Up for sale, a 1962 Supro/Airline Town & Country in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. Manufactured by the Valco company in Chicago (home to the Supro and National brands, among others), this was the top-tier model in the Town & Country range with a triple pickup design. Technically only marketed through the Montgomery Ward catalog under "Airline" branding, this guitar boasts a vintage Supro badge on the headstock face.
The oversized single coil pickups have a classic Supro tone, with large ceramic magnets that provide a percussive, powerful attack and great midrange. The neck pickup is warm and wooly, balanced by the smooth, crisp attack of the maple body construction. In the bridge position, the tone is clear and commanding and with a bit of grit that really comes alive when overdriven. This Airline weighs 7lbs 10oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The neck has a chunky, “baseball bat”-worthy C-shaped profile carve with generous shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .910” deep at the 1st fret and 1.010” at the 12th. The bound Brazilian rosewood fretboard is a notably dark cut with block inlay and original slender frets which show just a hint of wear on the crowns of frets 1-3 (there is also light wear into the fingerboard in this area). The guitar plays cleanly in all registers, and the neck is straight. The scale length is 24 3/4“, and the nut measures 1 11/16” in width. On the headstock, are two small mounting holes (presumably for an original “Airline” badge) and the guitar is currently fitted with a vintage metal Supro badge. The original set of Kluson Deluxe single line strip tuners turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch, with original cream buttons.
All of the electronics function as intended, with untouched solder joints, cloth-covered leads, and original Stackpole pots that date to the 30th week of ‘62. The pickups are governed by individual pairs of Volume and Tone controls on the bass-side control panel/pickguard, with a three-way selector switch and Master Volume control on the treble side. The dual Art Deco-style pickguards extend almost the entire length of the body, and the black pinstriping is all intact save for light wear on the treble-side guard along the strum path. The original carved and compensated floating Brazilian rosewood saddle is intact, and the chrome-plated tailpiece and pickup covers still have plenty of shine. On the back of the body, the black plastic cavity cover has a number of minor splits and chips at the edges, but is stable and secure.
The gloss Cherry finish is bright and bold, with just enough transparency to reveal the grain in the maple body. Cosmetic wear includes a number of minor dings on the body as a whole, largely relegated to the lower bout perimeter and on the back, as well as some limited buckle worming on the back. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss.
The original hardshell case with gray thatched exterior is included, complete with original latches and molded luggage-style handle.