#8487 National Grand Console Steel, 1949
In the world of vintage steel guitars, National has it over everything else out there! And this National ‘Grand Console’ model, (from only the second year of production), is one of the best-looking, killer-sounding steels you’re ever going to find. First appearing in 1947, the Grand Console was the National model that Fender “borrowed” from, in designing their Stringmaster steels, introduced in 1953. This unbelievably fine twin 8-string model is in simply wonderful condition – for over 60 years old, we’re calling it Excellent+ condition. The Perspex, (“Lucite”) board overlays ar...
#8302 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 “St...