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NMM 6758.  Electric Lap Steel Guitar by National-Dobro Corporation, Chicago, ca. 1939-1940.
New Yorker Electric Hawaiian Guitar No. 70 (six string). No serial number.
Ex coll.: Walter Carter, Nashville. Board of Trustees, 1999.

Portrait view with case

The National Hawaiian Electric Guitar, later named the "New Yorker," was introduced in the fall of 1937. Its stair-step-shaped body featured black-and-white stripes, inspired by the 1930s New York skyline (John D'Angelico gave the same name to his top-of-the-line archtop acoustic guitar, which featured similar decorative design elements). The National New Yorker, which sold for $75 in 1938, was equipped with a potentiometer tone control with settings for three tone qualities described in the 1938 catalog as follows:

"HAWAIIAN:  a clear treble with well balanced and smoothly rounded bass; CHIMES:  brilliant tones on all strings with true sustaining harmonics easily obtainable; HARP:  deep mellow bass on all strings—rich and vibrant in quality."

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Front, Back, and Side Views

Three-quater view Front view Bass side view Back view

Front and Back Views of Peghead

Front of peghead Bass side of peghead Treble side of peghead Back of peghead


Pickup with cover Pickup without cover, view 1 Pickup without cover, view 2

Control knob Electrical hook up

Lower end

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