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THE NATIONAL STRING INSTRUMENT CORPORATION, LOS ANGELES, CIRCA 1940
THE NATIONAL STRING INSTRUMENT CORPORATION, LOS ANGELES, CIRCA 1940
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THE NATIONAL STRING INSTRUMENT CORPORATION, LOS ANGELES, CIRCA 1940

A DOUBLE-NECK ELECTRIC LAP STEEL GUITAR, DOUBLE 8 CONSOLE

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THE NATIONAL STRING INSTRUMENT CORPORATION, LOS ANGELES, CIRCA 1940
A DOUBLE-NECK ELECTRIC LAP STEEL GUITAR, DOUBLE 8 CONSOLE
Engraved with logo National to the body and to the side of the case engraved National Console, stamped with serial number B3286 to the reverse, with original hardshell case bearing a label inscribed NATIONAL DOUBLE NECK STEEL and SERIAL NO. DG1091
Overall length 33 ¼ in. (84.5 cm.)
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David Gilmour acquired this double-neck lap steel guitar in the mid 1980s after admiring a similar example owned by musician David Lindley and kept it at his home studio at Hook End Manor in Oxfordshire. Early steel guitar performer and innovator Letritia Kandle was photographed with a similar example of the National Console Double 8 in the early 1940s. Kandle envisioned and designed the first steel guitar which enabled the player to stand while playing, the Grand Letar, in 1937.

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