National Chicagoan lap-steel, 1965
What a find! Part of a very small Chicagoan production run featuring the elongated art deco National logo, some minor tarnishing of the chrome control plate is about all that stops this very rare National model looking near new!
With only the top-of-the-line New Yorker model above it, 1961 had been the last year the Chicagoan appeared in the National catalogue, however a production run in January of 1966 included a very small number of ex-catalogue Chicagoans, in order to use up a handful of fretboards remaining in the factory. By 1962 The Chicagoan had officially become the “Studio 76” model, with a new “stairstep” fretboard pattern, and the same, elongated chrome badge as the New Yorker, so these final few Chicagoans, (believed to be less than 30 made), are identical to the original model, other than the real bonus of featuring the cooler, more deco headstock badge. Because they were ex-catalogue, no serial number tags were affixed to the backs, but the high impedance pots on this model are dated from the last week of November ’65.
There’s not a mark on the Grey perloid finish, the electrics work perfectly, and it even comes in its original wooden case, with a vintage slide bar and pick included! The flocked back looks almost new, as does the 23” scale, elevated PlexiGlas board with its note markers – check out the funky G-clef at the first position.
Tulip-button Kluson Deluxe tuners, high gain pickup & pots, original bridge cover in pristine condition – as we said at the start, this one is a real find, and at only $1290, it’s an absolute steal. It will arrive at your door with a new set of D’Addario flat-tops fitted, and will sound amazing the second you plug in!
Price: AUD$1290.00 GST Included