“Little Red” 1950’s-early 60’s Supro ( or National...) Ozark with bad home made paint job
Little Red is a half scale student model made by Valco in probably the early 60’s. Someone re-painted her, which is a shame because the original Spurs had beautiful art deco designs and pin striping. Anyways, I paid $75 for her at a little music shop called Thee Music Shop right next to the old Tucker Drugs and the Tropicana. The secret to her sound is in the pick up, which gives you an uncanny Elmore James tone no matter what you play her through. I use her exclusively for open D tuning. Little Red has gone missing twice. The first time was at the Side Track in the mid 90’s when I was there with Beautiful Joe. After a late night of partying with the staff after the show, I went to get her the next morning but she was missing. There were a lot of people passing through that green room so I’d assumed someone took off with her, but about three years later I got a call from the manager of the Sidetrack asking if I’d lost a little red guitar. He knew I was in Edmonton opening for Jann Arden, so I happily went and picked her up after my opener! The second time she went missing was when I was in Memphis in 2016 at the International Blues Competition. Little Red was to be my ace in the hole that would help me win the whole thing. Unfortunately, the baggage handler misplaced her and she ended up spending the weekend in Dallas/Fort Worth! I finally got a call from American Airlines an hour before I headed back to the airport and needless to say, I didn’t win. Didn’t make the quarter finals either!