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1959 National Bel Aire semi-acoustic with body by Gibson


Here's a National Bel Aire from 1959 which may look strangely familiar to Gibson enthusiasts. Never mind the smokescreen provided by the triple pickups and myriad of controls, the body itself is identical to that of the Gibson ES-175 of the same era and indeed was made by Gibson for National.

This guitar is indeed a beauty, and is currently being offered for sale on eBay with a Buy It Now price of $2,995.95. The seller has provided some very nice photos on the auction page, but I only wish there was one of the whole length of the instrument in one shot.

G L Wilson

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