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Please note lots marked with a square will be move… Read more VALCO The National String Instrument Corporation was registered as a California based company by John Dopyera in 1926. Within three years Dopyera would resign from National leaving ownership and management to his partners and form the Dobro company. By 1935, Dopyera had returned in a merger that formed the National-Dobro Company. With a steadfast mission to amplify the volume of fretted instruments, the company’s early focus was production of acoustic resonator guitars, but by 1935 National marketed their first electric guitar under the brand name of Supro. After a move to Chicago in 1936 the company changed the brand name to Valco. Over the following years Valco would manufacture electric instruments and amplifiers for other companies as well as their own. Valco is credited with many innovative firsts in electric guitar manufacturing including the first double pickup guitar, a reinforced neck that dispensed with the neck heel, and a molded fiberglass resin body branded by Valco as Res-O-Glas. Pigmentation could be incorporated directly into the resin allowing the body to be molded and colored in one step. The Val-Pro models all shared the same body design roughly mirroring the map outline of the United States. By 1968 bankruptcy would dissolve Valco, though the National name would resurface in the 1970s in the form of inexpensive Asian imports sold to the American market. 1988 saw the reintroduction of National in the form of the California based National Resophonic Guitars.


Bearing the logo National at the headstock and National Val Pro at the pickguard, serial number plate applied to the back of the headstock G 23708, with later hardshell case bearing a label inscribed NATIONAL BLACK #G23708 US MAP and SERIAL NO. DG1092; accompanied by facsimile copies of the original sales invoice from California Guitar to Mr. Dave Gilmour dated 27th September 1979, and the UK customs receipt, dated 1st December 1979
Body length 17 ¾ in. (45 cm.)
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David Gilmour purchased this guitar from Frank Lucido’s California Guitar in Ventura, California, on 27th September 1979, during final recording and mixing sessions for Pink Floyd’s 1979 album The Wall at Producers Workshop in Los Angeles. The guitar saw occasional studio use throughout the 1980s.

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