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Monday, March 25, 2013

1954-55 National Glenwood

via this auction

"Model 1105 (1954-‘55) (First Version) (serial number X52977)

The guitar has 2 single-coil pickups, each with three controls, volume, tone, and blend/selector, as well as a 2-way tone selector switch (black, bottom of pickguard, next to “Glenwood” insignia and apparently not found on other models).

The body is Maple with a cream-colored plastic back. The tuners are vintage Kluson (gold waffleback with pearloid knobs). The unusual bridge is a lovely fixed, 2-piece post, height adjustable hand-carved rosewood bridge.

The neck appears to be maple (it’s painted black, as is back of headstock, but there are some chips that expose what appears to be maple) with a rosewood fingerboard, 20 frets and very comfortable to play. The fret inlays are a unique series of rectangles surrounding another set of diamond shaped squares that house abalone inserts. The neck is fully bound and the binding color matches the color of the body. My favorite feature on this instrument, by far, is the vintage pickguard. Two levels, gold-embroidered highlight lines embedded under the clear plastic black-bottomed guard with gold-lettered Glenwood script. Too darn cool!

Plenty of vintage vibe, scratches, dings, surface/finish checks but, all-in-all, in reasonably good shape with no major problems whatsoever. An awe-inspiring instrument; one of if not the very coolest guitars I’ve ever owned. Ships with original hardshell, leather-covered case, also in very good shape, still plush with functional latches.

***Note: this is not the "Town & Country" model, often seen listed but an older, harder to find model (1105) only made in 1954-55 (as far as I've been able to ascertain, very little information is available on this particular model)."

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