National Val-Pro 84

Category: Guitar

National Val-Pro 84

This National Val-Pro 84 in White Resoglas is a beauty frozen in time (we were told 1962), with it’s Original Hard Shell Case. This guitar has the neck pickup and a hidden pickup in the bridge.

Most musicians are first attracted to them, no doubt, by the way they look. The body shape resembles a map of the United States. The National Val-Pro 84 was introduced in 1961 (they first made a catalog appearance in ’62) and were made only through 1964.

The guitar’s finish was sprayed first into a mold, which was then sprayed with Fiberglas before the finished half was unmolded. The two pieces (front and back) were screwed together with five screws entering from the back and going into blocks of maple glued to the inside of the body. Valco called the material Res-O-Glas–a combination of polyester resin and glass threads.

In 1962, the Val-Pro style came in three models–the Val-Pro 82, 84, and 88, along with the Val-Pro 85 bass–that were identical in hardware and ornamentation, but differed in the pickups and controls offered. The 84 (pictured here) had one single-coil pickup in the neck position, plus a transducer-type pickup built into the base of the bridge.

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National Bel-Aire Model 1198

Category: Guitar

National Bel-Aire Model 1198

National Bel-Aire Model 1198 made in 1959  this a Jazz Model  with a slightly thicker body in a beautiful natural finish with a classic headstock design and the National logo. These single pointed cutaway models appeared from 1953 until 1961 mainly in Sunburst, so this Natural Finish is a probably considered few and far between in this condition. National had Gibson make these bodies for them and they attached their necks to what we know now as the ES-175 by Gibson, so you can understand why this body is so fine and luxurious to the point that if you did not know this fact, you would be scratching your head with amazement as to why National could make such a fine guitar. This 3 pickup bound body, has a Master Tone knob control. It has the original “Stone” Case and is a fine case for the day this beautiful guitar made it into the market place.

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