National’s answer to the Les Paul, the Town and Country invites obvious comparisons to Gibson’s iconic solidbody model — but at a small fraction of the price and with a wiring scheme all its own.
The guitar includes a three-way selector switch near the bridge pickup, as well as six diminutive pots that control volume and tone for each pickup, and both pickups together. This array of switches and knobs is emblematic of the gadget-obsessed ‘50s (ever driven an old Cadillac or operated your parents’ hi-fi?), but with a modicum of practice, a bit of knob-twirling yields some great period-correct tones, from rockabilly to western swing, and including, it goes without saying, full-throated rock and roll.
The 24-½” scale is just slightly shorter than a Gibson’s, making bends a breeze. The maple body is loud, resonant and surprisingly lightweight, making this a powerful yet compact package. In fact, Curtis “The Pocket Picker” Brim, longtime lead guitarist with country-jazz pioneer Earl “Buck” Dexter, who stood just over five feet tall, was known to turn to a Town and Country on those occasions when he was called upon to perform the band’s more raucous numbers, like their 1958 hit “Ditch and Whiskey.”
All original except for an authentic-looking replacement tailpiece anchor (the original, which is broken at the right angle, is in the case).
Includes original brown form-fitting case. Sold!