Steel Trappings

Geri's Vintage Steels

1954 National New Yorker

December 10, 2017 • Geronimo "Geri" ValdrizInstruments and Luthiers

The National String Instrument Corp. was known for its eye-catching acoustic resonator guitars with engraved floral designs and etched or painted tropical scenes.

National New Yorker

In 1930, George Beauchamp was a musician - inventor seeking to electrify the acoustic Hawaiian steel guitar.

The company's penchant for imaginative ornamentation found a new medium with the development of Hawaiian lap steels.

National New Yorker

The "New Yorker" model took its design from the Art Deco elements of the Empire State Building in New York City. It features stair-stepped sides, a multi- colored fretboard marker pattern, and a clear Lucite pickup cover.

Downtown Manhattan in style!

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