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Rickenbacker had founded Ro-Pat-In Corp., which became Electro String, which eventually evolved into Rickenbacker International Corp.
He worked at National, and later at Dobro, and was largely responsible for the production methods that made it possible to mass-produce metal and Bakelite guitar bodies.
The singer and songwriter composed the country-western-style song “United Breaks Guitars” and posted an accompanying video on You Tube after alleging the airline damaged his treasured Taylor acoustic at Chicago’s O’Hare airport last year.
It has already notched up 3.7 million hits on the video-sharing site and has become a public relations disaster for the airline, which had refused to pay his repair costs but offered compensation only after the song became an online phenomenon.
We do know this much: Before there was Valco, there was the National Stringed Instrument Corp., a California-based manufacturer of resonator guitars dating back to the ’20s, and the Dobro Manufacturing Co.
National created steel-bodied guitars, notably the “tri-cone,” which used three resonating metal cones to amplify the sound, and the “biscuit,” which featured a single resonating cone.
So I would say that it is a slight variant of a usual National New Yorker . purchased in 1953 I am unable to find any information on it or even find one similar to it. Thank you for reading this and I hope that you can help Sarah Hello Sarah and Colin This guitar looks to me to be a version of the "New Yorker".the serial number is x46149 It is acoustic with electric pick up. Around this time it might have been advertised as a Model 1120.However, tubes are still used in several specialized applications such as guitar amplifiers (also called a valve amp outside the U.S.) and high power RF transmitters, as a display device in television sets and in microwave ovens.