National Model 1170 Club Combo Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1952)

National  Model 1170 Club Combo Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar  (1952)

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National Model 1170 Club Combo Model Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1952), made in Chicago, serial # X-15410, sunburst lacquer finish, Laminated maple body with spruce top, mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, original brown chipboard case.

This is a fairly rare example of National's early 1950s electric line, a period when the company was developing its modern style instruments. The Club Combo was a fairly high-end arch-top model retailing at $195 with a full size 17" non-cutaway body mounting two pickups in National's eccentric period style with all the electronics floating over the top. Even the solid-bodies were built this way for several years!

This fully hollow body is triple-bound on the top, back, and sides with the f-holes bound as well. The "Stylist" neck has a bound rosewood fingerboard with pearloid block inlay, and is adjustable at the heel for angle to the body (you can do a neckset with an Allen wrench!). The headstock has a plastic overlay with a raised "National" logo, the tuners are the 1940s-style Kluson-made National-style with the back coverplate bearing the company logo. This is a good-sounding and playing guitar; definitely eccentric, but with a cool, funky sound from the excellent National pickups.
 
Overall length is 42 1/2 in. (108 cm.), 17 1/16 in. (43.3 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.).

A superb example overall. All original with very little wear, just a few light chips and dings and no repairs or alterations. Very playable, one of the better "Stylist" necks we have had -- much straighter than most! A super cool period piece, complete with the original chipboard case. Excellent Condition.