Supro Ozark Guitar

The new Supro Ozark guitar is one of Absara Audio’s latest classic reissues.
The reissued Ozark is a modernized, upgraded version of this late-50’s oddball electric. The body dimensions are historically accurate, with a 24.75” scale length. The guitar’s string-thru-body hardtail bridge is mounted directly to the steel control plate, and there are one volume and one tone control. Each string is fully adjustable for intonation. The black satin-finished maple neck is glued to the body and features a Pau Ferro fretboard and vintage-style tuners. Absara even included the black pinstriping found on the ‘50’s Ozark.

The original Ozarks were designed for “Western” guitarists who were presumably trying to recreate the sounds of a steel guitar. In other words, the Ozark was born to be a killer slide guitar, and it’s in this role that it shines brightest. The pickup now used was designed by Absara, in conjunction with Lace Music, to recreate the sound of the original Supro lap steel pickup that came standard with every Ozark. In comparing the sound to an old Ozark, this reviewer feels they’ve come very close to capturing the funkiness of the old pickups.

Joe Perry of Aerosmith owns several old Ozarks, and favors them over all other guitars for slide work. Others like Ry Cooder and David Lindley are Ozark fans as well.

In terms of playability, the new Ozark tunes up easily and held tuning quite well right out of the box. Some guitars require immediate attention by a qualified luthier upon purchase, but this Ozark was the exception. It plays fine, looks great, was free of defects, sound killer, and is a welcome addition for any guitarist looking for something other than the usual “G” and “F” brands. It particularly excels as a slide guitar, which is to be expected. Every Ozark is numbered and comes with a nicely padded and classy looking gig bag.

To be honest, the Ozark reissue is not an exact duplicate of the original model, but an updated and modernized version that stays true to the original in looks, performance, and vibe. Let’s face it; those old Supro guitars were not exactly the best instruments of their day, in fact, while they were very cool and had the mojo to spare, they weren’t particularly well-made guitars. Absara has rectified that issue.

I have a feeling it’s going to be hard for me to send this review guitar back!
Bob Cianci