1952 NationalNew Yorker – Black/White

Named after our beloved home state, this “art deco” style Hawaiian electric guitar is a 1952 National New Yorker! Supposedly, the body design was modeled after the Empire State Building. These were finished in black and white (this one has yellowed slightly with age) and rainbow, numbered fretboard markers, making for a bold and beautiful design. The New Yorker lap steel was marketed for its dependable performance and professional acclaim, and National credits this to their “touch-tone control,” a feature of the specs by this year. The player can switch their sound between three options (bass, mellow, or brilliant) using the knob at the bottom of the body. While the pickup cover makes it look like a humbucker, this is actually a single coil pickup. Inside this lap steel’s original case, you will find its original manual, a cord, a screw-on adapter for its output jack, and a slide. 

Overall Condition: 7, due to playwear and general patina to metal components


  • Finish Details: Black/White, Original, Good Condition, light playwear and aging to finish, paint worn down to the wood on the bottom of the body
  • Body Material: Maple
  • Neck Material: Maple
  • Fretboard Material: Lucite
  • Neck Profile: N/A
  • Weight: 5 lbs 2 oz
  • Scale Length: 23”
  • Pickup Readings: 1.86K
  • Electronics: Original, Untouched
  • Hardware: Original, Good condition, patina and playwear to metal components
  • Nut Width: 1-7/8"
  • Includes: Original Brown Hardshell Case with green lining, Manual, cord, screw on jack adapter, slide

Sku: N001


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