National Silvo Instruments.

National Silvo Mandolin

National Silvo electric mandolin pic

National Silvo electric mandolin pic

National Silvo electric mandolin pic

National Silvo electric mandolin picNational Silvo electric mandolin pic


National Silvo Tenor Serial #2538

The rarest of the Silvos, this is the only tenor that I know of!
The celuloid pickguard has outgassed and crumbled, as was common with the early plastics.

National Silvo electric Tenor pic

National Silvo electric Tenor pic

National Silvo electric Tenor pic


National Silvo Hawaiian Lap Steel Guitars, B8257 and C1297

Using a tenor guitar body, these are great sounding Hawaiian lap steels. Unlike the New Yorkers which had several pickups (usually 3), these only had a pickup at the bridge position.

These are the only National model I have ever seen where the fingerboard must have been glued on after the neck was fitted to the body! It is only a 1mm thick phenolic sheet, black on white, but this means that it is impossible to remove the neck if required.

(Some stupid@#$% has carefully chisled the roman numerals off the neck and also removed the headstock logo from C1297!)

National Silvo electric Hawaiian Lap Steel Guitar pic

B2867 on Left, C1297 on Right.

National Silvo electric Hawaiian Lap Steel Guitar pic
The pickup has two coils, one for the top 3 treble strings, one for the 3 bass.

National Silvo electric Hawaiian Lap Steel Guitar pic
Note the absence of dots covering screws.

National Silvo electric Hawaiian Lap Steel Guitar pic
The blocking inside the body to which the neck is screwed can just be seen through the f hole.


Pre Silvo style 0

Prior to the Silvo range going into production, National advertised that you could return your resonator instrument to the factory, and they would electrify it! Here is an example..
I have the advert so will scan and add it soon.

National pre Silvo electric guitar

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