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National New Yorker Lap Steel Guitar Art Deco Style. National New Yorker, circa 1950 The 1949-1954 Models of New Yorker are my favorites. They have what I consider their best vintage pickup. A sought after fat wide Vista-Tone with, (of course), fat wide sound. It's a p'up that many have swapped into their custom rigs. They also have a cool style and feel. Colorful, tasteful with great features. Tuners have the cool cover with the embossed National shield emblem on each strip. As with many vintage Valco-made instruments of that era, this came with a screw-on Amphenol connector. We replaced this with a standard 1/4" jack. The case is also in good solid condition. This guitar came in without a fretboard, the volume and tone pots were disconnected and the tuner buttons were crumbled. We rebuilt the pickup, rewired everything, & replaced the capacitor. It now has a new fretboard, good electronics and new tuner buttons. Now that it's been upgraded, it’s in good shape; plays and sounds great. Ready to entertain several more generations.. Vista-tones appear to be a humbucking pickup, but it’s an external impression created by the wide case/housing which is part of the design's function — it’s a single-coil dressed as a dual-coil. The Vista-Tone’s internal configuration has magnets to one side of a single coil, separated from it by a steel “keeper.” Its six pole pieces are height-adjustable screws. According to inventor Ralph Keller’s patent, “An object of this invention is to provide a pickup device which establishes a magnetic field extending for a substantial distance along each string, with the magnetic lines of force lying substantially parallel to the strings for the major portion of said distance.” The wide magnetic field spans the width of the housing, interacting with approximately two inches of the strings’ length. - Calvet describes the tone as a cross between a Strat and a P-90, though he says it breaks up differently when pushed: “There’s more fuzz around the edges, though they sound good clean too.” *Please see our other listings and store for many other Vintage Lap Steel Guitars and Amplifiers. We currently have Alamos, Bronsons, Dickersons, Dobros, English, Epiphones, Fenders, Gibsons, Kays, Maestros, Magnatones, McKinney, Nationals, Oahus, Rickenbachers, Sho�Bud, Supertones, Supros, and White Lap Steels. We've been in the guitar business for over 50 years. We encourage you to contact us with any questions or comments* We ship (worldwide) at cost. For accurate quotes, please contact us with your location.

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