What's the deal with some of my favorite guitars becoming so hard to find ? First it was the Fender MIJ Contemporaries, then the Fender laps, now the New Yorkers. Oh wait, it's because they're quality instruments, and the peeps know they're keepers.
These have been called "The King of Lap Steels", for good reason. I've owned many Fenders, Oahus, Sho-Buds, and others, but this is my fave, by far.
National New Yorker Model Lap Steel Electric Guitar (1947), made in Chicago, serial # Vxxxx, two tone finish, maple body, plastic facing, original Geib brown hard shell case. A supremely stylish lap steel from the often colorful just-postwar era at Valco. This early National New Yorker steel is not only striking to look at but great sounding as well. The stairstepped wooden body and headstock are capped with an alternating black and white plastic overlay, while the black phenolic fingerboard has white engraved fret lines and positions marked in different colored Roman numerals. The headstock marking is an enameled National-logo plate, the Kluson tuners are covered with oblong stamped metal plates. The volume control is beside the lucite-covered pickup, while the chicken-head tone control mounts behind the bridge and offers three sonic descriptions: "Hawaiian", "Chimes", and "Harp". Beyond making a fantastic late-Art Deco visual statement, this National steel is a fine player's instrument. Overall length is 32 in. (81.3 cm.), 7 in. (17.8 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 23 in. (584 mm.). Width of nut is 2 in. (51 mm.). Very fine, all original condition with only extremely light wear. Includes original Geib case functional, all latches also, picks, and cloth-covered Amphenol cord. Excellent condition lap steel.