This is a hard to find 1954 National 1155 - of which we have 2 , this particular one does not have a pickup. It has a sunburst top, natural back and sides finish, Spruce Top, Mahogany Back and Sides, Mahogany Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard. This rather flashy-looking electrified flat-top guitar is a product of both Gibson and National/Valco, the result of the complex intertwining of these two companies with the CMI (Chicago Musical Instrument) empire in the 1940s and '50s. CMI owned Gibson outright, but also acted as the exclusive distributor for Valco's National brand. As Valco did not operate a high-quality wood shop, a deal was struck for them to purchase Gibson-made acoustic guitar bodies "in the white" (unfinished) for their better grade instruments to be fitted out with National necks and hardware. The pickguard is a translucent "leopard striped" celluloid peculiar to National, which gives the guitar a typically 1950s "Populuxe" tinge. The triple-bound sunburst top has a look a bit less artful if more dramatic than the period Gibson style and the heavy rosewood bridge has a point on the bottom end and four large securing screws left in plain sight (Gibson covered theirs with pearl dots!). Comes with a hardshell case.