Although primarily known for their exceptional resonator guitars of the pre-war period, the National electric and acoustic instruments produced under the Valco umbrella in the '50s & '60s are some of the most interesting, unique and cool instruments to come out of the guitar boom of the mid 20th century. Of all the electric models produced by National, the Glenwood 99 is the rarest and most deluxe. This model from 1962 is the finest example we have seen of what was the top of the line electric model from National, and probably the most deluxe electric guitar they ever manufactured.
Introduced in 1962, this first production year Glenwood 99 is exactly the same spec as the model famously used by Bob Dylan on the Rolling Thunder Review tour, and features some specifications found only on these first year instruments. Based around the ever recognisable Res-O-Glass 'Map' body design, this Glenwood 99 features two humbuckers along with a piezo pickup under the bridge, which combined with the unique tonal quality of the fibreglass body offers a huge range of unique sounds. The body is finished in a sleek Snow White finish, and features luxurious appointments like the mother of pearl butterfly neck inlay, and the stair step tailpiece. The pick guard is finished off with a pin stripe design and National crest decal.
This guitar is exceptionally rare, and is in equally exceptional original condition, with only very minor signs of play wear. The electronics, hardware, pick guard and finish are all original and correct. The National headstock logo has sustained some minor damage but is still perfectly legible. This guitar also includes its original National case.