Posted: Sun Jun 30, 2013 11:21 pm Post subject: Thriftstore Score. National SG
There's a thrift store at the mall by my parents house. I was craving a sammich at Firehouse Subs. So after I gorged my face with meats and hot sauce, I swung by to see what knick knacks they had, and look what I found:
A 1960's/70's National SG430-2GT. For $50. Fuck yes. Bought it without thinking twice. Took it home, got the sticker it had off of it and tuned it to pitch. It's got tons of mojo, but the frets are ok, and it weighs almost nothing. It looks like it had a trem originally, but it's been removed and replaced with a stop bar tailpiece. If it works when I plug it in, it'll be a win. And if not, it'll look awesome on my wall.
The internet is full of info (and porn)... here's info courtesy of tabdog over at squier-talk
They were imported from Japan and sold in 1972 or so by Strum & Drum in Chicago
Since Chicago has one of the larger (but not the largest) Puerto Rican populations in the mainland US, it would make sense to me that the guitar was purchased by a Puerto Rican who lived or studied in Chicago, and brought it back to PR when they returned. Or a serviceman who was stationed in PR (we had several bases up until the late 90's).
Anyway, some related pics
From what I've read, the guitar originally had gold hardware and a vibrola-ish trem, which has been replaced with a stopbar tailpiece (gonna leave it). Also, the original tuners were gold trapezoids, replaced with Kluson Keystone replicas. When I get home from work, I'm gonna pop off the pickguard and find out what the pickups are, and what needs to be replaced to get it working. _________________ 10 PRINT "Bite Me!"
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