|Founder||Victor Smith, Al Frost, and Louis Dopyera|
|Products||Electric and acoustic guitars, amplifiers|
Valco was formed in 1940 by three business partners and former owners of the National Dobro Company; Victor Smith, Al Frost, and Louis Dopyera. The company name was a combination of the three partner's first initials (V.A.L.) plus the common abbreviation for company (Co.)
Valco manufactured and sold electric (since the 1950s), resonator, lap steel and classical guitars and vacuum tube amplifiers under a variety of brand names including Supro, Airline, National and Oahu. They also made amplifiers under contract for several other companies such as Gretsch, Harmony, and Kay.
Replicas and revivalsEdit
Since Valco's demise a number of manufacturers have issued copies or derivatives of Valco instrument and amplifier models. Eastwood Guitars produces a variety of reissue Airline guitars, as well as at least one Supro model, though all of the former semihollow Res-O-Glas models are now wood solidbodies.
In late 2013, Absara Audio of Port Jefferson Station, New York announced that it had purchased the rights to the Supro trademark from Bruce Zinky. Zinky used the Supro name for a series of amps beginning in 2005 from his company, Zinky Electronics. Absara debuted a series of new Supro amps at the Winter 2014 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California. The new Supro amps are cosmetically reminiscent of their progenitors from the 1960s.
- Wright, Michael (2002). "Supro Guitars and Amplifiers Part I - Supro Part 1". Vintage Guitar Magazine (September 3, 2002).CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
Article about Valco's Supro brand
- Wright, Michael (2007). "Supro Resophonic FolkStar". Vintage Guitar Magazine (April 4, 2007).CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
Article about Supro's resonator guitars
- ADMIN (2001). "National Westwood and Glennwood - '60s Alt-materials Make Short run". Vintage Guitar Magazine (December 12, 2001).CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
Article about National's map guitars
- Ray, Will (2012). "Resurrecting a 1957 Supro Dual Tone". Premier Guitar (March 2012).CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
- Vintage Guitar Info Guy (1995–2002). "National/Valco Vintage Map-shaped Electric Models". Vintage Guitars Info. Archived from the original on 2010-11-19. Retrieved 2010-11-01.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
- 1956 Oahu-Supro Catalog
- "3 Times Electric Guitar Makers Tried to Ditch Wood". reverb.com. Retrieved 2018-10-04.
- 1964 Supro Catalog
- Rare 1968 Supro Classical Acoustical on Reverb.com
- Tony Bacon, ed. (2000). Electric Guitars: The Illustrated Encyclopedia. San Diego: Thunder Bay. pp. 243, 287.[verification needed]
- "History of Henry Kuhrmeyer and the Kay Musical Instrument Company. Contains Engelhardt Information". Kay Bass Information and Registration (KayBass.com).
- "Airline Guitars". (eastwoodguitars.com). Eastwood Guitars. Archived from the original on 2013-04-12.
- "Supro Dual Tone". (eastwoodguitars.com). Eastwood Guitars. Archived from the original on 2013-04-14.
- "Vintage 47 Guitar & Harp Amps". (vintage47amps.com). Vintage 47. (See also: About us by David Barnes)
- "Supro USA - The Legend Returns". (suprousa.com). Supro USA.
- "Legendary guitar amp brand Supro set for rebirth in 2014". press release (suprousa.com). Supro USA. December 4, 2013.
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