickup. There's a very minor amount of static in the controls when turning but they play fine when in position.
Overall length: 39"
Body width: 13 1/2"
Body thickness: 1 5/8" (2 3/8" with neck)
Scale: 24 3/4"Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Width of the nut: 1 5/8"
Depth of the neck at nut: 3/4" approximately