Is it any surprize John Van Horn ended his Raymen career with a bruised and broken Supro.
John and Link were brothers closely linked, not at the hip, but spirits in kind. Link was reported to
have thrown a guitar at his manager, and it was not his 58 Supro. When Link retired and pronounced
he was giving up music and leaving for the farm, he may have left behind a 1956 Supro in pieces.
John Van Horn, at that time took a Supro, it's a 1956 Dual Tone, and replaced most of the
fret markers, installed a pro-lock professional bridge, and replaced a broken butterfly tuner.
That guitar headed straight to John Van Horn's attic, where it sat, for 50+ years.
In John Van Horn Jr.'s own words, "that guitar sat in the attic for over forty years"
and that was over 55 years ago.
Upon the knowledge he was dying from cancer, John took the guitar out of the attic, recorded
two of the original songs "Rumble" and "Run Chicken Run" on a CD called "I've Got The Cure".
This guitar belongs in the hands of someone who wants to preserve history. It has been modified.
All Supro Dual Tone guitars had a floating, wooden bridges that required complete intonation adjustment,
for every string change.
John had a set-stop, locking (allen screw) bridge installed, like a Les Paul. That bridge allows the strings
to all be replaced and return the guitar to stage-ready condition, in minutes. When he picked up the guitar
and posed, as Link had, he cemented a place for this guitar. When he played the D - D - E chord sequence,
he also validated his own love for Link.
These guitars were, I believe, the inspiration for Seth Lover to use two pickups in one package,
but the single coil is hotter, as every Fender player knows. This guitar also has a THREE position
switch, which allows both front and rear pick-ups to work together. No other Supro has this ability
before 1957. When the two are thrown in opposite polarity, it becomes hum-bucking. Perhaps a
patent infrigment on the original packaging of the sealed and solid single hot pickups. The middle
position of this quitar allows that monumental decision, use one to oppose the other, and let them
play together in unison. There is evidence that no regard was given to polarity, in those days, and
it is possible several Supro Dual Tones had opposing pickups, past the 1956 date.
Consider none of that, and consider this, John Van Horn owned this guitar when he was a Rayman,
and has made modifications that any guitar player and professional could respect, and he kept it.
Kept it until he died, and recorded Rumble and Run Chicken Run with it on his very last album.
Rest in eternal peace dear John Van Horn, you were a man of the frontier of Rock,
God bless you John.
Call it luck, but I refer it to as my passed mother's direction to seek this guitar, and I bought it from
John Van Horn Jr. after his father passed. His Dad's guitar brought 4 times as much money to
the young Van Horn, and I was grateful to connect to my childhood hero, through John Van Horn.
Rumble on motherfuckers!