In the late 50's/early 60's, in East St. Louis / Belleville, IL,
a very small number of Dwight Guitars, were manufactured thru
Valco/Supro. These guitars were made for a local music store
owned by Sonny Shields. Mr. Charles "Dwight" Shields... owned
Sonny Shields Music.
These rare, Supro made, Dwight Guitars were manufactured for
Sonny Shields Music as a "House-Brand" for his guitar students.
Only 18 of these house-brand Dwight Guitars were manufactured.
Supro-made Dwight Guitars are far rarer than their Epiphone built
Dwight Coronet counterparts. The Supro & Epiphone guitars of
this period were very well made. These Dwight guitars counted
among the better ones produced.
In the late '50s, these Epiphone & Supro guitars were
launched as an alternative to the popular Les Paul Junior. The
Chicago Musical Instrument Company (CMI) distributed these
re-branded Dwights to Sonny Shields.