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National / 1100 California / 1950 / Natural / Guitar For Sale

National guitars have become a bit of an institution for making resonator guitars, but it’s less known that for a short period they made archtops, and these have become quite desirable amongst collectors and players alike. Only in production between 1949 - 1955 the 1100 California is based on the Gibson L5. It’s 17” body features a Spruce top with Maple back and sides in a natural finish which really shows off the flame of the Maple. It has a typical National chunky neck which fits the left hand very snugly, and has a comfortable playing action. It also features very cool enclosed tuners and the iconic headstock badge. The finishing touch has to be the Bakelite tone and volume controls mounted on the pickguard. Unplugged the guitar sound bright and punchy, and plugged in the neck pickup can take you from jazz and blues to rock ’n’ roll. The guitar’s in excellent condition, just a few nicks and dings that you’d expect from a 70 year old guitar. It comes in a non original hard case.

Glenns Guitars, UK  

Contact name:
Glenn Sinnock
Brands:
Gibson, Martin, Guild, Lowden, Collings etc.
Languages:
English
Specialties:
Vintage Flattops
Opening hours:
10am - 8pm / 7 days

Welcome to Glenn's Guitars here on Vintage & Rare. After many years in the industry, and having been fortunate enough to have worked in Hanks and The Acoustic Centre - probably London's two foremost acoustic guitar shops - I decided to do my own thing.

I have a passion for used and vintage acoustic guitars; nearly new second hand guitars because they can represent a bargain compared to the price of a new guitar, older and vintage guitars because they tend to have more character and can often become an investment.

You will notice when viewing my stock list my taste in guitars, as I only sell guitars that I genuinely like - and there are certain brands noticeable by their absence. I am a huge fan of older Gibson, Martin and Guild acoustics, but also more boutique brands such as Lowden and Collings.

I will consider part exchange if it makes your desired guitar a little easier to afford. I also offer a guitar finding service, if there's something specific you're looking for.

If you are happy to buy over the internet, I will send you as many high resolution photos and as much information about the guitar you're interested in as I can. If you can get to me - I'm based in Enfield, only 30 minutes from London Liverpool Street Station - you can always make an appointment with me and come and try some of the guitars out first.

I accept payment by Paypal, bank transfer, cheque and of course cash.

 
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