The National model 1111 Aristocrat is a Gibson-built 17” archtop featuring a tone-bar-braced maple ply body and a bolted-on Valco-style neck. This model was built for a short while through the late 1940s and early 1950s during a time when CMI was the parent company of both Gibson and National. It is unique in that it was originally set up with a dual pickup system that comprised of a single-coil neck pickup and a piezo bridge pickup with on-board blending control. Those original pickups really don’t sound very good though, and this example has been hot-rodded with a Jazz Master neck pickup and a K&K acoustic soundboard pickup and stereo wiring. The Jazz Master pickup in the neck works beautifully with the big 17” body, offering up a jazzy / bluesy / rockabilly vibe and strong output. The K&K pickup can clean it all up if you’re after a fully acoustic amplified tone.

The guitar plays well and is nicely set-up with 12-53 strings. The original frets appear to have been recently dressed and play cleanly. Neck carve has a lowish C feel and a 1-11/16” nut width. Original finish throughout, some of which has flaked away at the guitar’s bottom. There are attractive craze-lines throughout, and some great looking patina. Original tailpiece, tuners, nut and control plates. Newer pickguard and bridge.

With period hardshell case

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Folkway Music

Folkway Music

Brand New
16 Years
Folkway Music
Waterloo, ON
11:27 PM
Folkway is open from 11 AM to 6 PM Tuesday to Friday, and from 10 AM to 5 PM on Saturday.

Folkway Music accepts Visa, Mastercard, money order, bank transfer, or cash.

Folkway Music ships internationally. On applicable instruments, we'll help acquire the CITES permits that may be needed as quickly as possible. We most frequently use FedEx, but can arrange to ship with any carrier, at a customers request.

Folkway Music offers a 48 hour approval period. We will refund your payment if you are not 100% satisfied with your instrument. All shipping costs are non-refundable, however, and are the responsibility of the purchaser.